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How celebrities are tackling climate change

In the wake of Greta Thunberg’s iconic speech, we take a look at which celebrities are using their platforms to help change the future of our planet.

Last week, Greta Thunberg’s address to the UN’s Climate Action Summit shook the world.

During her speech, she excoriated world leaders for their lack of action and warned them that their failure to start doing something about it would be completely unforgivable in the eyes of future generations. Well, it certainly had an impact.

Cities across the globe have since been flooded with a fresh wave of climate strikes, hundreds of thousands of people taking to the streets to demand urgent action on the escalating ecological emergency. And it doesn’t stop there.

Now, celebrities are coming together in an effort to raise awareness of quite how serious the situation really is, starting charities and donating funds to the cause.

While many have used social media to get the message across, posting images of themselves partaking in various strikes around the world or sharing petitions for us to sign, others have gone the extra mile in order to show their support.

However, there are those who acknowledge that celebrity voices have power, and these are the ones using theirs to encourage us all to fight.

You probably know about Leonardo DiCaprio recently pledging $5M to help save the Amazon Rainforest, but what about Mark Ruffalo who co-founded the Solutions Project Organisation in 2011? Sharing DiCaprio’s same passion for the environment, Ruffalo’s mission is to ‘accelerate the transition to 100% clean energy by turning an impossible idea into a global movement.’

He still hasn’t given up, continuing to campaign against fracking and pioneering instant grantmaking for activists because, as he rightly believes, we no longer have time to waste.

Drake is also getting involved, donating all proceeds from his Rock in Rio merchandise to Amazon Conservation Team, an organisation striving to protect the rainforest from the deforestation and fires that have already destroyed a large part of it.

His official merch company, TourLife, shared the news on Instagram, writing that the profits from the exclusive tee will go towards supporting ‘Amazonian communities on the front lines in the fight against fires and deforestation in the Amazon.’

The team has been dedicated to this for over 20 years, working hand-in-hand with the indigenous people that Drake will be helping. We stan.

Finally, perhaps one of the most influential musicians of our time, especially amongst young people, Billie Eilish is taking a stand against climate change on her upcoming world tour.

After releasing her music video for all the good girls go to hell which imparted an important message of rising tides and California wildfires alongside footage of her doused in thick, black oil, she announced that all the venues of Where Do We Go will be going completely green next year.

Partnering with NGO Reverb to ensure an environmentally friendly live music experience, all the venues will have water stations and she has banned plastic straws (so make sure you bring your hydro flask).

What’s more, a Billie Eilish ‘Eco-Village’ will be stationed at every show offering attendees more information on how to join in on the battle against climate change.

‘Right now there are millions of people all over the world begging our leaders to pay attention,’ she said. ‘Our earth is warming up at an unprecedented rate, icecaps are melting, our oceans are rising, our wildlife is being poisoned and our forests are burning. Make your voice be heard.’

There’s no denying that Billie and her fellow Gen Zers are determined to save the world. The future’s in our hands so let’s all do our best to play our part.