Recently we told you about the United Nations applauding Tinker Bell’s commitment to the environment by making her an ‘Honorary Ambassador of Green’ in a ceremony this past Sunday.
Below is a series of photos of Tink, the cast and crew of Tinker Bell and the Lost Treasure who were in attendance of the event as well as a few other guests.
All photos by Alex J. Berliner © Berliner Studio/BEImages. All rights reserved. Courtesy of Disney.
In a step to help provide environmental awareness (and perhaps a tad of promotion), the United Nations named Tinker Bell the ‘Honorary Ambassador of Green’ early Sunday.
‘We’re delighted Tinker Bell has agreed to be our Honorary Ambassador of Green,’ said Kiyo Akasaka, Under-Secretary-General for Communications and Public Information. ‘This beloved animated character can help us inspire kids and their parents to nurture nature and do what they can to take care of the environment.’
The announcement was followed by a screening of the film attended by the filmmakers and stars Mae Whitman and Raven Symone.
There will be a UN climate change conference taking place in Copenhagen, Denmark in December.
Note: additional photos from the event can be found here.
ANAHEIM, Calif., Oct. 20 — Disneyland Resort has won the 2009 Governor’s Environmental and Economic Leadership Award (GEELA), California’s highest and most prestigious environmental honor. The award recognizes individuals, organizations and businesses that have demonstrated exceptional leadership for voluntary achievements in conserving California’s resources, protecting and enhancing the environment and building public-private partnerships. Governor Schwarzenegger recognized Disneyland Resort and 14 other GEELA recipients at a reception at the Governors’ Global Climate Summit 2 in Los Angeles on September 30.
“I applaud the Disneyland Resort for their wonderful commitment to our state’s commerce and environment. They are an inspiration to many and I thank them for their outstanding leadership,” said Governor Schwarzenegger.
“This honor recognizes Disneyland Resort’s ongoing commitment to developing socially responsible and environmentally friendly practices that promote environmental protection and economic growth,” said Frank Dela Vara, director of environmental affairs and conservation at Disneyland Resort. “We are proud of our commitment to exploring and implementing new technologies and practices that further the environmental legacy left by Walt Disney.”
Award recipients are chosen in 10 different categories based on their strength in eight specific areas including results, transferability, environmental impact, resource conservation, economic progress, innovation and uniqueness, pollution prevention and environmental justice. Disneyland received the award for several sustainable practices implemented at the Resort, including the environmentally conscientious efforts to refill the Paradise Bay at Disney’s California Adventure; the use of the Resort’s processed cooking oil to fuel its steam train locomotives; and the water and energy conservation features incorporated in the Resort’s new central bakery.
Yesterday, we reported on an upcoming ad campaign for the new ABC series ‘V.’ The campaign, which involves skywriting over the landmarks in several U.S. cities, has caught the angry eye of some environmental watchdogs-slash-tv critics such as Lisa de Moraes of The Washington Post. In her column today, de Moraes looks at some of the environmental cost of the new campaign, admitting it’s not the end of the world, but definitely calling out The Walt Disney Company as being somewhat hypocritical.
It’s also been barely a month since the environmental activist group Friends of the Earth issued a report card of major cruise lines, ranking Disney Cruise Line last, which you can read more about here.
You can read the column in The Washington Post here.
Friends of the Earth, a grassroots organization that acts on behalf of environmental activists, just published its first ever ‘Cruise Ship Environmental Report Card‘ in which it ranked the top 10 cruise lines in four different areas. Although a bit crude in its attempt to assign grade letters in what it essentially describes as a Pass/Fail system, the bottom line for its review of the Disney Cruise Line’s current two ships is pretty clear: when it comes to sewage treatment, air pollution and availability of said information, DCL earns a straight F, placing it dead last on the list.
For its research, the organization mostly relied on a letter from DCL President Karl Holz which can be seen here.
For what little I can claim to understand, although DCL doesn’t yet provide what some other cruise lines made, this shouldn’t necessarily suggest that DCL is destroying the environment but simply that there are things that can be done to reduce the impact of anything negative that may currently be in place.
Disney Launches Nationwide Environmental Science Competition for Classroom, Prizes Include Class Disneyland Celebration
BURBANK, Calif. — With the school year in full swing, educators will have a new environmental science learning tool to draw from as they develop their curriculums. Disney today announced the nationwide launch of Disney’s Planet Challenge, a project-based environmental competition for 4th – 6th grade classrooms that will empower students to make a difference in school, at home and in their local communities. With more than 15 years experience running highly-acclaimed classroom environmental competitions in regional markets including California and Florida (as “Disney’s Environmentality Challenge®”), Disney developed the new Disney’s Planet Challenge in response to growing demand across all 50 states. Program collaborations with the National Science Teachers Association (NSTA), the K-12 Alliance and state and federal government agencies ensure academic and environmental excellence. Participation in the program is free, and enrollment is open today at www.disney.com/planetchallenge.
“Disney’s environmental legacy is carried forward today in our ambitious environmental goals that not only focus on how we operate our businesses, but on how we inspire others to learn about the planet and take action as well,” said The Walt Disney Company’s senior executive vice president and chief financial officer, Tom Staggs, who oversees the company’s environmental efforts. “Disney’s Planet Challenge is an excellent example of how our unique connection to children can give us the opportunity to inspire a new generation of environmental stewards.”
To ensure Disney’s Planet Challenge promotes excellence in science education and adheres to the specific educational standards of each state, Disney is collaborating with NSTA and the K-12 Alliance. Disney has also worked closely with the U.S. and California Environmental Protection Agencies, U.S. Department of Fish & Wildlife and the California Department of Education to achieve the highest in environmental standards.