In The Spotlight: Celebrities Making a Difference to Our Environment.

With the spotlight on celebrities this month at the Grammys and now Oscars we thought we’d shine the light on 5 celebrities that are leading the way in making a difference to our planet.
Celebrities, including Johnny Depp, Cate Blanchett and Brad Pitt are all leading the way and adopting the use of solar power and renewable energy sources to better our planet.
Which celebrities and how are they doing this? Here’s some real celebrity gossip.
You may have heard on celebrity news shows about how Johnny Depp actually owns his own island in the Caribbean; but did you know that it is almost totally self sustaining? Depp has his island running with a solar- hydrogen system. This system uses solar technology – an electrolyzer- to divide and separate water back into hydrogen and oxygen. The hydrogen and oxygen are then stored and are used by a specialized fuel cell when there is no solar energy available.
Brad Pitt has got quite the reputation as an eco- warrior these days. His organization “Make It Right” was essentially founded to rebuild some homes after the devastation caused by hurricane Katrina. The homes that are built by “Make it Right” are green homes, equipped with rainwater collection systems as well as solar panels along the rooftops.
Not to mention Brad Pitts’ foundation has also signed a deal to build solar powered homes for Montana’s Fort Peck Indian Reservation.
 Make It Right constantly works to improve our homes, experimenting with materials and construction methods to make our homes more sustainable and affordable including solar.

Make It Right constantly works to improve our homes, experimenting with materials and construction methods to make our homes more sustainable and affordable including solar.

The actress Daryl Hannah is a well known eco- activist. This Splash star, alongside Edward Norton and Richard Branson spent a week in the Maldives, participating in an eco-symposium that focused on climate change and the future of the island nations. Called the SLOW LIFE Symposium, attendees explored the challenges that face the travel and tourism industry, including low-carbon infrastructure, transportation, resort management and threatened biodiversity.
Hannah once said…
Cate Blanchett is another famed environmentalist. Not only was she born in Melbourne, Victoria, Australia she is well known by her fellow country for her part in the “Greening the Warf” project. Under the leadership of artistic directors Cate Blanchett and Andrew Upton, STC solar panels (1,900 to be exact) were installed in 2010, and now provide 70% of its power.
 Sydney Theatre Company artistic director Cate Blanchett (right) with others among the array on the roof of STC′s home base in Sydney in 2010. Picture: Charles Brewer

Sydney Theatre Company artistic director Cate Blanchett (right) with others among the array on the roof of STC′s home base in Sydney in 2010. Picture: Charles Brewer

Leonardo DiCaprio is pretty well known for his role in co-writing, narrating and producing the movie The 11th Hour, on the state of the earth. Did you also know that his foundation, Leonardo Dicaprio Foundation is dedicated to the long-term health and wellbeing of all Earth’s inhabitants his foundation has been continuously fighting hard for things like forest preservation, clean water access, renewable energy and healthy oceans, for years.
Not to mention he is an active partner with many organizations geared towards helping nature thrill, like the World Wildlife Foundation. In partnership with WWF he has to driving initiatives like making the numbers of tigers grow and announced a major milestone last year that for the first time in over 100 years of constant decline the wild tiger count has grown.
These are only a few celebrities who are fighting to make our planet a better place and a more sustainable inheritance for our future generations. The list goes on and we need to remember that everyone can make a difference.
Can we ask, have you done your part today?
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