Eco-Celeb of the Week: Ted Danson

February 14, 2013

Ted Danson supports oceans through OceanaEco 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, longtime actor Ted Danson caught our eye. In addition to appearing on the small and big screen, Danson also is an avid supporter of the planet. Check out how he protects Mother Earth.

You might love Ted Danson for his work as Sam the bartender on “Cheers” or his current role on “CSI” or probably for playing dad in “3 Men and a Baby.” Well, prepare yourself, because you’re going to love him even more for his environmental work with Oceana.

Ted is one of the most well-known contributors to Oceana, which is the largest ocean advocacy group in the world.

He’s been honored left and right for his work, but for Ted it’s so much more than being recognized.

His ocean activism first began in the mid-1980s, when he protested offshore oil drilling in Southern California; and when he saw a sign on Santa Monica beach reading “Water polluted, no swimming.”

“Trying to explain that to my kid was hard. It got me questioning a lot of things,” he said.

Ted then joined forces with environmental lawyer Bob Sulnick, and fought against oil digging. Eventually, the actor helped found the American Oceans Campaign in 1987, which is now Oceana.

The rest is really history.

“We could commercially fish out the oceans while at the same time environmental damage messed with the bottom of the food chain. There are so many stresses on the ocean that we could literally collapse it if we’re not careful,” he told Esquire in 2010.

The 65-year-old even wrote his own book, with co-author Mike D’Orso, “Oceana: Our Endangered Oceans and What We Can Do to Save Them.”

“[I wrote] a book that describes the most critical threats to the oceans and how we can turn them around. What follows is an eye-opening look at some of the biggest issues we face – images that I hope will inspire you to take action and help us turn back the clock on this looming crisis.”

If you don’t have the book, here is a sneak preview courtesy of Huffington Post.

He continues to support Oceana and the environment. He also works side-by-side with his wife, actress Mary Steenburgen, on Ocean’s Board of Director’s.

It’s great to see an actor dedicate over 20 years of his life to such an important cause. Check him out in action in the following video.

Via Oceana

-Allyson Koerner

Photo Credit: Flickr/Rob DiCaterino