Celebrity Spotlight: Mark Ruffalo

For his devoted activism in, well, almost every realm its needed in, Mark is the eco-celebrity of the moment


Were you 1 of the 400,000 people to attend the People’s Climate March in NYC? Mark Ruffalo was. For those who only know him in his Hollywood role, his recent involvement (acting and producing) in HBO’s The Normal Heart should have set off some buzzers that this celebrity  had a message to send. The movie centers around the infamous outbreak of AIDS in NYC’s gay community several decades ago, with Ruffalo taking on the part of a gay activist. In real life, Ruffalo is just as adamant about spreading the word of human rights and gender justice. So much so that he recently retracted his support for Marina Silva, a Brazilian Presidential candidate and known environmentalist.

This must have been a heart-wrenching decision for Ruffalo to make, as he has dedicated his fame to becoming a voice for the environment. However passionate about the natural world, Ruffalo sees its decline as it is related to and impacting humanity. For him to discontinue his support for a candidate who has the power to implement real legislative changes in regards to the environment on the basis that the candidate’s stance on gay marriage is that of opposition, shows Ruffalo is truly for the people. And for this, we applaud him. Because he knows that the world will never come to an agreement about how the environment should be governed, if people cannot come to an agreement on how they themselves should – or shouldn’t – be governed. Each issue – humanitarian, political, environmental, economical – is interconnected. Opposition to one means hindrance to another, and Ruffalo’s involvement in all makes him a true visionary. Here are just a few of the things he’s been up to lately:

  • At the People’s Climate March, Ruffalo specifically marched to stop fracking. The cause of widespread (and widely covered up) water contamination, fracking threatens the potability and availability water – which many, Ruffalo included, believe is a natural human right. Here is a video of him with HuffPost Live speaking on the matter.
  • Which leads to Ruffalo’s commitment to clean water in general, the basis for the non-profit he started, Water Defense.
  • This is a piece that Ruffalo wrote for CNN, asking Americans to join in the anti-fracking fight.
  • Mark Ruffalo believes that the world can run on 100% renewable energy, 100% of the time, AND it will CREATE jobs, starting with NYC:
  • And here he is, announcing that he will divest all of his stocks that in any way support fossil fuels, and asking his wealthy friends to do the same, knowing their combined protest will make a slight dent but also steal the headlines and inspire thousands to do the same.
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Mark Ruffalo alongside fellow environmentalist and another one of our favorites Leonardo DiCaprio at the People’s Climate March. Photo courtesy of Mashable

 

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What @MarkRuffalo has been up to for the last 24 hours

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Allison Beauregard

Allison is a New York City based writer with a focus on sustainability. Her work demonstrates how it is possible to have the “things” that make us happy without compromising the resources that provide these goods. With this vision, Allison sees a future where environmental degradation is reversed and the quality of human life is equally distributed. She is the Category Editor of The Franklin Report and was among the top 5 contributors for Elephant Journal in October 2014.

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