Eco-Celeb of the Week: Kristin Bauer van Straten

August 2, 2012

Kristin Bauer from True Blood gives back to the planet and animalsEco News Network presents our favorite eco-celeb of the week. We love seeing what celebrities are up to, and that doesn’t mean when it comes to movies, television or music albums, but with how they’re giving back to the planet. This week, Kristin Bauer van Straten caught our eye, as she contributes greatly to the environment. See how the actress lends a helping hand in protecting Mother Earth.

Kristin Bauer van Straten is known for her role as Pam, the feisty vampire, on HBO’s “True Blood,” but what some might not know is that she encompasses a great love for animals and the planet.

First, let’s discuss her animal activism. Currently, the actress is fighting for the rights of elephants and rhinos in Africa. She and her husband are creating a documentary, “Out for Africa,” telling a story “about the people, the land and horrific Elephant Ivory and Rhino horn poaching that is at an all time high since it was banned in 1989,” she revealed on the charity website Kickstarter, where Kristin is trying to raise money for this important cause.

Through her documentary, she hopes to bring to light such this horrific issue, along with solutions on how to end animal cruelty.

“Together is the only way elephants and rhino may make it and also the only way I will be able to do make this documentary. In the last six months, two species of rhino have gone extinct and more are on the brink. I don’t think we can afford to wait to do something,” the actress says.

This is just a taste of the 45-year-old’s work with animals. She is also known for speaking out against cosmetic testing on animals, rescuing animals from local shelters and of course raising money for other animal issues.

In addition to her work with animals, Kristin also is a dedicated vegan, which makes sense and shows her love going above and beyond for Earth’s creatures. Even though her husband is a meat-eater, he takes interest in Kristin’s views.

“He’s been really lovely about trying to learn what a vegetable is. It’s really sweet, he thought couscous was a vegetable when we met!” she told SheKnows.

In her recent interview with SheKnows, Kristin also spoke about her eco-friendly lifestyle and revealed that she is giving her Los Angeles home a sustainable makeover.

“I was raised with a real common sense attitude that you clean up after yourself,” she told SheKnows. “If I ruined my Barbie, I didn’t just get another one. You plan ahead and you know the resources that you have and you work within those boundaries.”

Just think if more people had that attitude, our environment probably wouldn’t be in so much trouble.

To learn more about Kristin and her passion for the environment and all things living, watch this video. Keep up the good work Kristin!

Via Kickstarter

-Allyson Koerner

Photo Credit: Flickr/Gage Skidmore