Eco-Celeb of the Week: Tom Hanks

February 28, 2013

Tom Hanks gives back to the environment by driving electric carsEco 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, legendary actor Tom Hanks caught our eye. In addition to his fabulous, award-winning movies, Hanks also is an avid supporter of the planet. Check out how he protects Mother Earth.

Three words: America’s favorite actor.

Tom Hanks should come to mind whenever those three words are uttered. From “Cast Away” to “Toy Story” to “Forrest Gump” to “You’ve Got Mail,” Hanks truly encompasses amazing talent as an actor.

However, there’s so much more to the man than his star power. For example, did you know he loves the environment? Here are just a few of the ways Hanks supports our planet. If this doesn’t get you motivated, I don’t know what will.

For years, the Oscar-winning actor has advocated on behalf of electric cars. In 2010, we was spotted driving around California in his hybrid Scion XB. The car was actually converted to run on electricity by adding an eBox.

Hanks never apologizes for what he drives or why, “There are three electric cars sitting on the moon, and now another one in my garage. The eBox makes even more sense in Los Angeles. I can drive all weekend, hauling dogs and helping my friends move, and the only reason I’ll need to stop at a gas station is for beef jerky and lottery tickets.”

If that’s not enough. According to MSN, his other cars include a battery converted Toyota RAV4 EV, the very first production of an AC Propulsion eBox and in 2010 was on the waiting list for an Aptera 2 Series.

Wow. That’s a lot of eco-friendly cars!

Hanks is also all about alternative fuels. In 2008, he autographed solar powered, wind-up radios to be auctioned on eBay to raise money for the Freeplay Foundation, which provides energy solutions and education and information via the radio.

Let’s leave you with this quote from Hanks told The Nature Conservancy (he’s a volunteer for the group), “Growing up in northern California has had a big influence on my love and respect for the outdoors. As a boy I’d often spend my days biking on riverbeds and arroyos and come home exhausted. I realize now how much I took for granted having the natural world so close at hand. For me there is nothing better than enjoying the outdoors.

“Unfortunately, I have witnessed in my lifetime a great loss of wilderness areas. I hope that the world gains an appreciation for what’s here and does everything it can to protect it. I want for my children and all of their children to enjoy the same wonders I experienced as a boy.”

Could hanks be more amazing? His eco-work is going to make people love him that much more.

-Allyson Koerner

Photo Credit: Tom Hanks, WhoSay