Hollywood is all about the green, and for some, that just doesn’t mean money. Many celebrities have used their status to start eco-friendly nonprofit organizations, inspire political action and promote cleaner living. In honor of Earth Day. here are some of the stars making a difference with their environmental activism.
In 1998, the Oscar winner started the Leonardo DiCaprio Foundation, a non-profit organization focusing on environmental causes. DiCaprio has been very vocal about the threat of global warming and was a prominent figure in the 2017 People’s Climate March. Most recently, he worked with Mexico’s president to save endangered porpoises and collaborated with Jane Goodall on an apparel line whose proceeds fund projects to ensure the protections of apes and their habitats. In 2017, DiCaprio was honored by the UN as a Messenger of Peace for his focus on climate change.
In 2016, the Big Little Lies star was honored by Environmental Media Association with the Female EMA Futures Award for her work with social and environmental issues. That same year Woodley was arrested for trespassing for her involvement in the protest of the Dakota Oil Pipeline access project in North Dakota. Her commitment to sustainability is evident as she “exclusively buys used clothes” and claims to get water from fresh springs whenever possible. Woodley’s mantra can be summarized by her 2014 quote: "My religion is the Earth, man. I believe in trees."
Dawson is involved in various social and environmental charities including Oxfam, Conservation International and The Nature Conservancy. In 2013, she co-founded Studio One Eighty-Nine, an artisan produced fashion brand that helps implement social change, promotes sustainability and other eco-friendly practices. The Luke Cage star also collaborated with the Wilderness Society to draw attention to endangered species via the #SaveUgly campaign. And last year, Dawson served as executive producer and narrator on The Need to Grow, a documentary about the importance of healthy soil.
After getting involved with the cleanup of the Deepwater Horizon oil spill in 2010, the Vampire Diaries star created the Ian Somerhalder Foundation to educate and fund projects to make a positive impact on the planet. In recent years the organization has focused on poaching and other wildlife concerns. In 2014, he co-hosted the Showtime documentary Years of Living Dangerously, which focused on global warming.
Dave Matthews Band
The Dave Matthews Band created the Bama Green Project https://www.bamagreen.org/ to encourage fans to recycle, save energy, and reduce their environmental impact. In addition, the organization is involved with the conservation of elephants and other wildlife. To further promote sustainability, the group uses biodiesel-fueled buses and generators in order to neutralize the carbon footprint of the entire touring careers. Matthews himself also started Dreaming Tree wines which features bottles that are 50 percent lighter than average, sustainably grown corks and labels made with 100% recycled paper and an eco-friendly sealant. Cheers to that!
The supermodel knows a lot about natural beauty and has made protecting the Earth’s a priority. In 2008, she started Projeto Água Limpa (Clean Water Project) in her native Brazil which implements sustainable management of irrigation systems as wells as reforesting efforts in the Amazon. Harvard Medical School honored her with the Global Environmental Citizen Award and she was named a Goodwill Ambassador for United Nations Environment Program. In 2014, Bundchen also became a board member of the Rainforest Alliance, which works toward conserving biodiversity.