These days most celebrities are activists in some way, shape or form. Many spearhead humanitarian efforts, animal treatment concerns and a good number are involved in conservation efforts as well. Some celebrities really shine in their involvement, and this article will focus on five of the biggest stars and their support of “going green.”
Leonardo DiCaprio is more than just a talented actor. As a leader in worldwide conservation efforts, DiCaprio started the Leonardo DiCaprio Foundation, which works toward several environmental and humanitarian efforts, including forest preservation, ocean conservation and renewable energy research. While many celebrities fly the world over in private jets, Leo opts to tool around in an energy efficient Prius, further adding to his reputation as one of the most environmentally-minded actors in Hollywood.
Edward Norton has such memorable films under his belt as American History X, Fight Club and The Incredible Hulk, but he takes the idea of being a “green” superhero to heart. Norton leads many conservation efforts, most notably those involving solar energy and providing low-income families with clean energy options. The actor also acts as the United Nations Goodwill Ambassador for biodiversity.
Brad Pitt has been a long-time humanitarian and environmentalist. His most notable contributions have been in spearheading his environmentally friendly restoration project, the Make it Right Foundation. The project focused on rebuilding post-Katrina New Orleans and is one of the largest single community humanitarian efforts in history.
Hollywood legend Robert Redford was labeled by Time magazine as a “Hero of the Environment,” and it’s for good reason. Redford founded the Sundance Preserve, a not for profit organization that is dedicated to protecting the North Fork Canyon area in Utah. He also produced The Green, a television program that addressed solar energy and wilderness preservation.
Dave Matthews Band
Let’s face it, musicians spend a lot of time on the road, and it’s easy to swap convenience for environmentally responsible actions with such a nomadic and hectic lifestyle, but the Dave Matthews Band is a leader among musicians who are leading a green lifestyle, even when they’re on the road. The band focuses on eating local and reducing waste, no matter where they’re at on tour. All of the band’s tour vehicles run on biodiesel fuel, an effort that has had a tremendous impact on their carbon footprint, to the tune of more than 100,000 tons of reduced carbon dioxide since their touring career began.