Inspiring voices of our generation
We’ve grown up in a world dominated by showbiz. Who has never tried to moonwalk to Michael Jackson or had a cover group of the Spice Girls (erm, guilty…)? These awesome people on our screens have the power to affect the lives of millions. And we all know that with great power comes great responsibility…
Nowadays, social media has allowed for a closer relationship between people and celebrities – which, for a good part, seems to have our generation submerged in an endless sea of selfies. But digging deeper, you’ll find some of these figures are taking a worthwhile approach to fame, making use of their post to address important worldwide issues and engaging in empathetic projects. We don’t know about you, but we feel these are the people we want to see more of!
Here are some folks who will inspire you into making a difference:
Livia is the founder and creative director of Eco Age Ltd., an ideas consultancy firm that brings sustainability solutions to businesses around the world. She is also one of the creators of the Green Carpet Challenge (GCC), a project that brings together glamour and ethics; they use platforms like high profile events and collaborations to bring sustainability and green matters into the spotlight. An eco fashion activist, Livia recently attended the Met Gala 2017 in a Pinatex (an eco alternative to leather made from pineapple leaves) dress. Mr. Darcy is a lucky man!
Leonardo di Caprio
People seem to be easily distracted by his dating life, but Leo’s successful career has given him a podium for his true passion; the planet. A philanthropist and an outspoken environment ambassador, he started his own foundation at 24, which deals with raising environmental awareness all over the world. He’s also been involved in must-see documentaries Cowspiracy and Before the Flood – if you haven’t seem them yet, drop whatever you’re doing. – Recently, he has been busy building an eco-conscious resort on piece of unpopulated land off on the coast of Belize. All this eco-friendliness has led him to be named a UN Peace Messenger. Leo’s ability to use his position to make an impactful difference makes him an inspiring voice of our generation. In his own words “You are the last, best hope of Earth. We ask you to protect it. Or we, and all living things we cherish, are history.”
Stella is somewhat of a pioneer when it comes to sustainable fashion. She was raised as a vegetarian in an organic farm in England, so a conscious lifestyle is in her core. We all know plenty of evil truths about the fashion industry, they are often deal-breakers especially for those who are passionate about animal welfare or green causes. As an avid voice for animal rights, she changed the fashion game with her simple yet feminine, wearable tailoring, and no leather or fur in sight. She doesn’t want to be seen as a ‘leader’ per se, but more like someone who is doing their best.
“Our philosophy is that it is better to do something than nothing. For me, it’s about the basic principles: Sustainability is important, as is recycling. Everyone can do simple things to make a difference, and every little bit really does count.”
Stella’s stance in fashion, that you can in fact produce sustainable and cruelty-free clothing without compromising style and quality, is an encouraging message to fashionistas everywhere.
She is a UN Goodwill ambassador and actively involved in causes such as clean water and the preservation of the rain forest. Gisele has tirelessly used her voice to address important environmental issues; especially in her homeland Brazil. Speaking of home, she doesn’t just talk the talk, she walks the walk. Along with husband Tom Brady, their home was designed from scratch to be as eco-friendly as possible, this includes solar panels and led lights. They also stick to a plant based diet while at home with their kids. Gisele says any changes, no matter how little, are a great start.
Who doesn’t know that kind of geeky, bald guy that happens to make pretty good music? Vegan for over 29 years, he has fought the animal rights cause even longer. Last year he combined his two passions by creating a song called Don’t Leave Me, which was accompanied by actual footages of the daily cruelties animals have to endure. “I love making music, I love writing books, but personally there’s nothing more important to me than working on the cause of animal rights”
Moby personally runs his own vegan bistro Little Pine in Los Angeles, which was opened in 2015 and boasts of excellent reviews.
But it doesn’t stop there. Together with others he’s promoting the vegan and animal cruelty-free lifestyle at a festival; the Circle V Festival in L.A. (circlev.com), which is the first-ever music festival completely dedicated to celebrating animal life.