7 Of Our Fave Eco-Warrior Celebs
Couldn't love them more.
So it’s pretty clear that we’ve been f**king up our planet over the years, which is kinda stressful. BUT it's not too late to save the situation and, as long as there are people out there staying positive and taking action in any way they can, there is definitely hope!
While we're all about everyone doing their bit to help save the planet, because everything you do has a knock-on effect and does make a difference, celebs who get involved have a special place in our hearts because they have the power to start whole movements. (And it helps that they can throw money at making a difference and still be left with millions/billions.)
Here are some of our absolute fave eco-babe celebs who've been using their huge power and influence to fight for our planet.
“I’m going to be a citizen of this planet, and I’m going to do my responsibility and live in stride with nature instead of constantly fighting against her.”
Divergent and The Fault in Our Stars actress Shailene Woodley isn't just an award-winning Hollywood star, she's also an activist who's been honoured at the Environmental Media Awards, and has even been arrested mid-environmental protest!
Her huge passion for the environment also means she leads the ultimate hippie-chick lifestyle, and we love her for it. Multi-millionaire Shailene told Flaunt in an interview that she gathers her own spring water from mountains every month, gets her food from farms or forages wild foods (IKR), and that she also makes her own toothpaste, body lotion and face oil. Now that is 100% eco-warrior behaviour.
“I love animals more than I love most people, not kidding.”
Ariana Grande isn’t shy about her love for animals and how she thinks they should be treated, and she also has a strict vegan diet. Why is going vegan good for the environment? Well, the UN says that animal agriculture produces more greenhouse gases than the combined exhaust from all transport.
Plus, shockingly, clearing land for animal agriculture is responsible for up to 91% of Amazon destruction, not to mention causing species extinction, habitat destruction and water pollution on a massive scale... So it turns out we shouldn't be fuelling the meat and dairy industry if we want to save the planet. And Ariana is an open advocate of steering clear.
"It felt like I had been lied to my whole life, and that people actually weren’t telling me the truth about what world I was living in... people need to realize that the effect of climate change is serious."
Jaden Smith is not only pro-environment, he's an actual eco-entrepreneur... AKA he's actually getting sh*t done. His company Just Water is all about selling bottled water as ethically and sustainably as possible. He says Just Water pays a fair price for the water it uses, the packaging is 82% made out of renewable resources like plant-based plastic and sugarcane, and the way it's made reduces CO2 emissions compared to other brands by up to 74%. Oh, and there’s also a Carpool Karaoke episode dedicated to it featuring J’s dad, Will Smith.
As well as running a whole company, Jaden also makes his own jeans out of old shirts that would have ended up in landfill. And you thought you were already obsessed...
“We only get one planet.”
Leo is definitely clued up when it comes to climate change. As well as setting up his own environmental Foundation in 1998 which supports green initiatives, sitting on boards for organisations such as the WWF, and making kick-ass speeches at UN conferences, he’s also produced films about the urgent need to protect our planet before it’s too late.
Leo is the Al Gore of Hollywood, and he’s always out there fighting the good fight.
"The water in our toilets in the West is actually cleaner than the water that most people in the developing world have access to.”
At a press conference back in 2013, Matt dramatically announced he was going on strike from using the toilet. The purpose? To get people to ‘give a sh*t about toilets’ and bring attention and money to water.org – the charity he co-founded to bring better access to clean water.
He even used toilet water for his ALS ice-bucket challenge video, asking others to do the same to raise awareness. Gross, but also yaas, Matt!
“We don’t have another Earth… at the end of the day we are all sharing the same air, the same water, the same natural resources, and natural resources are finite – you can’t just keep taking and taking and thinking that it’s going to be here forever”.
After retiring from the runway, Gisele set off to dedicate her time to being an activist and advocate for the environment. Having grown up in Brazil thinking of the rainforests as magical and untouchable, Gisele was taken by National Geographic to witness the destruction of the Brazilian rainforest. Her reaction was filmed for their programme ‘Years Of Living Dangerously’, and it was pretty emotional.
As well as using her global fame to raise awareness, she’s launched her own Clean Water Project in her hometown, created a ‘green’ blog reflecting on issues that people can do something about and, thanks to her long-term commitment to helping the environment, she’s become a Goodwill Ambassador for the United Nations helping to draw attention to environmental issues, as well as winning several other awards for being so goddamn eco-passionate.
Lil Dicky & co
"I'm going to educate you on what's going with the earth because I didn't know anything... we're doing bad sh*t."
Lil Dicky and every single celeb that contributed to the song and video of Earth is a hero, including (but not limited to) Justin Bieber, Ariana Grande, Halsey, Shawn Mendes, Charlie Puth and Hailee Steinfeld.
Not only has the song brought awareness of the environmental crisis straight into the top charts, but all of the profits are going to charities fighting climate change. It’s goddamn catchy too. The video also links to a site where Lil Dicky talks more about what’s going on with our planet in a really straightforward way, and outlines clear actions for how we can help. Check it out here.
Any celeb who can help get the message out there about what we can all do to save the planet it alright by us.