Ted Danson's Surprising New Role, Edward Norton's Big Goal, and More


Photo via Oceana

Actor Ted Danson, who recently joined Morgan Freeman and Oceana to support the organization's study of oil plumes in the Gulf of Mexico, has signed on for another project: playing against type as an unsympathetic oil baron in "Everybody Loves Whales." The film, which also stars John Krasinski and Drew Barrymore, tells the true story of three whales stuck under the ice of the Arctic Circle and the reporter (Krasinski) and Greenpeace volunteer (Barrymore) who led the effort to rescue them; it's based on the book Freeing the Whales: How the Media Created the World's Greatest Non-Event, by Tom Rose. (Via Yahoo! News)

Alec Baldwin's

Video via YouTube Alec Baldwin -- who was announced last week as the emcee of PETA's upcoming 30th anniversary gala -- has spoken out before to bring attention to the United States Tennis Association's environmental efforts, and in a set of new public service announcements, he mentions the U.S. Open's newest green initiatives: recycling 20,000 tennis ball cans and reusing 60,000 balls, composting at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center, and offsetting the energy used by the center with certificates for renewable energy. (Via Ecorazzi)

Edward Norton's Big Goal

Photo via Mother Nature Network

Last year, actor Edward Norton ran the New York City marathon to help raise money for the Maasai Wilderness Conservation Trust, and he brought in more than $1.2 million for the cause. The effort inspired him to start fundraising site Crowdrise, which lets supporters join teams to raise money for their favorite causes -- and this year, he plans to set the bar even higher when laces up and takes to the street as part of the New York Road Runners team: His goal is to bring in $26 million -- that's $1 million per mile. "When you're going up First Avenue toward mile 20 and your hip flexor starts giving out on you like mine did," he says on Mother Nature Network, "you're going to need something other than personal motivation to get you going. And running for a team and knowing you're being a part of this is gonna do it."

Paul Watson's Activism Roots

Photo via Animal Planet Paul Watson, the head of the Sea Shepherd organization, has devoted his life to stopping whale hunts --but his passion for saving animals isn't a new one, as Vegetarian Star reports. As a child, he says he would swim in a pond with beavers -- only to find out the next summer that the beavers had all been trapped over the winter. "That winter, I began to walk the trap lines and free animals from the traps and destroy the traps," he says, "so that was really my first venture into activism." See more about Sea Shepherd on "Whale Wars."

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