Jessica Alba Fights to Regulate Chemicals, Leonardo DiCaprio Supports Sean Penn, and More
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Along with being part of the upcoming green celebrity baby boom, Jessica Alba is also the celebrity spokeswoman for Safer Chemicals, Healthy Families -- and she took her anti-toxin message on the road this week when she joined Senator Frank Lautenberg (D-NJ) at media briefing in Washington, D.C. She was there to support an overhaul of the Toxic Substances Control Act, which regulates the government's control of chemicals. "Like many other moms out there, I try to buy safe products for my family, but that can't be the only solution," NPR quotes Alba as saying. "You can't hire a team of scientists to do your shopping for you. At some point the government has to step in and ensure that chemicals are safe before our children are exposed to them."
Leonardo DiCaprio Steps Up for Sean Penn© Reuters/CORBIS Photo: Reuters/CORBIS Sean Penn's Haiti Foundation got a big boost from the guests at the Cinema for Peace Fundraiser in Cannes, reports Ecorazzi, when fellow actor Leonardo DiCaprio took the stage to solicit donations.
DiCaprio started off the night with a 50,000 euro pledge to Penn's charity -- inspiring Harvey Weinstein and Vladamir Doronin to match it -- and then put a red carpet walk with him and Uma Thurman on the block. According to Ecorazzi, the end result was a total of 750,000 euros promised to the foundation's relief efforts.
Mark Zuckerberg Kills His Own FoodPhoto: Kim Kulish/Corbis
Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg hopped on the sustainable-meat train this year -- though he's taken it a step farther than those who only buy meat from local farmers: He says he is only eating meat that he kills himself. He started with a lobster, moved up to a chicken, and recently butchered his own pork -- with guidance from farmers and chefs in his Palo Alto, Calif., neighborhood.
"I think many people forget that a living being has to die for you to eat meat, so my goal revolves around not letting myself forget that and being thankful for what I have," Zuckerberg wrote in an email to Fortune. "I've basically become a vegetarian since the only meat I'm eating is from animals I've killed myself. So far, this has been a good experience. I'm eating a lot healthier foods and I've learned a lot about sustainable farming and raising of animals."
Sigourney Weaver on Climate Change DeniersPhoto: Kurt Krieger/Corbis
At its Women in Conservation luncheon, the National Audubon Society presented Sigourney Weaver with the Rachel Carson Award for her environmental work, which includes speaking out against the Belo Dam and and supporting clean energy.
Weaver also took inspiration from the "Silent Spring" author in her blog on The Huffington Post this week, where she compared climate change deniers to the people who refused to take action against DDT. "We learned from Carson that what we put into nature remains there and that we cannot allow our corporations and government to define what is safe for ourselves and our families. And yet we still can't persuade our lawmakers in Washington to limit dangerous carbon pollution that is poisoning our climate," she writes. "And it's time for citizens to put our vote on the line and say we will only support candidates who commit to addressing climate concerns -- and I mean candidates from all parties, because droughts and heat waves do not observe party lines."