Originally posted on the Huffington Post by EMA Young Hollywood Board Member, Emily VanCamp
I have always loved animals. Growing up in a rural area near Ontario, Canada, I learned to appreciate and respect the wildlife around me. My sisters and I would play outside for hours, just exploring and witnessing the wonders of the natural world.
Today, on this World Environment Day, a day that celebrates all the courageous and positive environmental actions taking place around the world, I stop to reflect on what being an environmentalist means to me.
Now that I’m older, I know that the world’s most iconic and beloved species and beautiful, awe-inspiring places are in jeopardy.
And I am using that knowledge and understanding to fight to see change on a more global level.
I recently became involved with World Wildlife Fund — an organization that fights for what I love and believe in and one that I’ve been excited to work with for a while now. Earlier this year I helped launch the “Hands Off My Parts” initiative — an effort tied to WWF’s Stop Wildlife Crime campaign to raise awareness and mobilize support to end the illegal trade of wildlife. Continue reading →
Earth Day comes once a year. It’s a day when Prius drivers barrel down the street in an imaginary parade thrown just for them and we’re reminded to recycle our Diet Coke cans. There are so many ways to be green that in reality, we should be celebrating Earth Day every day.
The following is a list of honestly easy things we can all do on Earth Day and everyday:
1. Unplug electronics that you don’t use everyday – and even some you do, like hair dryers. Even though they aren’t in use, electronics still use up energy if they’re plugged in.
2. All those reusable bags you’ve been collecting – spread them out! Keep some in your car. Give a few to your neighbors. Have some at work.
3. Make a pledge to cut down on (or quit altogether) buying bottles of water. Get a reusable bottle! Being seen with one is all the rage. Continue reading →
EMA Young Hollywood Board Member and host of HGTV’s Carter Can and Red, Hot & Green, Carter Oosterhouse has dedicated his life to making home design more sustainable.
In an interview with Greening of the Great Lakes, Carter, who has been building and designing since he was thirteen years old, explained why he is so passionate about combining design and sustainability.
“My philosophy is that as builders, as designers, as artists, it is our moral responsibility to present these green, eco-friendly, efficient options that are out there.” Continue reading →