What do Leonardo DiCaprio, Brad Pitt and Cate Blanchett all have in common apart from their good looks?
Celebs tend to have a way with setting trends whether it’s fashion or social awareness. With an increasing number of celebrities embracing green technology, you can only hope that the ripple effect will translate into millions of fans wanting to go green.
Here are the celebrity environmentalists
Leonardo drives a Prius hybrid and he owns a $3,200 eco-friendly toilet. The Leonardo DiCaprio Foundation, a charity he established, works in preserving some the last wild places on this planet through grants, campaigns and media exercises. He wrote and co-produced The 11th Hour, a documentary based on climate change. He also serves on boards of organisations like World Wildlife Fund, International Fund for Animal Welfare, Global Green USA and Natural Resources Defence Council.
After the devastation that hurricane Katrina caused, Brad Pitt used $5 million to establish the Make It Right Foundation, which went on to build 150 green homes in New Orleans. The organisation then built green homes in a reservation in Montana. He, along with Angelina Jolie, founded the Maddox Jolie-Pitt Foundation, which helps poverty ridden Cambodians in areas like education, healthcare, rural planning, conservation, agriculture and micro-businesses.
She was the motivating force behind The Wharf Theatre’s solar panel installation. She also played a key role in the rainwater collection system installed at the same theatre, which is amongst the largest the world over. She lives in a home that is completely green.
Alicia’s estate in Los Angeles relies on the use of solar power, and it boasts of an organic vegetable garden. She is a vegan, and her fondness for animals is rather well known. When she married Christopher Jarecki, the ceremony was eco-friendly, they served vegan food, and they made use of recycled invitations and organic flowers.
Ed Begley Jr.
Ed makes use of thermal and solar energy to power his home, he has a line of eco-friendly cleaning products branded Begley's Best, he composts his garbage, he’s been the owner of a windmill and he’s shared ownership of a wind farm. Once, he got to the Academy Awards on his bike, shunning the limo.
Ed Norton has been a proponent of green energy for a while. A program he designed, called BP Solar Neighbours, donates a solar power system to a needy family in Los Angeles every time a celebrity installs a solar power system. He is an active member of the Friends of the High Line group that campaigns to save green space in Manhattan. He also hosted a series, Strange Days on Planet Earth, for National Geographic.
The Environmental Hall of Fame has recognised this actor’s efforts to work towards a greener and cleaner planet. He lives in a home that produces excessive solar power which he sells to the grid, and the home has a recycled water system, a solar compost pile and completely insulated windows.
George was the first person in the US to buy an electric car, when he got a Tango to replace his BMW. He works closely with the Oil Change International campaign aiming to minimise and eventually eliminate the country’s dependence on oil from foreign shores.
Johnny Depp owns a 15 hectare island that relies completely on solar power, with no connection to the grid at all.
Her home in Malibu makes use of sustainable materials, and it draws energy from a solar power system.
She lives in a remote home that depends on solar power almost entirely. She likes cycling short distances, and uses her electric car otherwise.
Daryl’s green efforts when she protested against the Keystone XL pipeline at the White House resulted in her arrest. She continues spreading the message of going green by joining eco-symposiums, and even participated in a film that took on fossil fuel companies.
This is not an exhaustive list of celebrities doing their bit for the environment, and it’s in no particular order. There are several others celebs who’re doing what they can, and here’s wishing all of them the best.