Thursday 16 June 2022

Eco Minded Celebs

It's great to see celebs who are willing to support Planet Earth. There are many of course but here are just a small handful of folks paving the way for a better tomorrow.


Bajan singer Rihanna has donated $15 million to grassroots climate justice groups through the Clara Lionel Foundation. The 18 groups funded included Climate Justice Alliance, the Indigenous Environmental Network, and the Movement for Black Lives.

She noted that disparity is the reason for her foundation, which is named after her grandparents, which prioritizes both climate resilience and climate justice work.

Ellen MacArthur

In 2005, Dame Ellen MacArthur became the fastest solo sailor to sail around the world. 

After circling the globe – carrying everything she needed with her – she returned with new insights into the way the world works, as a place of interlocking cycles and finite resources.

Five years later, she set up the Ellen MacArthur Foundation to accelerate the transition to a circular economy.

According to her website: In our current economy, we take materials from the Earth, make products from them, and eventually throw them away as waste – the process is linear. In a circular economy, by contrast, we stop waste being produced in the first place.

The circular economy is based on three principles, driven by design:
Eliminate waste and pollution
Circulate products and materials (at their highest value)
Regenerate nature

I found this 10 minute interview below very insightful - Dame MacArthur explains the problems we face but also how sensible solutions can be found.

Stephen Fry

Comedian and writer Stephen Fry has supported 34 charities including Healthy Planet, Environment Investigation Agency, TigerTime, Save the Rhino and Global Cool.

He has also been President of the Great Fen Project since 2006 and Vice-president of international NGO Fauna and Flora International since 2009.

Pink Floyd’s guitarist David Gilmour sold his collection of more than 120 guitars in 2019, during an auction at Christie’s in New York. This was in aid of ClientEarth, to support their efforts to fight the climate crisis.

ClientEarth was set up by a lawyer to help fight environmental causes.

From their website:

We have helped governments to write environmental laws, and regulators to enforce them. We have saved Europe’s oldest forest from destruction, smoothed the way for environmental lawsuits in China, and helped communities in Africa’s last great rainforest cut illegal logging.

We sue polluting companies, and we help them change their business model to do better in future. Because protecting the planet is best for us all.

Prince William (Earthshot Prize)

The Royal Foundation of The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge unites people to tackle some of today’s biggest challenges, delivering impact on a range of issues that matter to Their Royal Highnesses and to society.

Launched by Prince William and The Royal Foundation in October 2020, The Earthshot Prize is the most prestigious global environment prize in history, designed to incentivise change and help repair our planet over the next ten years.

Leonardo Di Caprio

Leonardo DiCaprio has announced he'll be pledging $43 million (£30.2 million) to help protect the Galรกpagos Islands.

DiCaprio posted on Twitter saying: "More than half of Earth's remaining wild areas could disappear in the next few decades if we don't decisively act."

The project should bring the pink iguana, the Floreana giant tortoise and the Floreana mockingbird back from the brink of extinction, and to ensure the people of the Galapagos thrive with the wild.

In collaboration with scientists Leonardo founded a conservation group called Re:Wild

According to their site: Re:wild launched in 2021 combining more than three decades of conservation impact by Leonardo DiCaprio and Global Wildlife Conservation, leveraging expertise, partnerships and platforms to bring new attention, energy and voices together. In 2020 alone we worked to conserve over 45 million acres of wild places and to reverse the plight of 835 threatened species.

Their vital work has protected and conserved more than 180 million acres benefitting more than 16,000 species in the world’s most irreplaceable places for biodiversity.

In More News: 

President vows to 'protect our most precious marine landscapes' as Leonardo DiCaprio pledges $7m to 'meaningful' ocean protection.
Blue & Orange Starfish on Beach Photo by Mark Walz from Pexels
Leonardo, You're a Star!
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