Eco-Celeb of the Week: Bill Clinton

October 4, 2012

Former President Bill Clinton continues to support the environmentEco 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, politician and former President Bill Clinton caught our eye as he lends his talent to the world, in general. He even is a big promoter of the planet. Check out how he protects Mother Earth.

Bill Clinton isn’t just admired for being extremely intelligent; standing up for what he believes in; or serving as the 42nd president, but he is also looked up to for his eco-activism.

Whether he’s going vegan or speaking out about climate change, Clinton doesn’t back down when it comes to the environment.

Through his William J. Clinton Foundation, the former president battles climate change. He hopes to target the root causes of this particular issue through low carbon transportation, investing in clean energy and energy efficiency, waste management and education.

As Clinton said, “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.”

When he isn’t thinking of a new way to fight global warming, he’s taking care of himself by maintaining a vegan diet. If you don’t recall, in 2004 Clinton underwent quadruple bypass surgery and needed heart surgery again in 2010, CNN reports.

He immediately changed his diet and now officially consumes no meat, no dairy and almost no oil. Yes, that means he is 100 percent vegan.

“When I had my second heart incident and I had to have these stents put in, I had passed all my physicals, I was doing great, I was still building up plaque in my arteries. So I decided that I wanted to see if I could live to be a grandfather. So I just went all the way,” Clinton told producer Harvey Weinstein about why he turned vegan.

Even though he changed his diet for health reasons, Clinton is still protecting animals in the process.

Clinton is also an advocate for President Obama, along with his environmental policies. He most recently spoke at the Democratic National Convention, where he defended Obama’s clean energy and energy efficiency initiatives.

Here’s what he said.

“The agreement the [Obama] administration made with management, labor and environmental groups to double car mileage over the next few years is [a] good deal; it will cut your gas bill in half, make us more energy independent, cut greenhouse gas emissions, and add another 500,000 good jobs.

“President Obama’s “all of the above” energy plan is helping too — the boom in oil and gas production combined with greater energy efficiency has driven oil imports to a near-20-year low and natural-gas production to an all-time high. Renewable energy production has also doubled,” he continued.

According to Treehugger, this is the first time someone stood up for environmental issues at a Democratic convention.

It doesn’t look like Clinton will be backing down anytime soon, especially when it comes to defending the planet.

-Allyson Koerner

Photo Credit: Flickr/Center for American Progress
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