Women often feel a connection to the Earth, and female celebrities are no different, even though their lifestyles may look a little different. At the core, we all share the same planet, and there is no way to hide from climate change, no matter who or where you are, and we can all do something to be of service. Many of them recognize that they can use their status, fame, and time for things that really matter.
Here are 5 green female celebrities who are doing their part to care for the Earth and raise awareness for issues that affect us all.
1. Stella McCartney
Ethics-driven fashion designer, daughter of vegetarians Paul and Linda McCartney, is an animal rights advocate whose clothing line is free of animal skin or fur. She insists that sustainability is the way to go: “I believe in creating pieces that aren’t going to get burnt, that aren’t going to landfills, that aren’t going to damage the environment. For every piece in every collection I am always asking what have we done to make this garment more sustainable and what else can we do.”
Stella has created an organic skin care line called Care which contains no endangered plants, genetically modified ingredients, petrochemicals, paraben preservatives, or synthetic fragrances. In her eyes, skincare should not be a sacrifice, but should feel luxurious. Her home, offices, and studios run on wind power, and her products’ packaging is recyclable or biodegradable.
2. Natalie Portman
Natalie has been a vegetarian since she was a child, and began living a vegan lifestyle after reading the book “Eating Animals” by Jonathan Safran. She is an advocate for animal rights and aware of the environmental effects of animal agriculture and mass animal production. She says, “Part of my reason for being vegetarian was because it practices respect and love for life all through the day, so three times a day, you make a decision to eat things that have not been killed.”
In 2007, Natalie traveled to a Rwandan wildlife sanctuary to film a documentary that raises awareness of the species’ possible extinction. This was considered “one of the biggest conservation efforts in the world,” by Jack Hanna.
3. Salma Hayek
This socially-conscious star is a board member of Global Green USA, which advocates for smart solutions to global warming, including green building for housing, schools, cities and communities, improvements in health care, and the creation of green jobs. She helps fight climate change by owning a home equipped with solar panels, and she drives a hybrid car.
Salma says that her interest and involvement with the Global Green organization and others is largely based on concern for her daughter’s future. She asks questions like, “What type of water will we drink in the future?” and “What kind of planet are we leaving for our children?” And she lines herself up with organizations that help protect our resources for future generations.
4. Cameron Diaz
Cameron Diaz is beautiful inside and out. She radiates love to people and the environment. Years ago, inspired by a TED talk, she set out to make a low-budget documentary in which the goal was to raise awareness of how our living choices are affecting our futures. She just asked residents across the U.S. questions and listened to answers, as she wanted to participate in a country-wide change in environmental issues.
Cameron follows an eco-friendly lifestyle, using recycled and reused products and energy efficient home appliances. She also offsets her travels around the globe (learn about travel offsetting). She would like to experiment with growing her own garden and self-cultivating it for a year.
5. Julia Roberts
Julia Roberts has been one of America’s favorite actresses since Pretty Woman in 1990. Some of her movie roles raise awareness about political or social issues, such as her role in Erin Brockovich. Besides this, she is active in a host of other organizations and causes. She is the voice of Mother Nature in the short video called Nature is Speaking that you may have seen circulating in the last few months.
Besides her work with Nature is Speaking, she is also a supporter of UNICEF, and she filmed a PBS special about orangutans in 1998. She volunteers her time in camps with children and youth, appears in plays, and narrates other documentaries that raise awareness about planetary and animal issues. Julia Roberts also uses solar power for her home in Malibu stating, “It’s very important that we expand our use of clean energy and make a long-term commitment to it.”
Other favorite green female celebrities who have used solar power for their homes include: Cate Blanchet, Daryl Hannah, Rachel McAdams, Jane Fonda, Gisele Bundchen, and Julia Louis-Dreyfus.
Here is a long list of green celebrities and their work in environmental for further reading.
Environmental issues impact all of us. We may not have the finances or status to do some of the things celebrities do, but we can make a difference. By changing some of our daily habits, we can take a huge step in creating a healthy planet for our future, our kids, and our health. Try using more recycled products, riding a bike or walking, eating less meat, and purchasing locally grown produce when possible. We would love to hear ways in which you have changed your lifestyle to help create a cleaner planet.
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