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15 Green Actors

Photo: Steve Granitz / WireImage Leonardo DiCaprio Once "king of the world," this star often flies commercially and drives himself around in a hybrid Toyota Prius. In 1998, he started the Leonardo DiCaprio Foundation to promote environmental causes. More recently, he's been working on 11th Hour, an environmental documentary featuring interviews with global green leaders.   Photo: Alex Berliner / Berliner Studio Cameron Diaz This bombshell ain't trippin' (though that was the name of her eco-themed MTV show). The avid surfer drives a hybrid car, got trained to give Al Gore's climate presentation, and helped make the big announcement about …

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15 Green Sports Stars

Check out our roster of green sports stars, then pitch your own suggestions in the comments section at the bottom of the page. Photo: Imaginechina / WireImage Yao Ming At seven and a half feet tall, NBA star Ming isn't afraid to stand up for endangered species. He's spoken out against the hunting of sharks for their fins, a delicacy in his native China, and has denounced illegal animal poaching in a public service announcement for eco-group WildAid.   Photo: FotoSports / WireImage David "Calamity" James He earned his nickname with some high-profile errors, but this English Premier League footballer …

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Start with CFLs, and let the lightbulb go on

Today's post on how gloom and doom messaging backfires -- on Katya Andresen's excellent nonprofit marketing blog -- backs up David Roberts' posts on fear-based messaging being bad for green issues here and here. It's more important to empower people than scare them, Andresen says. Grist keeps a good balance in this regard. I think she's right on the money: Go negative with caution. You must give people the feeling that they have the power to help, not the feeling they are helpless or that your issue is intractable .... If you scare with scale, you'll lose. If you empower …

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From Coke to Cockpit

Don't let the Gore hit you on the way out Dear Al, did you think we wouldn't hear about how you slammed Grist List at your little book signing? Did you think your comments about the "trivialities and nonsense" of celeb goss in the media wouldn't hurt us? We take back everything nice we ever said about you -- you hooker-bottom coke-snorter. Photo: Amy Tierney / WireImage.com We get around Scootin' by solar power is sun-sational, and veggie oil's the way to go if you've got a hankerin' for a Hummer. But to be honest, for a really good ride, …

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Blue lanes, cage locks, and cyclibraries

Separate bikeways are the lead actors in bike-friendly cities, but many supporting actors complete the cast: bikes on transit facilities, good traffic law enforcement, even bike "lifts" on steep hills. Three more worth mentioning are blue lanes, parking cages, and cyclibraries. Blue lanes. (Photo courtesy of Jayson Antonoff, International Sustainable Solutions.) My youngest son often bikes to drama rehearsals. It's about three miles from our home in Seattle, mostly on traffic-calmed neighborhood streets and a bike trail -- pretty good bikeways, overall. The only parts I worry about are the intersections where he has to cross especially busy streets, like …

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Looks like the plug-in might actually happen

General Motors is apparently serious about introducing a plug-in hybrid electric vehicle, which I have repeatedly argued is the car of the future (PDF). The race is now on between Toyota and GM as to who will be the first to introduce this game-changing vehicle. The Chevy Volt is to be the "legacy" of Robert Lutz, GM's vice chair of product development, according to Business Week's "Auto Beat" column. The Volt will go about 40 miles on an electric charge before reverting to being a regular gasoline-powered hybrid. Given that the vast majority of drives are under 20 miles round …

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So Long, San Pellegrino

Restaurants, schools tap into local water supplies You've heard of eating locally, but the latest fad may be drinking locally. Some restaurants and schools are starting to serve filtered tap water instead of bottled water, citing the eco-impacts of packaging and shipping a product that's already available right thar in the kitchen. But it seems that pushing pints of Perrier is such a moneymaker that only some restaurants, mostly snooty ones, can afford to quit; cutting-edgers include Alice Waters' Chez Panisse in Berkeley, Calif., and Mario Batali's Del Posto in New York. "Serving tap water is a great idea that …

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Can a bag of potato chips point the way to saving the planet?

Peter Madden, chief executive of Forum for the Future, writes a monthly column for Gristmill on sustainability in the U.K. and Europe. Can a bag of potato chips point the way to saving the planet? In the U.K., we have started down the path of putting "carbon labels" on products. Tesco, our biggest supermarket chain, has said they will label every product they sell. The Carbon Trust, a government agency, has already produced a prototype label and is trying it out on shampoo, a fruit juice, and a bag of potato chips. Clearly we do need to measure and manage …

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The Girls of Grist do Sasquatch

A group of Grist hotties ladies just returned from the Sasquatch Music Festival at the Gorge in George, Wash., where we spent two days volunteering at the TRASHed Recycling Store, sponsored by Global Inheritance, a hip nonprofit based in California that combines creativity, youthful enthusiasm, and activism into unique, progressive-minded projects. They travel around and do activisty things at different events that the yoot flock to, like Coachella, the X Games, and Sasquatch. We heart Global Inheritance big time. The TRASHed Recycling Store is a place where concertgoers can turn in recyclable cans and bottles in exchange for points. They …

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And start a green tour

Live Earth organizers announced today that Linkin Park will headline the Tokyo show. They also announced that Japan will be the only country to have two events -- one in surburban Tokyo (the mainstage featuring Linkin Park) and one at a Buddhist temple in Kyoto (and I think you get the connection there). The Kyoto temple event will feature the Yellow Magic Orchestra, an electropop outfit starring Ryuichi Sakamoto, who wrote the score for the 1992 Barcelona Olympics and collaborated on movies including The Last Emperor. Also playing the Tokyo stage are three top-selling female Japanese artists, Ai Otsuka, Cocco, …

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