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Leonardo DiCaprio -- who has his own environmental foundation, lends his voice to multiple documentaries, donates to the NRDC and other charities, and is developing his own eco-hotel in Belize -- has one more commitment to add to his already-full list: The actor has partnered with the World Wildlife Fund for Save Tigers Now, a campaign to document and protect the few wild tigers remaining in Asia. The goal: Raise $20 million and double the population of these animals between now and 2022 (the next Year of the Tiger). Fans can follow DiCaprio online at SaveTigersNow.org as he joins the WWF in Asia for a look at anti-poaching efforts, trafficking laws, and other ways the animals are threatened. "Key conservation efforts can save the tiger species from extinction, protect some of the planet's last wild habitats, and help sustain the local communities surrounding them," he said in a press release. "By protecting this iconic species, we can save so much more."
Get Smart with Rachelle Begley
If you've been keeping up with the Begleys on Planet Green's Living with Ed, then you know that Rachelle isn't always the driving force behind the family's environmental changes -- but that doesn't mean she's any less passionate about the cause. In an interview with Celebrity Baby Scoop, Ed's wife (and mother to the couple's 10-year-old daughter, Hayden) talks about how her husband got her on board at the beginning of their relationship by reminding her, "'Without the environment, there is nothing,'" and shares her number one tip for moms: Know what you're using. "Look around your house for the toxins," she says. "Look under your sinks and look what you are exposing yourself and your children too. Something like Fantastic or Tilex works instantaneously, but look at the downsides of those chemicals going into your water stream. You are breathing those chemicals and they are going onto your skin...Getting aware is the most important thing a mother can do." (Via Ecorazzi)
Cloris Leachman on Safe Sex (for Your Pet)
In her last ad for PETA, 82-year-old vegetarian actress Cloris Leachman flaunted her curves in a mermaid gown made entirely from purple and green cabbage alongside Alyssa Milano and Elizabeth Berkley in similarly leafy formalwear. But her most recent work for the organization is the video above, in which she encourages animal owners to get their pets spayed or neutered. While she attempts to open a condom package, she reminds pet owners that their furry friends can't use protection -- which results in as many as 8 million unwanted animals ending up in shelters each year. The full video is above, and you can see the outtakes at Vegetarian Star.
Jennifer Aniston's Not-So-Smart Water Habit
Jennifer Aniston's environmental efforts have ranged from promising to conserve water by taking three-minute showers that included brushing her teeth (which landed her a spot on our list of stupid celebrity quotes) to announcing plans for a $15 million home renovation that would include new solar panels and a drought-resistant garden. But this week the makers of the documentary Tapped, which highlights the underworld of the water industry, reached out to her with an 800 person-strong petition that calls for her to give up her gig as the face of Smart Water, claiming that "Jennifer alone may be responsible for about 1,314 bottles ending up in landfills every year." "Ms. Aniston, we'd love to se you lend your face to a cause that helps repair our dilapidated water infrastructure system," says part of the letter. "In about 15 years, two-thirds of the world will lack access to clean drinking water...Please consider endorsing the earth rather than Smart Water."