There are a few key Hollywood players who really seem to give a damn about transforming their high profile status into something that will genuinely benefit the world.
George Clooney is one of them …remember when he masterminded January’s “Hope For Haiti Now: A Global Benefit For Earthquake Relief” that — along with his personal $1 million contribution — ended up raking in over $58 million for relief organizations like the Red Cross, Wyclef Jean’s Yele Haiti Foundation, The Clinton Bush Haiti Fund, United Nations World Food Program Oxfam America and Partners in Health?
Clooney’s fellow Ocean’s Eleven (Twelve & Thirteen) cast member Don Cheadle is certainly a kindred spirit in terms of working on behalf of human rights issues — in fact, they’re both founders (along with David Pressman, Jerry Weintraub, Matt Damon and Brad Pitt) of the charitable group Not On Our Watch which offers much-needed humanitarian assistance to global regions such as Darfur and Myanmar/Burma that continue to be gripped with violent suppression.
Cheadle’s do-gooder presence extends not only through his backing of the Global Conservation Act but now through his fresh new appointment as the United Nations’ goodwill ambassador on behalf of their environmental program.
After traveling this past weekend to Rwanda’s capital Kigali, Cheadle had the privilege of attending the United Nations Environmental Program’s (UNEP) World Environment Day which celebrates the incredible diversity of life on our planet.
He even got to participate in a traditional Kwita Izina baby gorilla naming ceremony in which ‘Zoya’ (translation: light or life) ended up being the favored name bestowed upon one of the newest primate residents.
Cheadle’s new role entails spreading the good green word to people all over the world and working not only to conserve precious ecosystems but more importantly to combat the detrimental effects of climate change — way to go, Don!