Ellen Page Gets Down and Dirty, Michelle Obama Hits the Street, and More


Photo via Hollywood Today

This weekend, actress Ellen Page returns to movie theaters in the Drew Barrymore-directed roller derby film Whip It--and she returns to the spotlight with a decidedly non-L.A. perspective: Page tells USA Today that, after the sudden fame that followed her Oscar-nominated role in Juno, she realized she needed to take some time away from the Hollywood scene. " 'I went to Oregon to study permaculture and lived in an eco-village for a month outside Eugene. It's called Lost Valley. It was amazing and exactly what I needed, because there had been the Juno thing, where you're getting a lot of attention,' Page says. 'You're learning how to live in a holistic way with the cycles of the Earth. At one point I was digging goat (manure) and putting it into a wheelbarrow, and while shoveling it, I just went, "Oh, my God, this is exactly what I want to be doing right now."' " (Via USA Today)

Musicians Join Forces for Climate Change

Recently Roberta wrote about what she called "the new, green 'We Are the World'": a celeb-heavy cover of the 1987 Midnight OIl song "Beds Are Burning." The video, which includes tracks from Duran Duran, The Scorpions, Marion Cotillard, and other singers from all over the world, was released yesterday; view it above, then download it for free from Time for Climate Change or via iTunes.

Wyclef Jean Boots Up

Photo via Cleveland Scene

New England footwear brand The Timberland Co. will join forces with former member of The Fugees Wyclef Jean to release a line of eco-friendly boots as part of the company's Earthkeepers line. In addition to the 16 different kinds of boots that will show up as part of the line, sales from organic tees at Jean's concerts and of tees designed by youth in the musician's native Haiti will go toward Jean's Yele Haiti foundation, which supports reforestation of the country. (Via Huffington Post)

Michelle Obama Gardens on Sesame Street

The first lady dropped by Sesame Street again this week, this time to talk about the benefits of eating local. Fresh from the harvest of the White House Garden, she spoke to Elmo, Big Bird, and the Sesame Street kids about growing their own vegetables, helped them plant some seeds, and reminded them that even vegetables can taste delicious when you grow them yourself. (Whether or not kids will be more likely to eat their greens just because they're local remains to be seen.) (Via Green Muze)

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