Jason Mraz was the musical guest on March 5 at the UCLA Institute Of The Environment And Sustainability's 2nd Annual Evening Of Environmental Excellence in Beverly Hills. The event honored the environmental accomplishments of former Vice President Al Gore, and Lyn Lear, co-founder of the Environmental Media Association. Comedian Sarah Silverman also performed and the event was hosted by actress Amy Smart and Carter Oosterhouse.
Mraz's repertoire Tuesday night included his latest single, '93 Million Miles', which he performed in front of a crowd of celebrities and environmental activists including Barbra Streisand, Courteney Cox, Warren Beatty, Annette Bening, Jeff Goldblum, Zach Braff and Larry King.
Last year, Mraz was invited by Al Gore to take part in an expedition to Antarctica to observe climate change first-hand. Mraz described in his blog how stunned he was during the trip to watch a large part of a glacier break off and sink into the sea. The trip inspired Mraz to launch a tree-planting initiative where he and his band would help plant trees in the cities he performed at during his 2012 tour.
Al Gore, star of the 2006 documentary about global warming called 'An Inconvenient Truth', told the crowd: "Last year was the warmest year in the history of North America. We had $110 billion in climate-related disasters in the U.S. last year, smashing all the previous records."
Gore, who won the Nobel Peace Prize in 2007 for his work on climate change, concluded his speech by saying: "We have a lot more work to do ... There are some who say it's impossible. I refuse to believe it. I refuse to accept it. We will solve the climate crisis."