Green is the New Color of Glam in Hollywood
This guest post is by Edwin, who writes about celebrities, movies, and TV for the Celebutaunt blog on USDish.
As Uncle Ben once told Peter Parker, “With great power comes great responsibility,” and it’s always inspiring to see our favorite stars use their world-wide power and influence to make the world a better place. In honor of celebs who aren’t afraid to sit in a tree for weeks, pedal a bike to power their house or trade in their SUV for a Prius, here’s our green carpet hall of fame.
1. Edward Norton
Edward Norton comes from a long line of activists so it was no surprise when the actor was named a U.N. Goodwill Ambassador for Biodiversity in 2010. Norton is an advocate for conservation and community development, serving on the board of the Maasai Wilderness Conservation Trust, supporting The Wilderness Society and Earthjustice, and joining with BP’s Solar Neighbors program to help outfit low-income homes with solar panels throughout the L.A. area. He even sacrificed his body for the cause, running the New York Marathon in an effort to raise over $1 mil for the Maasai Wilderness Conservation Trust.
2. Ed Begley, Jr.
No one in Hollywood is more well-known for their green cred than this former “St. Elsewhere” star. He’s been outspoken about the environment since the 60’s and has been putting his money where his mouth is by driving an electric car and living in a solar-, wind- and bike-powered home. That’s right, folks; Ed powers the home himself by pedaling away on a stationary bike. He also sells his own brand of eco-cleaners, runs a website full of sustainable tips, has written a guide to sustainable living and has a documentary, “Zero Energy America” in the works.
3. Cameron Diaz
This blonde surfer chick is no ditz when it comes to sustainable living, and even co-authored “The Green Book” just to prove the point. She hosted “Trippin’” on MTV, a show that took viewers on eco-adventures exploring endangered habitats across the globe. Diaz also drives a hybrid car and has been heavily involved in the Environmental Media Association as well as being selected by Al Gore as a presenter for his acclaimed documentary, “An Inconvenient Truth.”
4. Leonardo DiCaprio
Leo uses his Hollywood hotness to do more than make the ladies swoon – he once set out to convince his fellow celebs to arrive at the Oscars in a hybrid vehicle, and it worked! He also wrote, narrated and co-produced “The 11th Hour,” a documentary that underscored the impact humans have on the environment. In 1998, Leo started his foundation, with the mission of “supporting efforts to secure a sustainable future for our planet and all of its inhabitants.” He is also a member of Global Green USA, Natural Resources Defense Council, and the International Fund for Animal Welfare.
5. Harrison Ford
We always knew the guy who played Indiana Jones and Han Solo had to be a heroic bad ass in real life, and Ford’s actions for the environment are nothing short of heroic. The actor donated 389 acres of his property as a conservation easement to the Jackson Hole Land Trust in Wyoming. The Trust protects wildlife, preserves open space and restricts development. A long-standing environmental activist, Ford won the Global Environmental Citizen Award in 2002 and has served as Vice Chair of the Board of Directors of Conservation International.
6. Daryl Hannah
Daryl Hannah is using her celeb clout to make a big splash for the environment. The activist actress sat in a tree for 23 days in an effort to save an urban community garden in L.A. She was rewarded for her efforts with an eventual arrest, but that hasn’t slowed down her commitment to sustainability and raising awareness about the devastating damage done to the Amazon by oil companies. Daryl also lives in a home that is entirely off the grid.
7. Adrian Grenier
Although Adrian was never been able to convince the powers that be at “Entourage” to give his character a Prius, he’s made a big impact on the environmental scene in his real life. The star added recycled-denim insulation to his NYC fixer-upper and even converted his home’s pool from chlorine to more eco-friendly saline. His actions haven’t gone unnoticed; in 2008 he was honored with the Blue Sky Award for Environmental Activism at the Vail Film Festival.
8. Natalie Portman
The fashionable Oscar winner proves that you don’t have to sacrifice style in the name of being green. Portman designs her own line of vegan designer shoes, which benefits The Nature Conservancy, and has been working for environmental causes since she was the tender age of 11. When Natalie presented at the Environmental Media Awards, they showed a clip of the young actress singing (literally) the praises of recycling. She also narrated “Saving a Species: Gorillas on the Brink,” and has been active with organizations like Global Green USA.
9. Robert Redford
Redford was green before green was cool. He has put in over 30 years on the board of the Natural Resources Defense Council, has lobbied Congress and helped pass environmental legislation and has been talking about the dangers of global warming since the 70’s. Redford was instrumental in keeping the Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument in Utah, a 1.7-million-acre expanse of land, out of the hands of commercial developers for more than two decades until President Clinton officially closed the area to development in 1996. He was named “Time’s” 2007 Hero of the Environment, and continues to be active on behalf of wilderness, sustainability and championing other green issues.