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I'm not a huge fan of fruit leathers, but this turned out super good! And, really, you can't go wrong with blackberries, mint and rum.

Friday, March 14, 2008

Eco Hottie of the Week

Mr. Matt DamonI've decided to start a new series to celebrate some of those men and women out there that are doing things with their notoriety to help advance environmental issues and awareness.

Like it or not, celebrities wield a tremendous amount of influence over the public and, in some cases, are doing a lot of good. But don't worry, along the way I'll highlight some folks with a little less celebrity, because they are, none-the-less, important in getting the message across.

This week's target, I mean, Eco Hottie, is Matt Damon.

Who: Matt Damon

What: Actor, Academy Award Winner (Best Screenplay)

Why: In addition to supporting ONE, a campaign fighting AIDS and poverty in Third World countries and being a founding member of Not On Our Watch, an organization that focuses global attention and resources to stop and prevent mass atrocities such as in Darfur, Matt is also the founder of H2O Africa Foundation, the charitable arm of the Running the Sahara expedition focusing on creating widespread public awareness of the water crisis in Africa and gathering support for clean water programs in critical areas. This is a project I wholeheartedly support.

Oh yeah, and if that weren't enough, he is a board member of GreenDimes, an organization that attempts to halt the tons of junk mail delivered to American homes each day.

Quotable: Matt sums up his charitable endeavors by saying, "You get a certain amount of celebrity capital and you can choose to spend it however you want. You can sell shampoo or try and enrich yourself. You can do a lot of things, but this is a great way to spend that capital."

So, next time you see Matt, know that he's not just a pretty face - there's a brain and a lot of heart working in there, too.

If you would like to nominate someone as an Eco Hottie, email me.

16 comments:

Burbanmom said...

Yummy post. One more reason to love Matt Damon. Like we needed one. ;-)

Raw Vegan Mama said...

What a beautiful way to start my morning! :) Thanks!

RVM

e4 said...

And then there's the educational video he did with Sarah Silverman.

Oh wait. I guess that didn't have anything to do with being green...

Emily said...

I nominate Crunchy for the Eco hottie of the week!!

arif said...

I'd like to second Emily's proposal of nominating Crunchy for Eco Hottie of the week.

All in favor?

Crunchy Domestic Goddess said...

love matt damon. :)
LOL at e4. i was going to bring that up too, but i couldn't think of a way to keep it family friendly. ;)

and yes, crunchy chicken should totally be an eco hottie of the week!!

arduous said...

Pretty face, brain, heart, abs, shoulders, butt... oh sorry, I got carried away there.

Grant said...

I like Matt Damon (the Bourne movies are incredible), but as a heterosexual male he's not exactly my first choice. :)

MamaBird said...

definitely think Crunchy should be the eco hottie of the *year*! loved reading about goods 4 girls in treehugger! i agree with their reporter, you have the energy of four of me!

Greenpa said...

Yes, but you're not nourishing your inner schadenfreundin this way.

You could, you know, make it a 2fer.

The "Eco-Hottie And The Eco-Naughty" -

Think of all the fun. Paris whatserface comes to mind, somehow...

:-)

Cave-Woman said...

I'd recommend Darryl Hannah.
She's very green and very lovely. (:

april said...

Hot Crunchy Chicken

Shannon Hodgins said...

Oh yeah! I'd say Leo is up there too.

CindyW said...

Well said, Matt - use the celebrity capital to sell shampoo and do something important. How can you not love the guy?! For the guys, Alicia Silverstone is a cool eco hottie.

LifeLessPlastic said...

Ooooooh, that boy is cute! Does anyone think he looks a little young in that picture? Must be from a few years again, right? (p.s. I have a weakness for celebrity gossip, so this post is awesome! Combining green-ness with celebs is brilliant!)

Wendy said...

Orlando Bloom - he's into water conservation ... or else he just doesn't give a damn about cleanliness, but either way, he's a hottie ... and he's saving water. I nominate him ;).

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