The Greenest Celebrities

on April 18, 2013

Leonardo DiCaprio

Aside from holding the title of Hollywood’s second highest paid actor (behind Tom Cruise), Leonardo DiCaprio is the founder of the Leonardo DiCaprio Foundation, which serves to bring awareness to environmental issues like illegal poaching, protecting the oceans, and educating youth on the importance of sustainable living. In 2007, he produced and narrated The 11th Hour, a documentary that addresses not only climate change, but also the depletion of the oceans and deforestation. Additionally, DiCaprio works closely with organizations like Global Green USA, the Natural Resources Defense Council, and the International Fund for Animal Welfare.

Alicia Silverstone

One thing this Hollywood starlet is not clueless about is environmental, human and animal rights activism. Through her blog The Kind Life , Silverstone, who was awarded a “Heart of Green” award by the Hearst Corporation, shares eco-friendly fashion tips, chemical-free beauty products, vegan recipes and updates on the latest environmental campaign efforts. In addition to participating in PETA-endorsed advertisements, she also authored The Kind Diet: How to Feel Great, Lose Weight, and Save the Planet, which quickly became a New York Times bestseller. Silverstone, husband Christopher Jarecki, son Bear and four rescued dogs reside in their Los Angeles home, which features solar panels and an organic vegetable garden.

Ellen Degeneres

The popular talk show host is another celebrity who uses her fame to promote the importance of sustainable living. An animal rights activist and long-time vegetarian, the comedian also speaks out against the environmental hazards associated with factory farming. On her website, she urges fans to donate to a number of causes that she supports, like Farm Sanctuary and the American Wild Horses Preservation Campaign.

Will Ferrell

Known as one of America’s leading comedy stars, Will Ferrell shows his serious side when it comes to protecting Mother Earth. Named by Newsweek as one of the top “surprisingly green famous people,” Ferrell actively supports and works with the National Resource Defense Council, an organization committed to defending endangered wildlife/places, seeking energy-efficient solutions and other environmental issues. Ferrell was the first person to drive BMW’s Hydrogen 7, which is powered by hydrogen rather than petroleum.

Hayden Panettiere

Although the young star of Heroes and Nashville has a lot on her plate, she still finds time to advocate on behalf of environmental rights. In fact, she supports nearly 20 charities dedicated to human, environmental and animal rights. Recently, she was a spokesperson for the Save the Whales Again campaign, which protests commercial whaling. In 2007, PETA awarded Panettierre with the “Compassion in Action Award” for her work to help stop dolphin hunting in Japan.

Brad Pitt

The Brad Pitt/Angelina Jolie duo have risen to fame beyond the silver screen as humanitarians for numerous causes, but the Brad portion of Brangelina, in particular, has focused his energy on environmental issues. After the devastation of Hurricane Katrina in New Orleans, Pitt founded the Make It Right Foundation, which built 150 energy-efficient greenhouses using green materials. Following the success of the New Orleans project, the organization most recently built communities in Newark, New Jersey, and Kansas City, Miss. And the nonprofit continues to develop plans for other locations. In 2009, Pitt met with President Obama to discuss building green housing projects using federal funds.