It sounds like an exotic vacation, perhaps to some little-heard-of Pacific atoll: “We’re going green.” These words are on everyone’s lips this time of year – and, in their wake, one sees the first little organic pioneers struggling through the city’s sidewalk cracks; recycled totes appear tucked under arms at Dean & Deluca; and Tory Burch’s spring line of green caftans look very practical. We do our part keeping “Green” in style this month, starting with exclusive coverage of Wade Davis and Robert F. Kennedy, Jr.’s IMAX film, Grand Canyon Adventure: River at Risk. Both of the film’s stars pen captivating contributions about rafting the “American Nile” with their daughters Tara and Kick (we also give you an exclusive peek at the post-film screening party chez Davis, co-sponsored by WL). Water can be romantic, too – my husband and I got engaged underwater (scuba diving; he planted a sign with the big question 60 feet below). We got married against the verdant backdrop of Yosemite National Park after a coed bachelor/bachelorette river trip down the Tuolome river. Soroush and I have always shared a love of nature, which is why we are very excited to be bringing you our second annual Earth Issue, especially during a resurgence of environmentally-focused thinking and action in our country. Our “Earth Watch” feature section examines environmentalism on a regional and national scale. Will Baker of the Chesapeake Bay Foundation “wades” into the Chesapeake Bay both literally and figuratively, aided by photographer Peter Muller; Chip and Sally Akridge take us for a stroll on the National Mall; and we go into the Pentagon to look at the Green Hawks who are working hard to reduce our military’s reliance on fossil fuels. A special thank you as well to actor Ted Danson and his contribution on the overfishing of the world’s oceans. Thinking globally is one thing; living green locally, however, is the focus of our Lifestyles section. Check out our “Ten Ways to Go Green” for ideas. Or, take a ride in the newest hybrid cars, get the inside scoop on the latest “green” personal care products, and fly to The Seychelles to
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experience the finest in luxe eco-hospitality. Finally, photographer Len Depas and stylist Lana Orloff show you how to accessorize naturally in our fashion pages. Pollywood takes on an environmental focus as well, with a spotlight on green filmmaking with American University professor and director Chris Palmer. We also give you the exclusive scoop on the Venture Philanthropy Partners/ WL-hosted screening of Kicking It (in the new media room at Teatro Goldoni) and the WL-sponsored screening of Under the Same Moon (and the after-party at
Diplomatic Dance takes a look at eco-embassies; The Dish samples green cuisine; and Brazilian Ambassador Antonio Patriota writes on earth-friendly progress in his homeland. In Washington Social Diary, the earth theme continues, as our regular columnists weigh in with wry social commentary on everything under the sun. Thinking locally was easy for WL this month. We hosted another exclusive dinner with singersongwriter Patti Smith after thoroughly enjoying her reading of “Love Letters from the Archives,” and we had the exclusive peek at the welcoming of the new British Ambassador. In April, we are proud to be sponsoring fabulous nights out at the Children’s National Medical Center Ball, the Phillips Collection Gala, the Corcoran Ball, the Vital Voices Global Leadership Awards, and Fight for Children’s School Night, among others. And stay tuned for May, as we’re sponsoring the Mosaic Foundation’s annual dinner, along with many other occasions to think globally and act locally.
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