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I would like to follow up my report from the “green” Oscars with a clip from an article by Jill Serjeant/REUTERS that lists some of the leading green celebrity players:

– ROBERT REDFORD: 30 years on board of Natural Resources Defense Council, founder of Sundance Preserve, winner of 1993 Earth Day award, 1987 United Nations Global 500 award. In April 2007, launches weekly three-hour slot called “The Green,” dedicated entirely to the environment, on his Sundance TV channel.

– LEONARDO DICAPRIO: started the Leonardo DiCaprio Foundation in 1998 to promote environmental issues, drives a hybrid car, currently writing and producing a feature length documentary on global warming called “11th Hour.”

– BRAD PITT: co-creator of design competition to build 20 affordable, reduced energy, environmentally friendly homes in New Orleans.

– STING: founder in 1989 of Rainforest Foundation to protect rain forests and their indigenous peoples.

– HARRISON FORD: vice chairman of Conservation International, has a Central American ant named after him, won the Global Environmental Citizen Award in 2002.

– DAVE MATTHEWS BAND: offsets CO2 emissions produced by their multi-city tours by funding projects such as tree plantings and wind turbine construction.

– AL GORE: former U.S. vice president whose climate change documentary “An Inconvenient Truth” was Oscar-nominated, also nominated for 2007 Nobel Peace prize.

– PIERCE BROSNAN: focuses on marine mammal and wetland protection, headlined Natural Resources Defense Council campaign against effects of Navy sonar on whales, awarded 1997 Green Cross International Environmental Leadership Award.

– CATE BLANCHETT: plans to equip Sydney Theater Company building with solar panels, rainwater collection systems to make it completely eco-friendly. Sydney home is fully powered by solar energy, donates to Forest Guardians.

– EDWARD NORTON: launched the BP Solar Neighbors Program in 2003 which matches each celebrity purchase of a solar energy home system with a solar installation in a low-income family home in Los Angeles.

– DARYL HANNAH: arrested in June 2006 for staging a 23-day tree sit-in during a bid to preserve an urban community garden in Los Angeles, traveled across America in 2005 in a biofuel car, home is entirely off-grid.

– RICHARD BRANSON: Virgin Group chairman, a former global warming skeptic, who in September 2006 pledged to spend all profits from his airline and rail businesses (estimated $3 billion over 10 years) on investments in biofuel research and projects to tackle emissions.

– ALANIS MORISSETTE: given 2003 Environmental Media Association Missions in Music Award; campaigns against oil drilling in Alaska; has solar panels on home.

– KT TUNSTALL: ran her US tour bus on biodiesel fuel, performed at eco-friendly “Golden Green” at the 2007 Golden Globe awards in Los Angeles.

– JOSH HARTNETT, ORLANDO BLOOM, MAROON 5, KT TUNSTALL: promoting 2007 Global Cool initiative to cut carbon emissions by encouraging people to turn off TVs, mobile-phone chargers and other energy-draining gadgets.

– JAMIE OLIVER: celebrity chef, plans to power his Cornwall, England, restaurant by wind turbines.

– NEIL YOUNG: 2004 North American tour fueled entirely with biodiesel.

– WILLIE NELSON: singer, co-partner in the Willie Nelson Biodiesel Company.

It’s cool to be green!

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