Some social activists theorize that celebrity endorsement is actually one of the most powerful ways to draw attention to social problems.
Garden Collage Magazine has compiled a non-exhaustive list of celebrities who continue to stand up for the environment:
- Meryl Streep: Meryl Streep’s move towards activism began in the 80’s, when the 17-time Academy Award nominated actress began advocating for the Natural Resource Defense Council to raise awareness for environmental issues.
- Leonardo DiCaprio: Leonardo DiCaprio is one of the most outspoken celebrity advocates for Climate Change Awareness. In 2016– the same year he denounced Climate Change deniers in his now infamous Academy Award acceptance speech– he partnered with National Geographic to produce Before The Flood, an incisive documentary that addresses the “calculated disinformation campaign orchestrated by powerful special interests working to confuse the public about the urgency of the growing climate crisis.”
- Ben Affleck: Ben Affleck founded the Eastern Congo Initiative with Whitney Williams in 2010, billing it as “the first U.S. based advocacy and grant-making initiative wholly focused on working with and for the people of eastern Congo.”
- Channing Tatum:The Magic Mike 2’s most notable star has worked with PlantMed, an organization dedicated to working with indigenous peoples in the Amazon– the world’s epicenter for medicinal plants. PlantMed aims to draw attention to the fast encroaching destruction of the rainforest and the knowledge that indigenous people have with respect to herbal remedies and botanical medicine.
Check out the rest of the list from Garden Collage Magazine here.