Bid to Save the Earth - Christie's Green Auction in New York

The wealthy and the glamorous came together on Tuesday night in New York to raise funds to preserve and protect the environment.

The Bid to Save the Earth live auction and runway show was an invitation-only event, part of the 2nd Annual Christies Green Auction, organized by four NGOs and hosted by comedian Seth Meyers.

[Seth Meyers, Comedian]:

“Let’s raise money tonight so next year’s luxury items at this event aren't canned goods and visits to the surface world.”

They were bidding to win celebrity experience packages, like a day with Bill Clinton, a backstage encounter with Lady Gaga or a flight with Harrison Ford in his private airplane.

[Lydia Fenet, Auctioneer]:

“Going once. He’s like, ‘I don’t even know this woman.’ Going twice. Sold to you for $65,000 for model 361. Congratulations.”

Proceeds from this year’s event and online auction will go to Oceana, the Natural Resources Defense Council, Conservation International, and the Central Park Conservancy. Runway to Green will also take some of the proceeds.

[Peter Sullivan, Chairman & Founder Conservation International]:

“The idea is really to take fashion, and environment and make environment fashionable.”

Last year’s auction raised more than 2 million dollars.

This year Ted Danson was among the celebrities supporting the event.

[Ted Danson, Actor, Oceana Board Member]:

“A billion people depend on fish for their animal protein, for their livelihood. So it becomes a world hunger issue as well. Most people don’t realize what is going on, it’s kind of out of sight out of mind. It’s such a big beautiful thing how could there be a problem, but there is it’s a big problem. But it’s fixable, so please get involved.”

Sustainable and ethical fashion is something jewelry designer Zani Gugelmann is concerned about.

[Zani Gugelmann, Jewelry Designer]:

“I think that is where the future is truly going, because you see the tsunamis, you see how the world is really being affected by the environment, which means we should really focus on saving the environment as much as we can, or just protecting the environment so that we protect ourselves.”

Online bidding in Christie’s Green Auction will continue through till April 7.

NTD News, New York