Thirteen TV and Film Stars Who Advocate for the Environment
We know their names and their faces - which is why they use their voices to advocate for the environment. Public figures from small and big screens, the runway, and politics alike continue to call for action, lending their celebrity - and maybe some of their wealth - to environmental causes. Here’s a non exhaustive list of some noteworthy celebrities doing their part for the planet.
Actress Daryl Hannah is anything but shy about her environmentalism. The activist has received recognition for her efforts on behalf of the planet, receiving an Environmental Hero Award in 2011. Hannah has been a vegetarian since she was 7 years old and drives a car fueled by biofuel. Hannah and her musician husband, Neil Young, have been active in protesting the Keystone XL pipeline as well.
In addition to living a plant-based lifestyle, actress Kristen Bell promotes eco-friendly living by partnering with entities like Tide and the World WIldlife Fund, as well as Neutrogena and The Nature Conservancy. She’s also a celebrity face for the Recycling Across America program.
Actor Mark Ruffalo has emerged as a strong voice against fracking, reportedly earning a spot on the Homeland Security Watch List as a result. In 2016, he narrated a documentary on President Obama’s environmental policies and impact called Dear President Obama: The Clean Energy Revolution Is Now.
Ruffalo has also protested against the Dakota Access Pipeline alongside fellow celebrities like Leonardo DiCaprio and Chance the Rapper.
In 2009, entrepreneur Whitney Williams and actor Ben Affleck founded the East Congo Initiative (ECI) to advocate for and provide financial assistance to community-based organizations in the region. ECI partners with legal groups, educational institutions, and healthcare facilities in East Congo, while offering supporting sustainable farming and helping the coffee industry thrive.
Affleck has appeared before numerous Congressional commissions to testify about the humanitarian crisis in the Congo but remains hopeful. For Affleck, the group helps the Congolese people work hard for themselves, closing, “the gap between poverty and prosperity, chaos and stability. It’s a journey toward progress, and it’s only just beginning.”
Affleck also serves on the Entertainment Council of national food bank work nonprofit, Feed America.
Ted Danson has been an environmental activist for decades, notably advocating for the health of the planet’s oceans during the 1980s. He currently serves on the board of directors of Oceana, a group dedicated to the cause.
Danson has also been vocal in his concerns about climate change, arrested as recently as October 2019 during a climate change protest in Washington, D.C.