- The Washington Times - Monday, July 9, 2007

The sports czars — Roger Goodell, David Stern and Bud Selig — should be motivated to hold a green summit following the stirring sermons of the Live Earth celebrities.

The inspiring appearance of Leonardo DiCaprio at Giants Stadium in East Rutherford, N.J., lent a carbon-free air of credibility to an event that was staged with the eco-friendly help of windmills, hamster-powered wheels and candles.

As expected, DiCaprio pedaled a bicycle from his home in Hollywood Hills to be on stage with the high priest of the movement, Al Gore, who told the crowd: “You are Live Earth.”

Gore proceeded to take the seven-point pledge he is encouraging others to embrace.

The pledge calls on Americans to smack any grocer who hands them a plastic bag at the checkout line, as demonstrated by two method actors in a commercial touting a cleaner earth.

This is not considered assault in the new world order.

“Today 2 billion of us have come together in over 130 countries on seven continents,” Gore said. “Times like these demand action. Please sign the Live Earth pledge.”

That plea extends to the sports czars, who could require their teams to become more eco-friendly in a variety of ways, starting with travel by hot-air balloon.

The private-jet addiction of sports teams is well known.

But if DiCaprio, Gore and John Travolta can eschew their private jets, America’s sports teams certainly can do the same.

DiCaprio tackled the delicate subject of transportation while promoting his eco-documentary, “The 11th Hour,” in Cannes, France, in May.

Asked whether he had traveled to the nuclear-powered country by jet, DiCaprio said, “No, I took a train across the Atlantic.”

Traveling to Europe by train is an option more Americans are starting to consider, although missing the connecting train in Reykjavik, Iceland, remains a problem the Trans-Atlantic Railroad Authority has been unable to resolve.

DiCaprio, like Sting and so many of the green thumbs who donated their musical talents to Live Earth, has moved out of his energy-guzzling mansion to save the earth.

These intellectual giants in the entertainment industry are making these sacrifices in order to be consistent with their philosophy.

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