10 CELEBRITIES MAKING A DIFFERENCE
Dr. Jane Goodall
Jane is one of the most famous environmentalists. She is a celebrity because of her environmental activism and certainly a determined individual. She has her own institute and continues to fight for the protection of animals, environment and for individuals to do their part to help the environment. Her youth program Roots & Shoots has over 150,000 members in 130 countries.
Leonardo Di Caprio
Di Caprio is a truly famous environmental activist. He produced the environmental documentary “The 11th Hour”. He serves on many boards that support animal and environmental activism including the World Wildlife Federation and Global Green USA.
Super Model Gisele Bundchen was named the 2011 Greenest International Celebrity of the Year. She has most recently joined the Rainforest Alliance board of directors.
Sting was an early supporter of protecting our earth’s rainforests. The Rainforest Foundation was created by Sting and his wife Trudie Styler. The group has several big wins in saving tropical rainforest and has helped preserve over 115,000 square kilometres.
Cate is a green living celebrity who supports many different causes but does focus on climate care. She has been a long-time ambassador for the Australian Conservation Foundation and has lobbied for carbon tax to limit greenhouse gases and help sustain climate control.
Mr. Redford has created the Sundance Foundation, but he is very involved with environmental causes as well. He is a trustee with the Natural Resources Defense Council and has written several environmental activism blogs for Huffington Post.
During his time as Vinny Chase and now post-Vinny, Adrian has supported over 19 charities and is mostly involved with issues surrounding the damaging of our environment and how it will affect our food supply. He even had his own show on discovery channel, “Alter Eco”.
Actor Mark Ruffalo is another strong advocate against the Keystone XL pipeline. His main focus is the effects the oil and gas industry have on the environment. Here is a great interview with Mark with regards to several causes he stands up for.
Brad Pitt is heavily involved in different areas of activism, spending a lot of his time focusing on development and sustainability, much of it, post-Katrina. He is also involved in the upcoming oil business exposing documentary “Big Men”.
This actress is best known for her fight against the Keystone XL pipeline and its climatic affects. She is the founder of the Sustainable Biodiesel Alliance and sits on many environmental advocacy boards. She has even been aboard for an ocean protest with Sea Sheppard!
There is definitely something to be said for celebrity activism, as it can produce results. We all know the advantages celebrities have that would allow them to be heavily involved in many of these great causes. That’s not to deter anyone else from being involved. It can begin with a small donation of time or money, but who knows where a journey of activism can take you?