6 & 7). Sheryl Crow and Laurie David: Increase Your Greenthusiasm
The inspired pairing of a longtime singer/eco-activist and a Hollywood environmentalist resulted in the Stop Global Warming College Tour, where Crow and David visited 11 campuses nationwide to spread the climate-crisis message. Audience members were given energy-efficient light bulbs and urged to join a virtual march at Stopglobalwarming.org [www.stopglobalwarming.org]. Extra props go to Crow, who tousled with then-White House advisor Karl Rove at the Correspondent's dinner. Crow, barked at by Rove, insisted, "You can't speak to us like that. You work for us." To which Rove responded, "I don't work for you, I work for the American people." Crow shot back, "We are the American people."
8). Daryl Hannah: Making a Splash
Even Ed Begley Jr. is in awe of Hannah's radically green, off-the-grid organic farm life in the Rocky Mountains. The actress has spent years touring the country speaking about eco-issues. In June 2006 she was arrested for staging a 23-day sit-in to save a Los Angeles urban garden. This year, among many other green pursuits, Hannah and musician Willie Nelson pushed to establish norms for biodiesel production, one of the initiatives for their group The Sustainable Biodiesel Alliance [http://www.sustainablebiodieselalliance.com/].
9). Robert Redford: The (Non-) Electric Horseman
Redford's been championing eco-issues since he was 24, when he bought land in Utah to dedicate to environmental conservation and art. That purchase, now known as Sundance, grew to become the soul of the independent film community. Redford's Utah-opia also operates the Sundance Channel, where this past April he launched a weekly three-hour block of eco-programming called "The Green." On the political front, Redford's The Heat is On [http://www.heatison.org/index.php] movement urges the 2008 presidential candidates to make environmental issues a main campaign platform.
10). Musicians: Rock-and-Roll's Enviro-Players
From Radiohead to Pearl Jam to Incubus to Dave Matthews to Styx, rock and roll plugged into the eco-vibe in the biggest way by transforming the way artists tour, acts sell records and the music business is run.
GREEN THUMBS UP TO...
...Barneys New York Creative Director Simon Doonan, for making green the theme for the store's holiday windows. From Rudolph the Recycling Reindeer to "Green is the New Black" signs, Doonan is the man for this season.
...Liam Neeson, for biking to a recent NYC event for Matthew Modine's new green initiative, Bicycle for a Day [http://www.bicycleforaday.org/].
...Meg Ryan and Mario Van Peebles, for coming out to support the first-ever Eco Gift Expo [http://www.ecogift.com/] in Los Angeles, where 154 vendors displayed environmentally friendly gifts, and 10% of revenues went to Global Green USA [http://www.globalgreen.org/] and Whole Planet Foundation [http://www.wholeplanetfoundation.org/].
...Reverend Billy, star of the wild, wacky road-trip film "What Would Jesus Buy?" for his crusade to get America to stop shopping. The reverend, called a "cross between Al Gore and Elvis Presley," wants Americans to understand the true meaning of Christmas by simply not spending cash.
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