April 12, 2011
Each week we explore celebrities and how they give back to the environment. This week, in honor of Earth Day and our celebration all month long, we will list a few out of the many celebs who give back to our planet. Each week, we’ll focus on a particular factor affecting the environment and this week we recognize stars that are fighting climate change.
1. Bill Clinton
Former President of the United States, Bill Clinton, is a huge supporter of the environment and with his William J. Foundation he continues the fight in protecting our planet. He even turned vegan to improve his health. Another aspect he works toward in battling is climate change. Through his Clinton Climate Initiative, programs are implemented in creating solutions to the root causes of climate change. “The solution to the climate crisis isn’t far off in the future – it’s in the buildings we inhabit, our civic infrastructure and the way we organize our lives,” Clinton says.
2. Mark Ruffalo
In addition to being a talented actor, Mark Ruffalo is an avid spokesman for bettering our planet. In 2001, Ruffalo joined fellow actors Orlando Bloom, James Cameron and many others in Global Green USA’s “I AM” campaign. The initiative hoped to keep climate change in the public eye. “I AM empowers people to show why they care about their cities, and what they are doing to help fight global warming. If everyone can join together to help put a face to the American victims of these pending disasters, we can help show our leaders why they must act now,” Ruffalo said. Whether it’s climate change, speaking out against the Keystone XL Pipeline or Occupying Wall Street, Ruffalo lends a helping hand to our Earth.
3. Kevin Bacon
Besides helping Mark Ruffalo above in Global Green USA’s PSA combating climate change, Kevin Bacon also joined celebrity forces at the Darker Side of Green climate change debate in New York in 2010 to raise public awareness about the continuing struggle. Bacon’s wife, Kyra Sedgwick, also lends a helping hand to her husband and climate. In 2010, the actress immediately spoke up when U.S. Congress rejected the climate bill. “Nothing is more depressing than congress deciding not to pursue climate change legislation. I am terrified for all of us…especially the children,” she revealed. Sounds like the two are in sync when it comes to the environment.
4. Maggie Gyllenhaal
Known for her roles in “The Dark Knight” and “Crazy Heart,” which she even earned an Oscar nod for, Maggie Gyllenhaal is a busy woman, wife and mother who finds time to benefit the environment. In 2008, she participated in Brighter Planet and 1Sky’s “Climate Matters!” video contest to help people get their messages out into the world about global climate change. Gyllenhall acted as one of the judges, alongside other panel members.
5. Kristin Davis
“Sex and the City” star Kristin Davis is so much more than her widely popular character Charlotte and in real life acts a dedicate advocate for the planet. She has been an avid supporter of Oxfam America since 2004, where she helps with emergency and humanitarian work. When she isn’t reaching out to others in need, Davis is sending letters and requests to G8 leaders alongside other celebs like Scarlett Johansson and Gael Garcia Bernal, also Oxfam ambassadors. In 2008, Davis and many other celebs sent a letter in hopes of some type of action finally being taken in the global climate change crisis.
Stay tuned all month long and see how Hollywood embraces and respects the environment through fashion, animals, climate change and sustainable building materials.