Eco-Celeb of the Week: Woody Harrelson

December 13, 2012

Woody Harrelson gives back to the planet and teaches others how to take care of 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 actor Woody Harrelson caught our eye for his environmentalism. Check out how she protects Mother Earth.

First, let’s congratulate Woody Harrelson on his 2013 Golden Globe and SAG nominations for “Game Change”! As these noms show, he’s a talent in the acting world, and he doesn’t let his talent stop there.

Woody goes above and beyond in the environmental world. His green list of accomplishments is quite long, but here are just a few ways he gives back to the planet.

The “Cheers” actor has been actively discussing the benefits of wheat-based paper. Most recently, he backed Prairie Pulp and Paper Inc., a Canadian sustainable paper company, and hopes to create North America’s first “non-wood pulp-and-paper mill.”

“I’d like to see it get to the point where we never use trees to make paper because to me it’s just a barbaric way to make it. It’d be nice to just stop using the forest. I hope people don’t lose their jobs or can transition into other jobs, but to me, we’ve taxed the forest enough,” he told the Canadian Press.

Check out Woody below, explaining why this project is important.

In addition to protecting trees, Woody is also an animal activist and vegan. For years, he’s spoken about his plant-based diet and wants others to follow in his footsteps.

About 25 years ago Woody transitioned to veganism and he used to avidly preach about it, but he’s stopped doing that. He decided his body and health will speak for him, “I try not to preach about diet any more. I used to do that because I see so many people eating s***. Now I just let people see my energy and how strong I stay.”

“The Hunger Games” star has even been recognized for his diet and was named PETA’s 2012 Sexiest Vegetarian, alongside actress Jessica Chastain.

Woody doesn’t just practice eco-friendliness outside of work, but also brings sustainability to movie sets. While filming “Game Change,” the actor showed up with his sustainable bus.

Known as the “Mothership,” the bus is quite colorful with unicorns, rainbows and dolphins painted on it. Inside, it’s covered with a cork floor and also has solar panels.

He first came into possession of the bus in 2003 while filming his documentary, “Go Further.” The film documented Woody’s travels throughout California on bike and bus, as he reached out to others about supporting the planet.

What will Woody do next for the eco-community? I can’t wait to see!

-Allyson Koerner

Photo Credit: Wikimedia/David Shankbone