Vegan actor Sage Ryan (age 11) who recently appeared as Elisabeth Shue’s son in the bloody summer flick, “Piranha 3D”, was impressed with ecological awareness at this year’s Variety Magazine Power of Youth event.
Just back from Canada, where he was filming Spooky Buddies (the latest installment of the Disney puppy movies), Sage attended the festival yesterday where several youth were honored for their activism and philanthropy. “There’s organic food and the composting and recycling bins are easier to find than the ‘landfill’ trash can,” the singer/actor said.
Sage, an activist himself (he works with Ocean Revolution, contributed to the anti-farm animal cruelty bill, and even had an article published in the journal Critical Education about combatting anthropocentrism), is excited to promote National Go Vegan Week. “Most people on set think I am weird for eating so many vegetables, but sometimes I’m not the only one.”
Sage starred in Les Mis at the Hollywood Bowl with fellow vegan Lea Michelle. “I’m vegan because it is better for the environment and I encourage everyone to eat at least one non-animal meal every single week, it will make a difference in climate change and can even save wild mustangs (he says he will explain that later).”
The Variety Magazine Power of Youth 2010 was in Hollywood on Sunday. Justin Beiber, Bow Wow, David Henrie, Victoria Justice, and Shailene Woodley were honored. While each celebrity’s charity was worthwhile, Sage was particularly impressed with Shailene’s All it Takes (a charity she launched yesterday with her mom combining anti-bullying and environmentalism).