Earth Day: Celebrities Doing Their Part
By Heidi Oringer Posted Apr 22nd 2010 07:15AM
On this Earth Day, celebs far and wide will work tirelessly to save the world from environmental peril. Through public service announcements and the like, they will make us aware of carbon emissions, our polluted drinking water and how we're all going to die a horrible death at the hands of our disgruntled planet if we don't act NOW.
If there were a Celebrity Earth Day parade heading down Hollywood Boulevard, the Grand Marshall would almost certainly be Ed Begley Jr. He'd be waving from an itty bitty solar powered automobile, billed as an even smarter ride than the Smartcar. Begley was one of the first well-known actors to put his celeb voice behind the cause -- though he now has more Earth juice than star power.
If he were going to have a co-marshal, it would be Leonardo DiCaprio. Leo is an outspoken advocate for environmental causes, using his financial resources, high profile and time to raise awareness among the general public about being green. He's a member of Global Green USA, and he fully funded the documentary '11th Hour,' which "calls for restorative action for a reshaping of human activity." In other words, people better stop drinking bottled water or we're all gonna freakin' die.
As the parade continues, Woody Harrelson will walk by wearing his hemp attire, and then maybe Daryl Hannah in a bikini made of leaves. Hannah's method of getting the green message across has sometimes been antic -- she spent three-plus weeks sitting in a tree to save a community garden in an urban area of Los Angeles -- but to her credit, she's also driven cross-country in a bio-efficient auto and writes a blog on ways to be green.
Miley Cyrus would probably be there, too, driving her Prius hybrid with "Hello Kitty" floor mats.
And what would a parade be without a float? We'd surely see a bevy of big stars riding together, maybe on a solar-powered number made of recycled tires. There'd be Brad Pitt, Christina Aquilera, Harrison Ford, Cate Blanchett, Orlando Bloom and a bunch of others.
Pitt's contributions to environmental advocacy include co-sponsoring a contest to build 20 energy efficient homes in hurricane-ravaged New Orleans. Plus, at the rate he's growing his own family, he may be responsible for mentoring an entire generation of environmentally-conscious thinkers and doers.
Continuing their long history of charitable and humanitarian donations, Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie donated $1 million, along with Pitt's brother Doug, to St. John's Hospital in Springfield, Missouri. The money will be used to build a cancer treatment center.
Kevin Winter, Getty Images
Kevin Winter, Getty Images
Celebrity Charity Efforts
Christina Aguilera takes her spot for having joined Chrysler in creating an eco-friendly car, which was auctioned off to benefit disaster-ridden Haiti. Aguilera helped with the concept and signed the car -- with an environmentally safe permanent marker, of course.
And Harrison Ford, well, not only does he serve as the Vice Chairman of Conservation International, but he also has an ant named after him in Central America.
Believe it or not, the parade could continue for hours with other notable greenies, including Lenny Kravitz, Kelly Clarkson, Sean Penn, Cameron Diaz, Ludacris and Sharon Stone, but they all have work to do.
Whether or not we realize it, these Hollywood icons fight for the green cause not just on Earth Day, but every day. So, let's take time to recognize their efforts. After all, you know what they say, "Everyone loves a parade."
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