Tireless. Dedicated. And also in one of my favorite movie stars. DiCaprio not only is throwing his Hollywood heavy-weight around to get clean and solar energy used on wasteful movie sets, but he’s pretty much single-handedly leading the charge to save tigers (well, with some help from the WWF). When he’s not busy donating millions of dollars to help save endangered tigers, traveling around the world to advocate for tigers, or, oh, incidentally, starring in blockbuster and Oscar nominated films like Inception.
4. Bob Barker
There is a reason that Bob Barker was recently named an Honorary Fellow by the Oxford Centre for Animal Ethics. It’s because he’s devoted an entire life to the well being of our furry friends. He’s made it possible for chimps and other abused wild and captive animals to find sanctuary and new homes. He’s advocated for the responsible ownership of pets for years and years. His efforts don’t end with furry animals,they include huge, water-dwelling MAMMALS as well. As Barker told the Associated Press, he met Paul Watson of the Sea Shepherd Conservation Society through mutual friends in the animal rights movement. Mr. Watson, who uses aggressive, confrontational tactics with a rag-tag fleet of black-painted boats against Japanese whalers every year in the Southern Ocean, made the following pitch, according to Barker: “He said he thought he could put the Japanese whaling fleet out of business if he had $5 million… I said, ‘I think you do have the skills to do that, and I have $5 million, so let’s get it on.” Bob Barker is an animal rights godfather and he should be listed right here with all of the other cool, hip, celebrities.
We may not always like her methods (Really, Pam, must we see you naked again?), but I can’t fault Pam Anderson’s passion for her work for animal rights with PETA.
Pam has dedicated huge amounts of her own time, energy and money to what she considers her life’s work (other than, of course, her children) and has become a moving force in the quest for fair treatment for animals.
Her passion has even rubbed off on ex-husband Tommy Lee a bit!
2. Kevin Costner
This year, I officially forgave Kevin Costner for that hot mess “Waterworld” and instead dubbed him an eco hero. First, there were his many, many involvements in trying to clean up the Gulf of Mexico after the oil spill. Then he started saving dogs, too. Before long, he’ll make a movie as good as “Dances With Wolves” again and be right back on our A-list all year long.
And my NUMBER ONE Uber-Eco-dubbed celebrity is Charlottesville’s very own…
1. Dave Matthews Band
The Dave Matthews Band are on the front lines of the environmental musicians’ movement, though their humanitarianism transcends green causes. The group’s BAMA Works Fund, founded in 1999, worked initially to bolster arts and environmentalism in their hometown of Charlottesville, Virginia but has since spread internationally, donating more than $8.5 million to charities over the years. Known for the spectacle of their live show and near-constant touring, DMB have been extra committed in their eco-friendly efforts — particularly since 2004, when 800 pounds of human waste was dumped from their tour bus into the Chicago River and partially onto a tourist boat below. In an attempt to make amends, the band donated $50,000 to the Friends of the Chicago River and $50,000 to the Chicago Park District. Since then, the band’s bonds with Reverb have strengthened and upon their fifth year as a partner, Dave Matthews Band used their spin-off Bama Green Project to run a tour last summer in which fans were encouraged to volunteer, showing up early for the show to learn more about the ecological causes and to help set up the Eco-Village recycling, water and information stations. In exchange, fans received a work pass to watch the show. Attendees of DMB’s legendary concerts have also been encouraged to use online carpooling services to cut down on CO2 emissions in accordance with the band’s own attempts to neutralize the waste produced by touring vehicles, hotels and venues.