More Featured Earthkeeper Heroes A Sewer Becomes a Water Park with floating botanical gardens that are helping restore ecological health. Alan Rabinowitz started the first ever jaguar preserve. Alexandra Cousteau was honored as an Earth Trustee by the UN in 2007 for her work to protect the oceans. Ansel Adams was an 'artist-activist' whose photographs of nature inspired conservation. Australian Aborigines Protecting Wetlands The native people of Northern Australia work with nature and their own culture to conserve the environment around them. Barry Commoner works to protect the environment and raise awareness about the danger of radio activity. Ben Redclay was an earthkeeper whose legacy lives on through his daughter. Benjamin Kahn involves school children in regrowing coral to help save damaged reefs in the Red Sea. Beth Rickard Environmentalist is an advocate of solar as the energy of the future. Bill Roley taught children in a Mexican orphanage how to work the land. CCAT - CAMPUS CENTER FOR APPROPRIATE TECHNOLOGY at Humboldt State University. Chico Mendes was a father who gave the ultimate sacrifice in defending rainforests. Chief Oren Lyons is an internationally venerated advocate for preserving biodiversity. CTxGrEn Ramani Sankaranarayanan and Geeta Vaidyanathan show remote villagers how to turn native materials into fuel for water and electricity. David Nathan Chain was killed during a nonviolent protest to save the redwoods. Deland Chan started an environmental group at the YMCA in New York City. Dennis Weaver is an actor and advocate for ecologically sustainable living. Dian Fossey worked to protect the endangered Mountain Gorilla. Dr. E.O. Wilson studies the impact that human activity has on the planet. Dr. Elvia Niebla Soil Scientist is dedicated to soil conservation. Dr. Richard Murphy Marine Biologist educates others about the sea and ways to protect the oceans for the future. Dr. Robert Ballard and the JASON project bring scientific exploration to children around the world. Dr. Shirley McGreal founded the International Primate Protection League. Dr. Vandana Shiva works to preserve biodiversity for the planet. Envirofit retrofits engines to reduce pollution and enhance energy efficiency in developing countries. Film Festival 2006 My Trip to Catalina Island Produced by Slater Jewell-Kemker Slater, a young environmental and peace activist, meets her hero, Jean-Michel Cousteau. Fin Donnelly works to keep our rivers and waters clean. Frances Moore Lappe works to eliminate the injustices that cause hunger. Friends of Nature: Mr. Liang Congjie is a voice for China's environment. Friends of the Sea Lion rescue, treat, and release these mammals back into the ocean. George Schaller is a world-renowned naturalist. Gerald Durrell established the Jersey Wildlife Preservation Trust for endangered species. Greenpeace works globally to save the environment Hayrettin Karaca is known as Grandfather Earth for making our planet brighter, greener and better for future generations. Heather DeWitt is a devoted conservationist. J.N. (Ding) Darling was a conservationist and cartoonist who used his art to raise awareness about the environment. Jack Johnson is a musician who encourages kids to take care of the environment. Jack Sim has started a worldwide campaign for clean public toilets and better sanitation standards. Jacques Cousteau invented the Aqua-Lung, a predecessor to the SCUBA systems used by divers worldwide today. Jane Goodall is an authority on wild chimpanzees. Jane Goodall …is a renowned expert on chimpanzees and works to educate people about their own power to improve the environment. Jean-Michel Cousteau is committed to protecting the ocean for future generations through education and conservation. Jody Williams is a human rights activist and Nobel Peace Prize winner who began a campaign to rid the world of landmines. John McConnell founded Earth Day (March 20) and continues his fight for environmental education and awareness. John Muir advocated preservation, feeling that natural areas promote mental health. Joseph Ki-Zerbo works to help Africans retain control of their country's agriculture. Julia Hill brought public attention to deforestation in California. Kory Johnson was honored with the Goldman Environmental Prize in 1998. Laurie David is passionately committed to stopping global warming. Lee Myung-Bak is responsible for making Seoul, South Korea 'cleaner and greener' during his tenure as mayor. Marjory Stoneman Douglas worked tirelessly to preserve the Everglades. Mia Siscawati teaches people to protect their environment. Michael Reynolds Garbage Warrior combines biology and architecture to build sustainable housing. Mrs. Mei Ng: Friends of the Earth (Hong Kong) uses education to foster environmental awareness in China Nicole Dewing and Curtis McCormack joined the Peace Corps and started a waste recycling project in Joal, Senegal. Ocean Robbins helps organize young people committed to protecting the planet. Prigi Arisandi works to educate people on the importance of protecting the rivers of Indonesia Rachel Carson was the mother of the environmental movement. Reef Ball Foundation restores damaged coral reef systems around the world. Robert F. Kennedy Jr. is an eco-warrior defending the earth for future generations. Robert Redford established the Sundance Film Festival as a platform to effect change in the world. Rory Stear and Kristine Pearson developed and distribute wind-up and solar powered radios to poor communities around the world. Roxanne Kremer works with the Mestizo Indians of the Peruvian rainforest to save pink dolphins. Ryan Hreljac helps build wells for clean water in Africa. Saint Francis of Assisi was a true example of harmonious existence on Earth Sandra Postel believes in the importance of water conservation. Severn Cullis-Suzuki an environmental activist, speaker, television host who urges her audiences to take individual responsibility and act with the future in mind. Stanislav Petrov averted nuclear disaster, yet remains unknown to most. SUJANA cleans roads in Indonesia to help the environment. Suryo Wardhoyo Prawiroatmodjo educates people in Indonesia to protect the environment. Sylvia Earle is a marine biologist and ambassador of the oceans. The Kaa-Iya del Gran Chaco National Park is the only park in the Americas established and run by indigenous peoples. The Terram Foundation brings job growth, community involvement, and local solutions to larger environmental concerns. Theodore Roosevelt worked tirelessly to protect wildlife and the environment. Wangari Maathai founded the Green Belt Movement, a non-profit organization that plants trees to help restore the desolate ecosystem in Africa. Wes Jackson was a professor who returned to the land to advance sustainable agriculture practices. William McDonough designs buildings for ecological sustainability. YouthCaN is a youth- run organization promoting environmental awareness through technology. Zander Srodes and Turtle Talks has educated over 5,000 students on sea turtles and marine conservation.



Brad Pitt- Green Building Movement  
Tom Hanks- 1st E.box electric car  
Will Ferrell- Earth to America
Rosario Dawson- Clean Energy & Reduction project
Edward Norton-  Eco Commitment
Pierce Bronsan- Marine Mammels & wetland projects
Daryl Hannah- Save La's So. Central Farm
Julia louis Dreyfus- Heal the Bay 
Ed Begley Jr.- Eco Cleaners Begly's Best
George Clooney- Very Eco Friendly
Amitabh Bachchan- Global Cool India
Cameron Diaz- trained to do Al Gore's Show
Robert Redford-Major Eco friendly
Kate Blanchett- Green that venture
Leonardo DiCaprio- 11th Hour, his foundation
Dennis Weaver- Green Building/Houses

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Hollywood-Los Angeles Beautification Team Honors Green-Hearted Actors

HOLLYWOOD, California, June 16, 2008 (ENS) - The nonprofit Hollywood-Los Angeles Beautification Team will be honoring and thanking well known actors Ed Begley Jr. and Amy Smart at their annual dinner event on June 25.

The Hollywood-Los Angeles Beautification Team, HBT, is a grassroots organization created by members of the Hollywood and Los Angeles community in 1992. The team engages communities to improve school campuses, neighborhoods and business districts, and provides educational workshops and vocational training to at-risk youth.

Begley, star of HGTV's "Living with Ed," is being honored as "a pioneer in teaching about sustainable living and walking his talk," HBT said in a statement today. Created as two television series of six weeks each, "Living with Ed" aired in 2007 and 2008.


Actor and environmental activist Ed Begley, Jr. addresses the crowd at the Earth Day Green Apple Festival on the National Mall in Washington, DC. April 2008. (Photo by Nony Dutton)

Cycling and driving his electric car from his solar-powered Studio City home to destinations around Los Angeles, Begley has served as chairman of the Environmental Media Association, and the Santa Monica Mountains Conservancy. He still serves on those boards, as well as on the boards of the Thoreau Institute, the Earth Communications Office, Tree People and Friends of the Earth, among other organizations.
HBT is also honoring Smart, a member of the board and long-time spokesperson for the non-profit group Heal The Bay, an organization devoted to cleaning up the Santa Monica Bay.

Entrepreneur Elon Musk, co-founder of PayPal and SpaceX and chairman of Tesla Motors and SolarCity, will receive an Environmental Business Award.

The public is invited to attend the dinner and presentations at the Universal Studios Globe Theater. At 6pm the cocktail hour and “Green Faire” begins, with dinner and program at 7:30pm. Single tickets are $150. Sponsorships are available.

Guests will hear from Los Angeles Supervisor Zev Yaroslavsky, Los Angeles Council President Eric Garcetti, Councilmember Tom LaBonge, Debbie Levin of the Environmental Media Association, Ben Lyons E! Network’s Daily Show and emcee Paula Poundstone.

Also in attendance will be special guests Robert Baum, great grandson of L. Frank Baum, author of the Wizard of OZ and his wife Clare.

Sponsors include NBC/Universal Studios, Paramount Studios, Disney Studios, Kaiser, Ahmanson Foundation, Weingart Foundation, Hollywood Roosevelt Hotel and the Gilmore Bank.

Created in 1992 by neighborhood volunteers, the Hollywood/Los Angeles Beautification Team now is building a permanent headquarters to house operations and educational programs just half a block from the Hollywood Walk of Fame.

HBT says a building is needed "because of the tremendous increase in demand for our services throughout the City and the County Los Angeles."

From its new building, HBT intends to provide more efficient and extensive services for the community and more vocational youth job training; to implement on-site educational programs; and to develop more green programs.

Since 1992, the Team has adopted over 110 public schools, hired 2,500 at-risk youth as a paid work force, and implemented 250 mural walls. After first giving instruction in both art and the environment, the staff has mentored over 27,000 children in interactive art, tree planting, and cleaning projects at their own schools.

Each year, staff and volunteers plant 2,000 trees, abate over two million square feet of graffiti, and remove more than 30 tons of trash from the city streets throughout Los Angeles.

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