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    Eco-celebs walk the talk

    Hearing celebrities expound on politics or talk about their commitment to causes makes many people groan. Maybe it sounds like they're being fed sound bites or just trying to connect their name to the latest hot trend.

    But no one can deny the power of American celebrity culture. High-profile, truly dedicated actors like Ed Begley Jr., and groups like the Environmental Media Association are having a deepening impact on the powerfully influential Hollywood industry and the messages it puts out.

    Join host Jerry Kay, publisher of the Environmental News Network as we hear from one of the most dedicated actor-activists, and find out the strategy behind the "greening" of Hollywood.

    This Week's Guests:

    Ed Begley Jr. — Environmental activist, actor

    Ed is both a successful actor -nominated for Emmy, American Comedy and Golden Globe awards- with a long list of movie, television and theatre credits and a highly respected and committed environmental activist. He lives in a solar powered home, drives an electric car and grows much of his own organic produce. A long time leader in Hollywood's environmental movement, his work has earned him a number of awards from some of the most prestigious environmental groups in the nation, including the California League of Conservation Voters, the Natural Resources Defense Council, The Coalition for Clean Air, Heal the Bay and the Santa Monica Baykeeper.

    Debbie Levin — President, Environmental Media Association

    The Environmental Media Association (EMA) mobilizes the entertainment industry in a global effort to educate people about environmental issues and inspire them into action. Over the past five years, utilizing a Board of Directors that include some of the most influential names in the entertainment business, Debbie has moved EMA in new directions with a strong emphasis on getting younger stars involved. She has a degree in Film from the University of Southern California, and a background in the television business.

    More information:

  • Environmental Media Association
  • Ed Begley Jr., Homepage
  • Interview with Ed Begley
  • Woody Harrelson's Environmental Website
  • Leonardo DiCaprio's Environmental Website
  • Daryl Hannah on being off-Grid

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