Brad Pitt’s New Orleans Commitment
The first big celebrity siting (outside of George Soros) at the Clinton Global Initiative is Brad Pitt, who told a luncheon audience about his commitment to building housing in New Orleans’ Lower Ninth. Pitt’s sharkskin vest, two-day stubble, and blonde highlights contrasted sharply to, say, Al Gore’s gray suit – but he had a serious point to make.
"What should be made clear is that Katrina was a man-made disaster – and that climate change is certainly a man-made problem caused by decades of irresponsible planning," said the actor, who famously moved to New Orleans last year.
Pitt announced that he will partner with real-estate developer and philanthropist Steve Bing to create 150 low-price, sustainable homes as part of Pitt’s "Make it Right" project, and he asked CGI attendees to match his commitment of up to $10 million. A representative of the Virgin Group promptly pledged the first $100,000.
"I thought that maybe we could build a better home for these people, maybe we can bring intelligent design to New Orleans and please I don’t want any confusion, I’m not talking about creationism," he said.
The green blog TreeHugger has more on the commitment.
One further style point: when Pitt announced the commitment, there was silence. But he grinned his movie star grin and looked around the room. "C’mon a little applause," he urged. "I know … it’s cool."