Eco-Celeb of the Week: Cate Blanchett

November 8, 2012

Cate Blanchett contributes to 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, talented actress Cate Blanchett caught our eye for her talent and eco-efforts. Check out how she protects Mother Earth.

Cate Blanchett is a widely renowned actress for films like “The Curious Case of Benjamin Button,” “Elizabeth” and “The Aviator,” which won her an Academy Award.

She is an extremely hard worker when it comes to her job, but did you know she works just as hard to ensure the planet’s safety?

For example, she is an avid supporter of renewable energy. As Ecorazzi notes, she and husband Andrew Upton took part in the installation of a solar roof on Australia’s Sydney Theater Company.

The project cost $5.2 million, which installed 1,906 solar panels providing 70 percent of the theater’s electricity.

As the theater’s artistic director, Cate had a first-hand experience in the green project, ”As a cultural institution we want to be engaged in what is the most important issue that is facing us as a species, that is, climate change.”

Speaking of climate change, in 2011 the actress stood up for a carbon tax plan that would limit greenhouse gas emissions. Australian conservatives weren’t happy about this and fired back at Cate, but that didn’t hold her back.

“Everyone will benefit if we protect the environment. There is a societal cost of increased pollution and that’s what I’m passionate about as a mother. That’s where it gets me in the gut.

“I can’t look my children in the face if I’m not trying to do something in my small way and to urge other people. Yes, I’ve been fortunate in my career but that’s no reason not to stand up for something that I deeply believe in,” she said.

In addition to that, Cate even launched her own rainwater harvesting system in 2011, which is considered one of the largest in the world by saving around 3 million gallons annually.

Way to go Cate! It doesn’t seem anything will hold back the Oscar-winning actress. Keep up the green work!

-Allyson Koerner

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