If it seems like you hear about global warming and climate issues every time you turn around, it’s partly because there a whole lot of stars who promote green lifestyles and causes. While some people are suspicious of celebrity interest in climate issues, after all, these folks thrive on publicity, there are several Hollywood and music stars who really do walk the walk.
The involvement of the actors and musicians below in global warming movements varies: Some have started organizations or support the efforts of existing groups. Others champion green lifestyles, tempering luxury with a concern for the environment by driving hybrid cars, living in green homes or changing their dietary habits. A few even take a patently activist stance, putting themselves on the line to protect the environment by participating in demonstrations.
These 10 green celebrities have taken action against and raised awareness about global warming
Ms. Diaz is well known for her green activism. In fact, her commitment to sustainability even attracted attention from Vogue magazine. Diaz has worked with Al Gore on raising awareness of climate change and is said to have been an early adopter of the Prius.
After Hurricane Katrina, Mr. Pitt generously assisted in the rebuilding of New Orleans. His charity contributed green building materials to the construction of new homes in the area.
The former Picket Fences and Ocean’s Eleven star has been active in more than one social justice issue. Not only has he taken action against the genocide in Darfur, but he has also worked with the United Nation on climate change concerns.
The star of Cheers and CSI has long been involved in ocean activism, even starting his own charity at one point.
While some celebrities might easily be accused with “greenwashing,” Ms. Hannah appears to be the real deal. She’s participated in several environmental protests over the years, including two tree sit-ins.
Another Prius driver who produced a film about global warming. When not making films, he serves on the boards of several environmental organizations.
The Incredible Hulk star has been very vocal about environmental concerns, even serving as the United Nations Goodwill Ambassador for Biodiversity
Let me count the ways Ms. Silverstone is green. . .she owns a home made of sustainable materials, she’s vegan, she’s written a book about sustainability and has lent her name to a natural cosmetics range.
The Star Wars actress has a long history of green activism and involvement behind her. She is a vegetarian, designed a line of vegan shoes and even participated in a documentary about gorilla welfare.
Sting has long been concerned with the fate of the Amazon’s rainforests and, along with wife Trudie Styler, eventually established a charity, Rainforest Foundation, dedicated to the protection of the rainforests and their inhabitants.
What do you think of celebrity involvement in the green movement? Does it detract from the issues or is celebrity involvement a good way of raising awareness?