Let’s face it: actors don’t have to do doo-doo. I mean, they have to pose and supply our pop-culture-hungry minds with enough visual fodder & personal drama to destroy small forests for Hollywood rags, and they act on occasion — but there’s no contractual agreement that requires them to also be socially-conscious citizens who will use their powers for good and not evil.
So whenever I hear of one of these pedestaled beings actually speaking out, or better yet, acting for the greater good (a good that extends beyond their own world, at least), I take note. I mean, imagine if glamour puss Paris Hilton used a tiny fraction of her celebrity exposure and financial resources to extend just a glance beyond her own mirror?
I think fondly now of Pamela Anderson on her anti-fur campaign via PETA … and yes, gasp, Angelina Jolie (click here for a brief list of her efforts) – I don’t have time to research it, but I understand she contributes some large percentage of her already rotund paycheck to assorted charities (at least, significantly more than most of the wealthy elite), etc. And then there’s Bono and a whole slew of others …
The point? Last night I caught ETown on the radio. They awarded Daryl Hannah their weekly E-chievement award, especially for her promotion of bio-diesel fuel. She spoke briefly but articulately about the benefits of the fuel, emphasizing the fact that this isn’t a future solution but that the capabilities exist right now. She explained that using this fuel emits the same dose of carbon dioxide as required to sustain the same amount of plants required to make the grease that runs the car. Whew. That’s a bad sentence, but it’s basically a tit-for-tat kind of equal expenditure vs. our own fossil fuel use that is just destroying the environment. Here, let Daryl explain.
When asked who she would like an audience with, Hannah said that she would simply like to speak to everyone, so that we would know how to get access to this fuel. She drives an old El Camino on this diesel fuel – information can be found at Grassolean.com.
Anyway, I’ve really got to run, but I just wanted to take note and make note. You go, Daryl!
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Amy King is the recipient of the 2015 Winner of the Women’s National Book Association (WNBA) Award. Her latest collection, The Missing Museum, is a winner of the 2015 Tarpaulin Sky Book Prize. She serves on the executive board of VIDA: Women in Literary Arts and is co-editing with Heidi Lynn Staples the anthology Big Energy Poets of the Anthropocene: When Ecopoets Think Climate Change. She also co-edited the anthology Bettering American Poetry 2015 and is a professor of creative writing at SUNY Nassau Community College.