Don’t we all believe that actors enjoy such a fancy and larger than life lifestyle? This is true, but only in parts. When you are a famous celebrity, you also have certain power. But remember, with great power comes greater responsibility. Thankfully, these celebrities used their power for a better cause and have been fighting to save our environment. And I am not just talking about fancy speeches or publicity stunts. These celebs have actually stepped on to ground level and brought about a change.
1. Leonardo DiCaprio
Of course, if you were living on another planet until now, at least after his Oscar acceptance speech you’d know that Leonardo DiCaprio holds the issue of climate change pretty close to his heart. He has actually been associated with the cause years now. Apart from having his own Leonardo DiCaprio foundation which works towards the cause of climate change and wildlife, DiCaprio also helped raise funds for the Haiti earthquake. The United Nations had even named DiCaprio a U.N. Messenger of Peace with special focus on climate change.
2. George Clooney
Clooney is currently fighting for human rights in the Maldives, but the actor has done his bit for the environment. In the pas,t he has vehemently slammed those who were spreading the reports that climate change has got nothing to do with humans. He even argued that denying the existence of climate change is ridiculous. He has also been involved with the launch of Oil Change, a campaign to eliminate America’s dependence on foreign oil. He even traded his BMW for two-seater eco-friendly electric car!
3. Rahul Bose
Our very own Bollywood actor and social activist, Rahul Bose has been active in the fight against climate change and environmental protection as well. In 2009, Rahul, who represented Oxfam at the UN Climate Conference in Copenhagen, joined tens of thousands of demonstrators at a mass rally and candlelight vigil outside the Danish Parliament in Copenhagen. He even has his own Rahul Bose foundation which works towards the cause of climate change.
4. Mark Ruffalo
While you all may know of Mark Ruffalo as the big green guy, Hulk, he’s pretty green in real life too. He is an active clean energy supporter and even has his own charity organisation Water Defense. He was also awarded The Humanitarian Award for his work with Water Defense at the BAFTA Los Angeles Britannia Awards. He has actively worked towards fighting the fracking in New York.
5. Brad Pitt
Well, we all know what great social activists Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie are. Brad Pitt in particular, has been working towards green environment and sustainable homes. In 2007, Brad Pitt founded The Make It Right Foundation for providing affordable and sustainable homes to communities around the world. Pitt also supports the concept of green housing to be made available nationally as a housing model. He also received an award from the U.S. Green Building for his housing concept.
6. Gul Panag
Gul Panag is part of the Col. Shamsher Singh Foundation and Gul 4 Change. It works towards basic sanitation, waste disposal and effective employment of natural energy resources. In fact, she also formulated a “green home” by effectively employing water harvesting and solar power energy instead of exhaustive resources.
7. Matt Damon
Since years now, Matt Damon has been working for the cause of clean water. Damon founded H2O Africa, a charity providing clean water to African communities. Not only that, he also created Water.org to provide access to clean water in all continents.
8. Emma Watson
The Harry Potter actress has been actively involved in promoting sustainable fashion. She has designed eco capsule collections for People Tree, a fair trade sustainable clothing brand. She even flew to Bangladesh to see where the clothing was being made, and met the people who were making it. She also collaborated with The Green Carpet Challenge which works to promote sustainable style on the red carpet.