We have reached the tipping point with the Anthropocene, an era defined as one in which human activities have significantly impacted Earth’s eco-systems.
While oil, gas and coal companies have poured money into denying climate change, others have been standard bearers for the environment for decades, using their platforms and power to educate, illuminate and activate change.
Al Gore, one-time presidential hopeful who won the popular vote but lost the 2000 election due to delegate votes, went on to produce an Academy Award-winning documentary, “An Inconvenient Truth” (2006), about global warming which became one of the top ten most successful documentaries in U.S. film history. Since then he has worked tirelessly as a global spokesperson for climate policy shift, renewable energy and international collaboration. His most recent TedTalks provides much positive news about tipping points occurring the accelerated global adoption of non-fossil fuel technologies.
What is most surprising are his findings about Third World countries, where many communities, especially rural ones which never had access to oil and gas-powered electricity are installing solar panels at a rate that blasts through goals and expectations.
This year, Leonardo diCaprio, a celebrity who has been extremely active in the climate change movement, used the opportunity during his Oscar acceptance speech to highlight the urgency of our global situation.
His foundation has donated $45 million to environmental causes, and he spoke this year on the environment at the Paris Climate Summit and the World Economic Forum at Davos. He has been a leader in the Divest from Fossil Fuels Movement as well.
What do you see as the tipping point with climate change? Do you find hope in these celebrity actions and initiatives promising? Have you personally done any actions to #KeepItIntheGround, a project initiated by UK Guardian?
Did you know that you can switch your electricity bill to green tech? (Green Mountain Energy and Ethical Electric are two of many to choose from, even if you have a ConEdison bill…Let us know when you make the switch…)