Monday, December 20, 2010

Celebrities Helping to End Global Warming

Global warming is an issue that is increasing in popularity.  Global warming is widely discussed and debated on the television, radio, and even online.  One of the many reason for this increased media coverage is due in part to celebrities.  Over the past few years, a large number of celebrities have publicized their stance on global warming.  In this same time frame, global warming saw an increase in media exposure.  That leaves many wondering what if there is a connection and if so, is that connection doing good?

One of the many celebrities who have helped use their well known name to bring awareness to global warming is that of Al Gore.  Al Gore was most well known for his role as the Vice President of the United States, under Bill Clinton.  As for now, Al Gore is most well known for his fight against global warming.  Al Gore is one of the first political figures to take global warming seriously.  In fact, he has done more than that.  His award winning documentary, An Inconvenient Truth, has brought much needed attention to this important issue. 

Leonardo DiCaprio is another well known figure who has been and who is still using his name to bring attention to the many environmental issues.  This award winning actor has turned into a well known environmentalist.  One of the many topics that he brings attention to is that of global warming.  In addition to making numerous celebrity appearances at global warning related events, he has also created his own documentary.  This documentary is titled 11th Hour.  Since Leonardo DiCaprio is considered one of the greatest actors of his time, he has the ability to bring much needed attention to global warming, as well as other environmental issues.

Arnold Schwarzenegger is another well known figure that has been using his status to do good for the environment.  Arnold Schwarzenegger is a well-known actor turned political figure.  In addition to being outspoken on global warming with his views on the subject, he has also taken action not seen by many other politicians.  In California, Arnold Schwarzenegger has passed laws that reduce the greenhouse gasses emitted in the state of California and much more.

Laurie David may not be well known herself, but you may have likely heard of her husband before.  Her husband is most well known as being the co-creator of Seinfeld.  She worked on a documentary for HBO that covered the science behind global warming. There are also reports that she helped to bring Al Gore’s, an Inconvenient Truth, documentary into the public eye.

The above mentioned celebrities are just a few of the many who have used their celebrity status to bring much attention to the hot topic of global warming.  In addition to starting their own environmental groups and making their own documentaries or television programs that focus on the issue of global warming, celebrities do much more.  Many celebrities are known for providing faces and voices for documentaries, concerts, and other charity events.

Although many individuals view the association with entertainment and global warming overkill, there is a lot that these celebrities and others have done to help in the fight against global warming.  For example, there are a number of documentaries on global warming, but Al Gore’s documentary saw success more than others partly because of his well known name and status.  For many individuals, they may have not heard about global warning or learned the possible affects of it if it weren’t for celebrities.

Many celebrities, such as the ones outlined above are known for showing their support for the environment, but there are others who have spoken out against global warming.  One of those individuals is Michael Crichton, a well-known author.  In the year 2002, he wrote a book that basically claimed global warming is nothing but a conspiracy theory.  In this book, he claimed that many environmentalists are using global warming as a ploy to receive more money for their organizations.  His book was met with a mixture of support and criticism.

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