Celebrities have power in our society. This power can focus on the environment and can fuel the fire to making the world a better place.
Current leader in the movement, Leonardo DiCaprio, doesn’t just preach green, he lives it. DiCaprio lives in a solar powered house and drives a hybrid car. Even his work in movies proves his mission. The 2007 documentary “The 11th Hour” showed just how much the future of humanity is in danger and proposed solutions through conservation and social responsibility.
Brad Pitt combines the role of clean up and donation after natural disasters with green efforts. Pitt has started a project entitled, “Make it Right” that helps build environmentally aware houses for those who suffered from Hurricane Katrina. Pitt not only helps create the houses, but matches donations out of his own pocket.
Perhaps the celebrity guru of the green movement is Robert Redford. Redford has spent 30 years on the board of the National Resources Defense Council and has promoted solar energy since the ‘70s. His action to support environmental legislation and his passion for wilderness preservation are unmatched. He also keeps his programming green on his Sundance TV channel.
Motion pictures can even have a green seal logo named to them. “The Hulk” was one of the first movies to carry this seal with encouragement from actor Edward Norton. The set was used with recycled materials and utensils and water bottles were reduced.
Each film does it a little different. “Evan Almighty” donated trees to make up for greenhouse gas pollution during filming. “The Matrix” recycled the items used on their set for use in homes in Mexico.
Disneynature is also showing us its green side. “African Cats” will play in theaters beginning Earth Day, April 22. The film hopes to bring awareness to the need of lions and other imperiled wildlife in Africa. In conjunction with the African Wildlife Foundation and Disneynature, the project will donate 20 cents a ticket to the African Wildlife Foundation. Twenty percent of proceeds from Jordan Sparks single, “The World I Knew” will also be pledged.
Even the first lady is working on making the White House a little greener with a vegetable garden on the South Lawn. Several organic vegetables and fruits will be grown in the space to not only feed the Obamas, but demonstrate the importance of eating fresh produce from the earth. The farm will demonstrate the lack of need for overpowering and industrial farms that may use more harmful chemicals to fertilize and more oil in transporting the produce.