FOF celebs have been singing the praises of all things eco, sustainable and energy efficient. But when they’re not in the limelight, which stars stay green?
Read about 3 “eco-friendly” FOF celebs, and then vote on who is truly “greenest.”
“Every day I have to remind myself that cleaning up the environment is like fighting a war. Changing people’s minds and habits is one of the hardest things anyone can do. But, if each one of us does our own part, day after day, we can make a difference.” — Bette Midler
-In 1995, Bette founded the New York Restoration Project (NYRP), a non-profit organization that revitalizes parks in economically disadvantaged New York city neighborhoods. The organization has removed more than 2,000 tons of trash from New York City parks and saved hundreds of community gardens from commercial development.
-Bette Midler and the NYRP are leading MillionTreesNYC, an initiative to plant and care for one million new trees throughout New York City’s five boroughs by 2017.
-She is a recipient of the 2008 National Audubon Society’s Rachel Carson Award and the United Nations Environmental Programme Influential Women of The Environment Award.
-In August of 2007, Bette came under fire for cutting down 230 trees on her Hawaiian property without a permit.
“[Macadamia nuts hold] the promise of a brilliant future for this planet…I have a nut farm. I’m growing macadamia nuts… I’m serious about it.” – Roseanne Barr
-This year, Roseanne purchased a 40-acre macadamia nut farm in Hawaii while promoting her book “Roseannarchy: Dispatches From the Nut Farm.” Roseanne said nuts are better than meat for environmental and health reasons: “They’re the perfect protein. They don’t have any carbohydrates and the only fat they’ve got is a lot, but it’s the good kind. So it’s better than beef. No greenhouse gases. Nice nuts.” We knew she was nutty…but not this nutty!
-Later this year, Roseanne will premiere a reality show about her life on the macadamia farm on the Lifetime television network. The network has ordered 16 half-hour episodes which will feature the FOF comedian Johnny Ardent, her boyfriend, and her son, Jake.
-Roseanne is in the middle of a land dispute with her Hawaiian neighbors. They have filed a complaint with County officials that she has been doing grading work on the property, without proper permits. Prior to this, Roseanne sought a temporary restraining order against the same neighbors for harassment. She has said that any land use violations were “a mistake” and going forward she’ll work to comply with regulations.
“One wouldn’t think that you would have to become an environmentalist or a humanitarian. It’s just natural to treat people and other creatures on the planet with respect.” —Daryl Hannah
-On June 13, 2006 Hannah was arrested when she chained herself to a walnut tree for three weeks (talk about a tree-hugger!) to protest the bulldozing of an urban farm in Los Angeles. She spent some time in jail following the arrest. She was arrested again in June of 2009 when she protested a mountaintop removal in West Virginia.
-Hannah started an online store selling only environmentally friendly goods and a website with environmental news and videos on topics ranging from veganism to biodiesel.
-She is a board member of the Environmental Media Association, Action Sports Environment Coalition and ecoAmerica and co-founded Sustainable Biodiesel Alliance to promote sustainable biodiesel practices.
-She has a green home in the Rocky Mountains made with salvaged materials. It uses solar energy for heating and cooling and features a moss stone couch (that she waters regularly).
-None we could find!
Images: New York Restoration Project, Warming Glow, The Distracted Globe
Sources: Mother Nature Network, United Nations Environment Programme, SFGate.com, AP Entertainment