By Carissa Alcantara
Aside from playing notable characters on the screen, celebrities create a huge impact by using their platforms to raise awareness in saving and protecting Mother Earth.
Besides appearing on the red carpet, posing with expensive cars, or holding unending parties, some celebrities also do great things for society. Their immense fame also comes with significant influence, and many use it for a good cause.
While some are great advocates for human rights, gender equality, and proper governance, a good number of them are pursuing the ultimate fight to care for the environment. These celebrities have been doing their part in encouraging others to do the same.
We applaud anyone who uses their celebrity status to promote awareness about climate change and other threats to our environment.
Using her comedy character named “Kurdapya Jones,” Cebuana actress Chai Fonacier collaborated with Sutukil Sauce to create a six-part series on debunking climate change in 2017.
Appointed as one of the female national ambassadors for the World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF-Philippines) in 2016, actress Iza Calzado has been an active volunteer in spreading environmental education awareness and sustainable living.
As a beach lover, Nadine Lustre showed her support by participating in a beach cleanup with Greenpeace PH’s anti-plastic campaign. Since then, Nadine has been practicing some ways of becoming eco-conscious.
Jasmine Curtis Smith
Jasmine Curtis-Smith was appointed as the Youth Ambassador for Independence Energy in 2019. Jasmine has always been an active advocate when it comes to environmental aspects. She fulfills her duty to influence the government and private sectors to create alternative energy sources that are indigenous and sustainable.
Miss Universe 2015 Pia Wurtzbach teamed up with the World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF-Philippines) for their #speakupfornature campaign. Pia donated P250,000 to support the causes of WWF.
During his stay in Mabini, Batangas, award-winning Piolo Pascual teamed up with Ang Probinsyano Partylist for a coastal and underwater cleanup drive. The community cleanup activity yielded a total of 135 kilograms of waste materials collected by 50 volunteers headed by the local tourism office of Mabini.
A long-time diver and certified lover of seas, Luis Manzano, champions the organization’s Marine Conservation Programs, which include initiatives on sustainable fisheries plus food security, community-based ecotourism, and biodiversity conservation.
Aside from his career as an actor, Richard Gutierrez is also passionate about helping the environment. In 2019, Richard took the initiative of partnering up with Kiehl’s Made Better campaign. As an avid underwater photographer, the actor dedicated the campaign to preserving Anilao beach.
Aside from being an actor and marine reservist, Enzo Pineda also has a passion for the environment. He donated collectibles and fashion items for auction to support families near conservation sites like the Ipo Watershed. The actor is also a plant enthusiast. He advocates for food security and raises awareness of proper urban gardening practices.
Oscar-winning actor Leonardo DiCaprio established the Leonardo DiCaprio Foundation in 1998 to help “restore balance to threatened ecosystems, ensuring the long-term health and well-being of all Earth’s inhabitants.” Leonardo has been named the United Nations climate change representative and donated millions of dollars to environmental activist groups.
Ellen DeGeneres & Portia De Rossi
Actress Portia De Rossi gifted her wife television host Ellen De Generes the Ellen Fund, which partly works to save mountain gorillas in Rwanda.
In 2019, the seven members of the hit band BTS became Formula E ambassadors, promoting the ABB FIA Formula E World Championship, the only race in the world that uses solely electric cars. One year later, they became the faces of Hyundai’s IONIQ electric car, and to celebrate the partnership, they released a video full of beautiful earthy imagery.
Before COVID-19 hit, Jane Fonda was just getting started with her “Fire Drill Fridays,” bringing famous friends, scientists, and civilians together in Washington, D.C., to rally for climate change. The Grace and Frankie star even wrote a book about climate change entitled “What Can I Do?”
Aside from starring in various Marvel films, Hulk actor Mark Ruffalo is a climate activist who has helped to launch The Solutions Project, which aims to switch Americans to renewable energy. It has so far found over 100 projects and desires for everyone to have 100 percent clean air.
At 12, Jaden Smith learned that the ocean is alive but dying due to pollution and rising temperatures. So in 2015, he created JUST Water, a company that strives to make an alternative to petroleum-based products that require plastic and emit CO2 in production.
Known for her role in the film “The Fault in our Stars, Shailene Woodley has always been open about her best practices for saving the Earth: foraging for food, sourcing her Water, and making her cheese and soaps, for starters. In 2016, she put her activism to work publicly by joining rallies that have an advocate for clean Water for the indigenous people in North Dakota.
Becoming a Goodwill Ambassador, Brazilian model Gisele Bündchen began advocating for clean Water in her native country in 2004 and has since become a fierce supporter of several of the UN’s environmental initiatives.
Australian actress Cate Blanchett became an ambassador for the Australian Conservation Foundation to help campaign for environmental justice and encourage people to share their real-life concerns about climate change. Cate also took part in putting up a solar-powered roof for Australia’s Sydney Theatre Company and has assisted organizations like I Speak Earth and SolarAid throughout her career.
An actor and Philanthropist, Ben Affleck is a lifelong environmental activist who fights for critical environmental issues and raises awareness to combat Climate Change. He was the recipient of the Environment Media Award in 2013. He has always been very vocal about climate change impacts and pollution in nature.
The Duke of Sussex Prince Harry is one of the great environment campaigners like his father and grandfather. The royal family has always served their significant commitment to advocate for environmental causes and their preservation. He has always shown his passion for nature and urged others to initiate climate actions to save the planet.
Aside from becoming an actor and professional swimmer, Enchong Dee has been vocal about his passion for a greener and cleaner Philippines. The actor has been part of cleanup drives and has spoken about how to strengthen environmental protection since 2015.
Award-winning actress Bea Binene took her environmental advocacy into her own hands. In 2017, Bea self-produced an indie film entitled “Fading Paradise,” which follows a story about a lush island in Bohol that becomes poisoned by commercialization.
Outside her work as an actress and TV host, Janine Gutierrez promotes proper waste management in order to protect wildlife and their habitats. She has visited project sites in Donsol, Sorsogon as a youth ambassador, working closely with WWF-Philippines’ National Youth Council, where young students were taught about relevant species—like the local whale sharks!
TV host Robi Domingo grew up in an environmentally conscious household that led him to practice sustainability and have a love and passion for the outdoors. Becoming an active ambassador of WWF-Philippines, Robi hosted a nine-part web series called Sustainably Yours, Robi, to invite enthusiasm and active participation from young people through everyday eco-friendly activities.
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