As I mentioned earlier this month, I have a book coming out soon. Charming the Devil. It’s not the worst book ever written. Romantic Times gave it a K.I.S.S. and a Top Pick! I should tell you all about it, but something’s been bugging me lately. Lately being for the last forty years or so. It’s pollution. I know…such a downer subject, but it’s so…prevalent: An abrupt increase in respiratory diseases caused by bad air, eggs growing in male fish found in contaminated water, a plastic island floating in the middle of the Pacific.
Recently I read a book (loaned to me by our Earth friendly Michele Hauf) called No Impact Man. It’s about a little family in New York that tried to be as environmentally friendly as possible. I highly recommend it. It made me decide to set some parameters on my own life…such as how many new products I can purchase and how far I’m allowed to drive in a week. The book also made me wonder what other ideas are out there. Who’s doing what, that sort of thing.
So, to keep this blog from being simply another boring harangue to green up, I’m including pictures of pretty men. 🙂 And in an effort to pretend they’re somehow related to my topic, I offer you only men who have tried to make an environmental difference. (But, don’t get me wrong, women still make up the majority of people who are instrumental in eco causes.)
Viggo Mortenson, an outspoken advocate for reducing our dependency on dirty fuels, also takes an active part in ensuring a safe haven for wild horses and donkeys.
“The best advice I got from my aunt, the great singer Rosemary Clooney, and from my dad, who was a game show host and news anchor, was: don’t wake up at seventy years old sighing over what you should have tried. Just do it, be willing to fail, and at least you gave it a shot. That’s echoed for me all through the last few years.”
Brad Pitt, long interested in architecture, joined with Global Green USA to promote the rebuilding of New Orleans, which remains devastated by Hurricane Katrina. Pitt headed a jury for Global Green’s Sustainable Design Competition for New Orleans Neighborhoods that selected the top 5 ecologically sound designs for rebuilding that city. The designs required energy-efficient building materials and green building stratgies. Pitt has since moved with his family to New Orleans.
Matt Damon has joined an organization that attempts to halt the tons of junk mail delivered to American homes each day. He’s reconciled his famous forces with website GreenDimes.com in an effort to endorse environmental efforts to avert and ultimately save the trees used for junk mail letters and envelopes from being chopped down. Damon says, “For an estimated dime a day they can stop 70 per cent of the junk mail that comes to your house. It’s very simple, easy to do, great gift to give, I’ve actually signed up my entire family. It was a gift given to me this past holiday season and I was so impressed that I’m now on the board of the company.” The GreenDimes.com organization also plants a tree for every new member.
Last fall, Schwarzenegger signed a bill into law to cut the state’s greenhouse-gas emissions 25 percent by 2020 and followed with an executive order requiring a dramatic drop in the carbon content of transportation fuels. He has vowed to fight attempts to reopen the California coast to offshore drilling.
(I would have included this pic even if I couldn’t have found
something eco friendly that he’d done cuz…yikes.)
In many ways Redford has become the public face of the NRDC; he now sits on the organization’s Board of Trustees. “I think the environment should be put in the category of our national security. Defense of our resources is just as important as defense abroad. Otherwise what is there to defend?”
So there you have it, a bunch of pretty faces…and other pretty stuff…who are trying to make a difference
And now I ask you, what can we as individuals do to make Mama Earth happier?
I’m offering a copy of my newest book to a commenter who’s willing to give us a viable suggestion.