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Going Green: Eight Celebrities Who Are Environmental Advocates

Mar 29, 2016 06:10 AM EDT
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Matt Damon
Matt Damon is known for his role in the Bourne film Series and his latest film, "The Martian."

But long before he was trapped in the the "Red Planet," Damon already knows the importance of water.

He founded, an international non-profit organization that advocates the availability of clean, safe and cost-effective water in the world. The organization invests on state-of-the-art water technology projects in search for new solutions for a lasting change.

Damon also hosted "Journey to the Planet Earth," a PBS series of environmental documentaries that tackle the current and projected state of the Earth. (Photo:Jason Merritt/Getty Images)

Robert Redford
An American actor, producer, businessman and philanthropist, Robert Redford is also known for his notable contributions in environmentalism. He was named as “Hero of the Environment” by the Time Magazine and was honored with the Duke University’s lifetime environmental achievement in the fine arts, the LEAF award.

He is the producer of the eco-themed TV Program “The Green,” which discusses issues such as wilderness preservation and solar energy.
(Photo:Jason Merritt/[Getty Images for Sundance Film Festival])

Gordon Matthew Thomas Sumner, or best known an “Sting,” is an award-winning musician with a big heart for charities.

Sting supports more than 40 charities including Amazon Watch, Environmental Investigation Agency, Live Earth, Rainforest Foundation Fund, UNICEF, Walden Woods Project and Oceana.

Sting, together with his wife Trudie Styler, founded The Rainforest Foundation UK to help save rainforests in South America. (Photo:Matt Winkelmeyer/[Getty Images for Sundance Film Festival])

Daryl Hannah
Daryl Hannah is a well-known environmental activist. Just like her role as the menacing Elle Driver in "Kill Bill," Daryl’s tenacity when it comes to environmental matters is the real deal.

She was arrested no fewer than three times for her actions for environment. She is the co-founder of Sustainable Biodiesel Alliance, and also serves as a board member of the Environmental Media Association, Action Sports Environment Coalition and ecoAmerica. (Photo:Frederick M. Brown/Getty Images)

Mark Ruffalo
As opposed to his smashing and destructive alter ego The Hulk, Mark Ruffalo actually has a hand for the environment.

Ruffalo is a strong advocate of renewable energy. He is part of the Board of Directors of The Solutions Project that accelerates the transition to 100% clean and renewable energy for all people and purposes.

He also founded the Water Defense, a non-profit organization dedicated to clean water. (Photo: Kevin Winter/Getty Images)

Meryl Streep
The award-winning actress is an international role model for her charitable work.

Together with other moms, Streep created the Mothers & Others to support the Natural Resources Defense Council in reporting the weaknesses in pesticide regulation used in food production.

She also supports The Rainforest Foundation UK, a non-profit organizations aiming to protect rain forests, and was founded by musician Sting and his wife.
(Photo: Pascal Le Segretain/Getty Images)

Brad Pitt
Brad Pitt and his wife, Angelina Jolie, have both been known for their generosity.

In Pitt's case, with his passion for architecture, he started a group of experts in New Orleans to build environment-friendly structures through sustainable architecture and design.

The group was called The Make It Right Foundation, a non-profit organization committed to the object of financing and constructing 150 new houses in New Orleans’ Ninth Ward. (Photo:Astrid Stawiarz/Getty Images)

Leonardo DiCarpio
After finally winning an Oscar, Leonardo DiCarpio delighted environment advocates around the world with his acceptance speech that urges people to change climate change.

DiCarpio is a well-known environmentalist and has received various awards and honors for his efforts in preserving the environment.

He founded the Leonardo DiCarpio Foundation, a non-profit organization that actively fosters awareness of environmental issues through participation with different organizations, such as Natural Resources Defense Council, Global Green USA, the International Fund For Animal Welfare and National Geographic Kids. (Photo:Pascal Le Segretain/Getty Images)

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