So i think literally everyone and their mother has made mention of this on their blog, but if somehow anyone's missed it:
The Totoro Forest Project is underway! Spearheaded by Hayao Miyazaki, the Project is a fund raising effort to save Sayama Forest in Tokyo, which served as inspiration for the film "My Neighbor Totoro". Dozens of amazingly talented artists have come forward to donate some stunning artwork to the cause which will be auctioned off at Pixar Studios on September 6th.
Tickets to the auction were made available to the general public, unfortunately (for those of us who missed out, but good for the forest) they sold out in 2 days. Now here's some information everyone and their mother might NOT have mentioned yet: if you email them at firstname.lastname@example.org they're starting a wait list and will know in a couple of weeks if spots open up. I had hoped to go, but didn't count on tickets disappering so fast, so you know.... i found this information helpful.
Whether i can make it or not, best of luck to those guys. I know they've got the firepower (in an artistic sense... not a guns and ammo sense) behind them to make a difference.