With more resources at their disposal than your typical Californian, some Hollywood celebrities have made clear their position on the fight against climate change – and their intention to help.
“It’s not about protecting the climate. It’s about protecting life.”
Whether they encourage others to join the fight, educate them on alternative energy solutions, or assist researchers, these commendable icons deserve a tribute. Keep reading as we celebrate the incredible efforts of 10 of the most climate-conscious stars!
1. Emma Thompson
When it comes to the dangers of climate change, the Nanny McPhee and Love Actually star gets it. In a recent interview with Reuters, she discusses her views on climate change, warning: “I think that we’ve all got to shout as loudly as we can.” Emma goes on to say, “Ordinary people now need to know more. They need to inform themselves. You can’t just sit back and go, ‘Look, I recycle.’”
She makes a good point. Not only has Emma been vocal about her feelings on global warming, but she has also been a Greenpeace member for decades. In 2014, she even traveled to Svalbard, an Arctic site suffering rapid ice melt, where she met with scientists to discuss a brighter and cleaner future.
2. Jane Fonda
Whether you remember her from her performances as an actress or as an exercise instructor, Jane Fonda is also well known for her political activism. Her position on global warming is just as passionate.
In 2016, Jane participated in the Toronto “March for Jobs, Justice and Climate.” The movement hoped to educate businesses and politicians on climate change dangers. She also joined Greenpeace earlier this year at an oil protest fighting against the development of pipelines on Native land.
3. Brad Pitt
If you’re a fan of Brad Pitt, you might have seen his guest appearance on the recent Jim Jefferies Show debut. Taking on the role of a concerned weatherman, he offered a grim outlook on the weather – when asked about a future forecast, Weatherman Pitt grimly responded, “There is no future.”
Although morbid, his forecast could be accurate if alternative energy solutions are not taken seriously. Brad has done (and continues to do) his part by establishing the Make It Right foundation in 2007. The foundation builds environmentally friendly homes for Hurricane Katrina victims in New Orleans.
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4. Arnold Schwarzenegger
Then there’s Arnold. This popular former California governor and Hollywood actor has taken a slightly more aggressive approach to climate change than some of his peers. In 2015, he drew attention with his response to climate change skeptics on Facebook. His opinion? “I don’t give a damn if you believe in climate change.”
He continued to explain that choosing alternative energy does not equal agreeing with climate change, and that both sides can come together to support a better energy solution. Today, Arnold continues to take steps to reduce harmful emissions and promote clean energy.
Did you know that successful singer and Hollywood star Akon is one of the loud celebrity voices against climate change? On November 14, 2016, he addressed the UN World Climate Change Conference on the grave importance of improving efforts to fight global warming.
But perhaps most impressive is his Akon Lighting Africa Foundation. Launched in 2014, the foundation aims to provide electricity to millions of African villagers through solar energy by 2020. So far, Akon and his inspirational foundation have made excellent progress.
6. Jared Leto
Jared Leto might play a compelling supervillain in Suicide Squad, but in reality he is quite the opposite. His efforts to fight global warming include acts benefiting The Nature Conservancy and Habitat for Humanity. Plus, he is currently the global ambassador for the World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF), which shows impressive dedication to fighting climate change.
7. Mark Ruffalo
Speaking of dedication, our next celebrity fighting climate change is Mark Ruffalo, who joined other celebrities and scientists to create the 2017 climate change documentary In This Climate. That’s the second climate change documentary he has participated in; the first was Dear President Obama: The Clean Energy Revolution Is Now.
Mark is also a founder of The Solutions Project, an organization aiming to move the U.S. toward sustainable energy while elevating women and leaders of color. We think it’s safe to say he considers climate change a serious issue.
8. Robert Redford
Robert Redford openly supports a variety of climate-related causes, including environmentalism and Native American rights. As a trustee of the Natural Resources Defense Council and Pitzer College, he secured the college’s place as the first institution of higher education to commit to divesting fossil fuel stocks from its endowment – a huge commitment. In his own words, “It’s not about protecting the climate. It’s about protecting life.”
9. Gisele Bundchen
Gisele was gifted with brains and beauty, and she’s using her exposure to make a difference in the fight against climate change. In 2011, she won the Best Green International Celebrity Award. As a family contribution to the cause, Gisele launched Projeto Agua Limpa (Clean Water Project), which assists conservation efforts in the Amazon.
Thanks to her charity and concern for the environment, in 2009 Gisele was designated as a Goodwill Ambassador for the United Nations Environment Program. Her continued support makes her a wonderful role model for environmentally conscious celebrities.
10. Leonardo DiCaprio
Leonardo DiCaprio’s name tops many lists, but today we recognize his leading role in fighting climate change. In 1998, after his successful role in Titanic, he established the Leonardo DiCaprio Foundation – at a mere 24 years old! The organization’s goal is to promote environmental awareness whenever and wherever it can.
This Hollywood hero has sat on the boards of various environmental organizations, including the WWF, the International Fund for Animal Welfare, Global Green USA, and the Natural Resources Defense Council. These are only a few names in a long list of climate change progress Leo has helped make.
Just to highlight Leo’s outstanding and continuous dedication to fighting climate change, he was caught this April attending the 2017 People’s Climate March. He has even met with President Donald Trump to encourage environmental protection. And we suspect the Oscar winner (finally!) will continue to lead celebrity global warming efforts for years to come.