America is a nation infatuated with celebrities. Many people view them as role models and, for better or worse, are enamored with following their day to day lives. Stop by any newsstand, book shop or grocery store and you’ll see rows of magazines featuring celebrity interviews and gossip columns.
Fans will often idolize stars and try to emulate the way they dress, look and act. That can be good or bad depending on the celebrity. As a responsible parent you probably wouldn’t want your child modeling the persona and behavior of Miley Cyrus or Lindsey Lohan. On the other hand there are celebrities that possess positive qualities and who make generous and valuable contributions to our society and our planet.
Celebrities are given the opportunity to reach millions of people and therefore are in the unique position to provide positive messages to the public. One of the greatest ways a celebrity can give back to our society is by living a green lifestyle and contributing some of their wealth to organizations that are trying to better our world. Many of these stars influential behaviors and gratuitous donations go unnoticed, that’s why we’ve decided to highlight a few celebrities who are making an admirably “green” difference in our world.
Let’s begin with an award winning “A” list celebrity that most everyone knows, Brad Pitt. We can only imagine the amount of money Brad Pitt has earned from starring in countless hit movies. Through the money and fame Pitt has accrued from starring in countless hit movies lies the opportunity to provide substantial support in helping make our planet a little more “green”. Fortunately Brad Pitt is one of the wealthy celebrities who have done that.
After Hurricane Katrina destroyed New Orleans and left thousands of people homeless and hungry, Brad Pitt took charge of an effort to build affordable green houses that helped assist and shelter families devastated by that catastrophe.
Through this conquest came the organization Make It Right. Pitt helped establish this non-profit charity to raise money to help build green homes in the New Orleans communities that were affected by Katrina. The momentum of his efforts gave Pitt the opportunity to speak with President Barack Obama and Nancy Pelosi about promoting and requesting federal funding for “Green Housing” – a national standard for housing across our nation. This is just One of the Many Endeavors Pitt has been associated with to help support a green world. And if that weren’t enough, Pitt has also donated large amounts of money to a number of charities and organizations that take part in cleaning and protecting planet.
We know him for his roles in hit movies like Titanic, The Departed and The Revenant, but what most people don’t know about him is that he is an avid environmentalist. Dicaprio has played a large role in his efforts to go green and to help leave less of a carbon footprint on our planet.
One of the Many Ways Dicaprio has contributed to our planet is by donating $7 million to help protect our oceans and another $3 million to assist in marine life preservation. Along with his financial donations, Dicaprio also appeared in front of the State Department to give a speech on the dangerous effects that climate change has had on our oceans.
Adding to his list of enterprises supporting a clean environment, Dicaprio also used his celebrity status to bring attention to New York City’s People’s Climate March. In 2014, Dicaprio joined 311,000 other participants in New York to march and raise awareness for global action against climate change.
Dicaprio has been a large beneficiary to a green planet. Along with starting his own foundation that supports projects helping wildlife and helps fight to restore threatened ecosystems, he also helps protect our planet through Seamlessly “Small” Contributions.
You won’t find George Clooney driving around in a million dollar sports car. Clooney has helped prove his sentiment to a clean environment by trading in his BMW to drive the more eco friendly electric car – Tango.
Few people know that George Clooney is an enthusiastic and outspoken environmentalist. Clooney appeared as one of the first celebrities on Vanity Fair’s “Green” issue. In his interview with Vanity he talks about the importance of cleaning up the environment and about some of the environmental groups he has participated in and donated money to.
A self proclaimed, “old-time liberal”, Clooney has used his celebrity status to finance and involve himself in a number of environmental TV projects that aim to educate people on ways to clean our environment and ways we can reduce our dependence on foreign oil. Arguably one of Clooney’s most popular environmental movies is “Syriana”. This is an emotionally heavy blockbuster that relays the message that we need to stop our dependence on foreign oil.
Another large contribution Clooney has made to our environment is his contribution in launching the campaign Oil Change. Echoing the theme of the movie “Syriana”, this campaign aims to eliminate America’s dependence on foreign oil.
Lastly and if nothing else we should at least thank Clooney for making it “cool” to drive an electric car.
The List Goes On…
These are just a handful of contributions that just a few celebrities have made to establish a cleaner and greener world. There are many other celebrities that are involved with making our planet more healthy and green, and if fans want to follow in the footsteps of these celebrities we here at Gateway Green will stand behind them.
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