One of the most significant issues of our time, climate change affects all indiscriminately. Yet, certain people remain firmly passive despite the situation’s urgency, due in part to proactive environmentalism’s reputation of being lame or pointless. Celebrities change this narrative: with their prominent influence, their involvement in the struggle against climate change fosters hope in the future and may call the previously idle to action. In honour of International Women’s Day, here are 4 prominent female celebrities who demonstrate environmentalism in their lives.
The Grammy-winning artist behind the songs “Happier Than Ever”, “idontwannabeyouanymore”, and “Bored”, Billie Eilish is one of the most successful 20-year-olds of today.
One of her earliest acts of environmental advocacy on her platform is through her 2019 song, “all the good girls go to hell”, in which the music video depicts the current direction that the planet is in: it features an oil-soaked winged person limping through a world on fire. With the song’s release, Billie encouraged her followers to action for the 2019 Climate Action Summit, with the following message:
Currently on a world tour for her album, “Happier Than Ever”, Billie has implemented numerous sustainability initiatives to make the events more climate positive. The primary ones are:
- Availability of affordable plant-based concessions at her venues, as well as 100% plant-based catering for the band and crew.
- Elimination of single-use plastics through the use of reusable and/or compostable water bottles, mugs, and other dishware. In addition, the batteries used at the concert will be recycled or donated after use.
- Carbon offsetting through the calculation of tour emissions and respective funding towards greenhouse gas pollution elimination projects.
Emma Watson is an English actress known for her roles as Hermione Granger in the Harry Potter films and Belle in Beauty and the Beast, as well as for her activism in women’s equality.
Her involvement with environmentalism is through ethical and sustainable fashion, starting all the way from 2009 when Emma modelled for a sustainable collection by People Tree.
It continues on with her consistent participation in the green carpet challenge since 2015, an initiative where celebrities are dressed by sustainable and ethical fashion brands for red carpet events. This initiative increases exposure and normalizes sustainable fashion.
At present, Emma is a part of the sustainability committee of the board of directors for Kering, the luxury fashion conglomerate that owns brands such as Balenciaga and Gucci.
Known as the vampire Rosalie Hale in The Twilight Saga, American actress Nikki Reed’s contributions to the environment do not pale in comparison to Billie or Emma.
In addition to volunteering and working with numerous animal rights organizations, Nikki founded and currently runs BaYou with Love, a sustainable and ethical lifestyle brand specializing in recycled jewelry. Through BaYou with Love’s partnership with computer company Dell, Reed’s gold for the jewelry is sourced from a circular supply chain, the precious metal extracted from the e-waste of electronics.
Alongside Ian Somerhalder, her husband and fellow creature of the night from The Vampire Diaries, the couple has run the Ian Somerhalder Foundation since 2010. Their foundation served many purposes, some of which are:
- Scientific advancement related to the environment
- Conservation of natural resources
- Aid and relief for the underprivileged
- Support other environmental and humanitarian organizations
After over a decade of advocacy for both ethics and sustainability, the Ian Somerhalder Foundation has decided to dissolve in 2022.
Millie Bobby Brown
Millie Bobby Brown is known for playing Eleven in Stranger Things and Enola in Enola Holmes.
Considering Millie became the youngest UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador at only 14 in 2018, it is no surprise that the beauty brand that she launched in the following year is youth-central. Florence By Mills is a line that prioritizes the environment, with all its products PETA cruelty-free and Vegan Action certified. These certifications have a tremendous impact on the planet:
- Vegan and cruelty-free products are produced under higher standards for ingredients, making it less likely for harsh chemicals to be utilized. Animal-tested and lab formulated ingredients require greater energy, resources, and ultimately lead to greater carbon output than naturally sourced ingredients.
- Cruelty-free products divert animals from labs for the explicit purpose of testing. This eliminates the need for organism displacement from their habitats, as well as unnecessary breeding for more subjects to experiment with. Animal testing often leads to the great injury and even death for common test animals like rabbits and mice, due to the harshness of the chemicals that are tested on them.
- Vegan products are ensured to not contain animal-derived ingredients, discouraging massive deforestation for animal grazing fields.
Though not a definitive list of all environmentalist female stars, I hope that this list contains a celebrity you know of but not of their actions for the planet. Have a good International Women’s Day!