Ellen Talks Turkey, Comedians Fight Malaria, and More


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Comedian -- and vegan -- Ellen DeGeneres is the face of Farm Sanctuary's annual Adopt-a-Turkey Project, which encourages supporters to rescue a turkey this Thanksgiving (instead of roasting one). Find out how you can join the cause -- without sacrificing a delicious meal.A $30 donation allows you to save one of the Sanctuary's feathered friends -- and DeGeneres hopes you won't stop there: "Save a life this Thanksgiving and join me in starting a new tradition by adopting a turkey instead of eating one," she says. Farm Sanctuary reports that more than 46 million turkeys are raised for Thanksgiving meals each year; for a more sustainable, cruelty-free meal, try Ellen's recipe for Celebration Loaf with grilled vegetables. (Via Planet Green)

Natalie Portman's Recycling Rock

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Before she was designing her own line of vegan footwear, tasting vegetarian entrees on "Top Chef," and judging sustainable fashion on "Project Runway," Natalie Portman was an 11-year-old with a prime spot singing backup in this song from the World Patrol Kids. At the Environmental Media Awards, organizers showed off Portman's moves with a special presentation of the c. 1992 video, where she provides vocals on the chorus: "Recycle it, renew it, reuse it, redo it, If we can reuse it, why should we lose it? Show you care." (But the video isn't news to longtime TreeHugger readers: We posted about it in 2007.) (Via Ecorazzi)

Malaria No More Fights Disease with Funny Business

Video: Comedy Fights Malaria on YouTube

Funny men and women from the television, film, and music industries have joined together for Comedy No More, a series of PSAs that support Malaria No More in its efforts to end deaths from the disease in Africa by 2015. The organization hopes that by enlisting celebrities including Orlando Bloom, Aziz Ansari, Scott Wolf, Ed Helms, Ted Danson, B.J. Novak, Elizabeth Banks, and Lisa Edelstein (among many others) for character sketches and viral videos, they can "keep malaria in the conversation." Says Banks, "The great thing about using comedy is that we're able to entertain and surprise people while showing them how they can fight against malaria. Since malaria is not a problem in the U.S., it's easy to forget about it. But by keeping malaria in the spotlight, we can make malaria no more."

David Arquette Fights Big Oil

Video: YouTube

Actor David Arquette shows off his semi-serious side in an online video that urges California voters to say no to Proposition 23, a November ballot initiative that would suspend the state's Global Warming Act of 2006. The Global Warming Act, also known as Assembly Bill 32, required the state to implement a framework for reducing greenhouse gas emissions to the level they were in 1990 by the year 2020; the proposition would "freeze all provisions of AB 32 until California's unemployment rate drops below 5.5% for four consecutive quarters." But Arquette isn't the only star coming out against the measure: James Cameron and Robert Redford are also reportedly donating to the cause, according to LA Weekly. (Via The Huffington Post)

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