Eco-Celeb of the Week: Kevin Bacon

October 11, 2012

Kevin Bacon lends a helping hand to animals and the planetEco 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, actor and environmentalist Kevin Bacon caught our eye for his talent and eco-efforts. Check out how he protects Mother Earth.

Kevin Bacon’s acting resume goes on for miles. “Footloose,” “Mystic River,” “Apollo 13” and his upcoming FOX TV show, “The Following.”

There’s no argument that he’s a talented guy, but there’s so much more to him than his roles. For example, Kevin is an environmental activist. Seriously, what can’t he do?

Let’s start with Kevin’s animal activism. In 2011, he partnered with the Natural Resource Defense Council (NRDC) promoting the protection of the world’s last Spirit Bears. Not only did he promote this cause on Twitter, but he narrated a video detailing the importance of saving the species. The video is posted below, so be sure to watch.

In addition to helping wildlife, he also loves his own pets. If you want proof, just visit Twitter and look at all of the adorable photos.

Last January, he and wife Kyra Sedgwick’s rescue dog, Paulie, sadly died. Rescuing and taking care of animals isn’t something new for the married duo of 23 years. After Hurricane Katrina, they volunteered with Animal Rescue New Orleans and Kevin also narrated “New Orleans Rescue America,” which tells about animals living with the aftermath of Katrina.

Kevin also shows animal passion through his diet. He’s a vegetarian and was nominated in 2011 for PETA’s Sexiest Celeb Vegetarian contest.

Another environmental issue Kevin talks about is climate change. He joined forces with actor Mark Ruffalo in Global Green’s PSA combating climate change and attended the Darker Side of Green climate change debate in New York in 2010. Kyra is also an avid spokeswoman when it comes to climate change.

The two sound like the perfect couple to protect the planet.


-Allyson Koerner

Photo Credit: Wikimedia/David Shankbone