Leonardo DiCaprio Donates $1 Million to Tiger Conservation, Sheryl Crow Auctions Her Solar-Powered Home, and More
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Leonardo DiCaprio is serious about saving tigers: He'd already partnered with the World Wildlife Fund for its Save Tigers Now campaign, and this week he donated $1 million to the campaign through his self-named fund. "Illegal poaching of tigers for their parts and massive habitat loss due to palm oil, timber and paper production are driving this species to extinction," said the actor in a statement. 'If we don't take action now, one of the most iconic animals on our planet could be gone in just a few decades. By saving tigers, we can also protect some of our last remaining ancient forests and improve the lives of indigenous communities."
Sheryl Crow Auctions her Solar-Powered HomePhoto: Comas Montgomery Realty
Singer, musician, and green mom Sheryl Crow put her 150-acre Tennessee property on the market this week, but she didn't go the realtor route: She auctioned the farm online. The five-bedroom, 10,000-square-foot home includes a six-car garage, nanny quarters, a three-bedroom guest house, music studio, and a salt water pool -- but while it's not exactly minimalist, the house -- known as Cross Creek Farm -- also bills itself as a "fully functional 'solar farm' generating over 40% reduction in electric costs." (Via CNN)
Matt Damon, Ben Affleck, and Others Work to End HungerVideo: YouTube
If you're still full from yesterday's Thanksgiving meal, then this is the perfect time to turn your attention to the 49 million Americans who don't have enough to eat. In these celebrity videos for the nonprofit Feeding America, Matt Damon, Ben Affleck, Taye Diggs, and Ana Ortiz tell the true stories of Americans dealing with hunger; watch them all at Feeding America. (Via Mother Nature Network)
Helena Christensen on the Economic Impacts of Climate ChangePhoto: Rubenstein/Creative Commons
Climate change isn't a problem that discriminates by wealth -- as supermodel Helena Christensen points out when talking about a recent trip to southern Nepal on The Huffington Post. "I met several women who told me their personal stories, shared with me the fear they have over the way they live their lives now constantly waiting for flooding and not knowing how to react when it happens." In the Nawalaparasi district where Christensen stayed, farmers have been at the mercy of cold spells, droughts, and floods; the supermodel is trying to "highlight the effect of global warming on poor and rural communities."