Environmental Friendly Celebrities who support green building, conservation and various aspects of sustainability and alternative energy. Being “green conscious” has become a deeply held cause embraced by many of Hollywood’s elite. A wide array of stars have made it an avocation to champion their favorite environmental and green causes. Many are advocates for every aspect of saving the environment while some lend their names and influence to specific areas.
While domestic environmental issues draw continued attention, many environmentalists are now placing international issues at the top of their list of priorities. Issues like global warming, population growth, deforestation, and the continued loss of many species of plants and animals have reached increasing prominence on the environmental agenda.
Here are a list of celebrity elites who are doing a good cause to the environment out there.
Dave Matthews Band: offsets CO2 emissions produced by their multi-city tours by funding projects such as tree plantings and wind turbine construction.
Cate Blanchett: plans to equip Sydney Theatre Company building with solar panels, rainwater collection systems to make it completely eco-friendly. Sydney home is fully powered by solar energy, donates to Forest Guardians.
Richard Branson: Virgin Group chairman, a former global warming skeptic, who in Sept. 2006 pledged to spend all profits from his airline and rail businesses (estimated $3 billion over 10 years) on investments in biofuel research and projects to tackle emissions.
Pierce Brosnan: focuses on marine mammal and wetland protection, headlined Natural Resources Defense Council campaign against effects of Navy sonar on whales, awarded 1997 Green Cross International Environmental Leadership Award.
Ward Burton: Ward Burton – Ward Burton Wildlife Foundation: NASCAR driver and winner of the Daytona 500, he is the founder of this foundation whose mission is to conserve America’s land and wildlife.
Gwyneth Paltrow & Camerson Diaz: Act Green: “unite to conserve energy and reduce our reliance on oil.”
Cameron Diaz: Trippin’, MTV Series: “Cameron Diaz and a group of her close, personal friends think globally and act globally too as they travel to unlikely getaways…from Chile to Yellowstone, on a quest to safeguard the environment.”
Leonardo Dicaprio: started the Leonardo DiCaprio Foundation in 1998 to promote environmental issues, drives a hybrid car, currently writing and producing a feature length documentary on global warming called “11th Hour”.
Harrison Ford: vice chairman of Conservation International, has a Central American ant named after him, won the Global Environmental Citizen Award in 2002.
Jane Goodall: The Jane Goodall Institute: Purpose to advance the power of individuals to take informed and compassionate action to improve the environment of all living things
Daryl Hannah: arrested in June 2006 for staging a 23-day tree sit-in during a bid to preserve an urban community garden in Los Angeles, traveled across America in 2005 in a biofuel car, home is entirely off-grid. dh love life: a video blog focused on green topics
Woody Harrelson: “transforming the world together.” This is a guy that is inspiring, focuses on biodiesel, getting off the grid, organic & overall good green-ness.
Josh Hartnett, Orlando Bloom, Maroon 5, Kt Tunstall: promoting 2007 Global Cool initiative to cut carbon emissions by encouraging people to turn off TVs, mobile-phone chargers and other energy-draining gadgets.
Barenaked Ladies: run their tour buses and trucks on biodiesel fuel.
Alanis Morissette: given 2003 Environmental Media Association Missions in Music Award; campaigns against oil drilling in Alaska; has solar panels on home.
Willie Nelson: singer, co-partner in the Willie Nelson Biodiesel Company.
Edward Norton: launched the BP Solar Neighbors Program in 2003 which matches each celebrity purchase of a solar energy home system with a solar installation in a low-income family home in Los Angeles.
Brad Pitt: co-creator of design competition to build 20 affordable, reduced energy, environmentally friendly homes in New Orleans.
Robert Redford: 30 years on board of Natural Resources Defense Council, founder of Sundance Preserve, winner of 1993 Earth Day award, 1987 United Nations Global 500 award. In April 2007, launches weekly three-hour slot called “The Green”, dedicated entirely to the environment, on his Sundance TV channel.
Sting: founder in 1989 of Rainforest Foundation to protect rain forests and their indigenous peoples.
Kt Tunstall: ran her US tour bus on biodiesel fuel, performed at eco-friendly “Golden Green” at the 2007 Golden Globe awards in Los Angeles.
Neil Young: 2004 North American tour fueled entirely with biodiesel.
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