The A-listers helped honor Standing Rock Sioux Tribal Council Chairman David Archambault II at Global Green's pre-Oscar party.

While the annual Global Green Gala has always had its finger on the pulse of environmental issues, the recent political climate has heightened the importance of a pre-Oscars fete raising awareness for global warming and matters that contribute to the demise of our planet.

This sentiment was shared by Hollywood greats like Jane Fonda, Orlando Bloom, Jeff Bridges and Oliver Stone, who all took the stage at the brand new TAO Hollywood to present awards to those leading the charge on behalf of the environment.

Fonda, there to present an award to Standing Rock Sioux Tribal Council Chairman David Archambault II, passionately recounted her own experience in North Dakota in November.

“It’s very hard to describe what it was like to be there. I’d never experienced anything like this — it was cold, people were living in tents, teepees, yurts, in sleeping bags on the ground and you could tell there was no danger, no violence, no weapons,” said the actress. “I’ve never been hugged so much, and it wasn’t just me. Everyone who went there experienced the same thing. And we needed to be hugged.

Bloom joined Fonda onstage to further describe Archambault’s role as a diplomat in a complicated dance between protesters and his tribe. “While recent federal decisions and the national political winds brought setbacks, the fight and the long-term battle for Standing Rock is just beginning,” said the actor. “Throughout the peaceful process, Chairman David Archambault II has demonstrated the strength and resolve of the Standing Rock Sioux, and we owe him and his people a debt of gratitude for reminding us all that we can and must stand up for what we know to be right.”

The award was received on behalf of Archambault by tribe Councilman Chad Harrison. Other awards of the night went to the Plastic Pollution Coalition, Earth Day Texas, 4Navitas and Douglas Chandler Stoup.

Bridges, who presented Plastic Pollution Coalition CEO Dianna Cohen with an award, spoke of the individual’s responsibility to take action in times like these: ”Buckminster Fuller made a wonderful metaphor using giant ocean tankards. They have a big rudder. And the engineers that were designing these large vessels found that it took too much energy to move this boat, so they created a very, simple, beautiful solution: a little rudder on the big rudder. That little rudder's called a Trim-tab. This is a great metaphor for how the individual is connected with society."

Continued the Hell or High Water Oscar nominee: “We're all Trim-tabs, and we're all connected to people who we might think of as more powerful. We all affect each other. We affect society. It's important to do what we think is right. And like The Dude says, there's a lot of different opinions. So it's important for each of us to get our opinions out there.”

The charitable evening also included performances by Estelle, Cody Simpson and Taylor Dane.

Responses to "Orlando Bloom, Jeff Bridges and Oliver Stone Unite for Standing Rock"

  1. Anonymous says:

    Your stand is appreciated in this time of distress. Brings hope that we are not alone. Thank you again !

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