CULTURE | 6 Celebrity Eco-Advocates Changing the World, Plus Giveaway!
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Q: Which celebrity has a warrant out for his/her arrest in Japan after preventing whale and dolphin hunting alongside Sea Shepherd activists? Hint: The answer’s somewhere in this post!
Gisele won Best Green International Celebrity in 2011’s Green Awards, honoring her work as the Goodwill Ambassador for the United Nations Environment Program (UNEP), The Drop of Water Movement, and the Clean Water Project. But Gisele isn’t the only one. Turns out, there’s a whole host of celebrities out there working to promote a cleaner, healthier, more environmentally friendly world. The following are a list of our favorite famous eco advocates:
Brad Pitt. In the wake of Hurricane Katrina in 2007, he founded Make It Right, a foundation that provides sustainable, energy efficient housing to communities in need, and helped rebuild the storm-devastated 9th Ward in New Orleans. Pitt and his wife appear to have made sustainability a family affair, too, spending part of their Christmas holiday visiting an animal sanctuary in Namibia and donating $2 million to the organization’s conservation efforts.
Rachel McAdams. One of the founders of Green is Sexy, this star of The Notebook and Mean Girls works to spread information and helpful tips to make going green fun. The New York and Toronto resident powers her homes with renewable energy, and often hops on her bike instead of driving in the city, and when she finds herself in LA for work, she rents hybrids.
Leonardo DiCaprio. In addition to maintaining a blog on sustainable living (where he endorsed our eco-conscious book, Hope Beneath Our Feet), DiCaprio a produced an award-winning documentary on the dangers of global warming called The 11th Hour, drives a hybrid, and uses solar panels to power his home. He is even building an eco-friendly resort on his own island in Belize.
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Adrian Grenier. The host of Planet Green’s Alter Eco, Grenier is a major advocate for going green. His lifestyle/makeover series aims to demonstrate the small changes people can make to have a positive impact on the environment.
Alicia Silverstone. A vegan and organic chef, Silverstone wrote The Kind Diet, on the physical and environmental benefits of going green, and her website, TheKindlife.com, has become a hub for supporting the environmental positives of a vegan lifestyle. She also has her own line of natural cosmetics, The Alicia Silverstone Collection, all organic and animal-friendly.
Hayden Panettiere. A staunch advocate for animal rights, Hayden was awarded the Genesis Award by the Humane Society, and even gotten her feet wet (literally) when she teamed up with anti-whaling activists from Sea Shepherd to help prevent dolphin and whale hunting, leading to an arrest warrant for the young actress in Japan.
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