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Green Movement Celebrities

As going green becomes more and more chic, celebrities are embracing the movement and advocating renewable energy, green products, and the like. But supermodel Gisele Bündchen is no stranger to environmental issues, and this past Thursday she was named the Best Green International Celebrity at this year's Green Awards.

The award show took place at the National History Museum in London, with candidates including Paul McCartney and musician Miguel Bose. Gisele has been a Goodwill Ambassador for the United Nations Environment Program since 2009 and has been a big supporter of environmental issues and events, such as World Environment Day.

But Gisele isn't the only celeb who has gone green. Ashton Kutcher has reportedly bought soon-to-be ex-wife Demi Moore quite a Lexus hybrid (valued at over $100,000), not a shabby vehicle to have tucked behind your garage door! Jessica Alba has come forward as a proponent of the Safe Chemicals Act, which would require chemicals to be proven safe before they can be used in products that children are likely to encounter.

Finally there's Amy Smart, who recently had a green wedding, marrying Carter Oosterhouse. Smart explained, “Our wedding was very green. We had 220 people there and only one bag of trash, not even a full bag. We recycled everything, we composted everything."  Smart also commented on hopes to go even greener, saying, “For my house, I had [a solar paneling company] come and . . . try and put [solar panels] on my roof. From the mountains and the location, they said I wouldn't be able to benefit from it and it would be so expensive because I get so much shade at some points. So yeah, if we can, we will definitely try to put solar on."

So what does it mean that so many celebrities are jumping aboard the green bandwagon? Well, it certainly is a good sign. People look up to celebrities, and if they see them going green and becoming more environmentally conscious, they are more likely to follow suit, or perhaps at least do some research and explore a more eco-friendly lifestyle.

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 Unfortunately, you're average "celebrity" is always going to have a higher carbon footprint than you're average joe (with all that jet setting around, leaving in a massive mansion while being waited on by an army of staff). If they really want to go green then downgrade you're lifestyle a bit! But at least some aren't nearly as bad as this lady: http://blogs.independent.co.uk/2011/12/07/some-unanswered-questions-about-hilary-swank-and-human-rights/ Last film she's in that I'll ever be watching! They should bring back the hollywood black list, and start it off with one name,...her's!

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Yes! And you don't even have to be a famous celebrity to have a major carbon footprint. I read this Swedish study on this subject a year or so ago. Unfortunately I can't find it now.  But the study basically took two areas, one wealthy and one poor neighborhood, in a Swedish city and compared the environmental footprint of the people who lived there. They came to the conclusion that while the richer people (and again, these were no celebrities but just middle and upper middle class people) purchased organic food, drove hybrids and lived in areas with a better and healthier environment they still had a much worse environmental and carbon footprint than the poorer people who lived in dirtier areas and drove older cars. Why? Because the richer people lived in bigger houses, traveled to far-away countries on their holidays, ate more meat and so on.  And that is basically why you can't blame overpopulation for climate change. ;)

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