Leading lights

Here are just a few of the stars putting their celebrity to work:

I George Clooney: Twice named the Sexiest Man Alive by People magazine, he just got sexier. He drives the ultra-mini, one-seat-wide Commuter Car Tango, and the Tesla Roadster, a top-of-the-line electric beauty.

I Leonardo DiCaprio: Climate change is a passion for this actor, who co-wrote and produced an environmental documentary, The 11th Hour. He also created the Leonardo DiCaprio Foundation in 1998 to support a variety of environmental causes. DiCaprio sits on the boards of the National Resources Defense Council and Global Green USA. In his personal life, he has installed solar panels on the roof of his house.

l Jack Johnson: This professional surfer turned musician hosts an annual music festival close to his home in Hawaii with all the proceeds going towards the Kokua Foundation, which promotes environmental education.

l Willie Nelson: Following up his foray into marketing "BioWillie," a blend of 20 percent biodiesel and 80 percent regular diesel, the veteran country singer has thrown his support behind the not-for-profit Sustainable Biodiesel Alliance.

l Brad Pitt: Another former Sexiest Man Alive, Pitt is working with the Home Depot Foundation to build the first totally self-powering house as part of rebuilding New Orleans after Hurricane Katrina.

l Julia Roberts: The Pretty Woman star uses environmentally friendly products (including her kids' diapers), has solar panels on the roof of her home, and uses bio-fuel in tractors and equipment at the family ranch. She's a spokesperson for Earth Biofuels, Inc., and chairs its Advisory Board. She's also involved in a community project to protect 100,000 acres of wildlife habitat in New Mexico's Valle Vidal.

l Arnold Schwarzenegger: Famous for his role as The Terminator, Schwarzenegger quit his acting job to run successfully for governor of California. He's been a tireless advocate for action on climate change. (Check out Chapter 10 for some of his successes.)

Perhaps the most inspiring star is Robert Redford. Redford created Sundance Village, a haven for environmental art and conservation, on land he bought in the late 1960s in the heart of the Utah mountains. This initiative gave birth to the annual Sundance Film Festival, where An Inconvenient Truth had its world premiere, and the Sundance Channel, which broadcasts a three-hour, prime-time programming block titled The Green, devoted entirely to the environment. Actively fighting for conservation for decades, Redford has been described as a steadfast, well-informed voice on environmental issues.

He founded the not-for-profit Institute for Resources Management to try to bridge the gap between environmentalists and industry, hosted a Sundance conference on global warming way back in 1989, and started the conservation initiative North Fork Preservation Alliance to promote land stewardship.

Getting Started With Solar

Getting Started With Solar

Do we really want the one thing that gives us its resources unconditionally to suffer even more than it is suffering now? Nature, is a part of our being from the earliest human days. We respect Nature and it gives us its bounty, but in the recent past greedy money hungry corporations have made us all so destructive, so wasteful.

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