We’ve seen Daryl Hannah involved in so many key environmental issues. Just over the past year she was active with lending support to a group of tree sitters that were trying to protect an Arcadia wildlife habitat in California, and we also reported that she was arrested during the Keystone XL Pipeline protest back in August.

Most recently, the Splash star spent a week in the Maldives, along with Edward Norton and Richard Branson, participating in an eco-symposium that focused on climate change and the future of the island nations. Called the SLOW LIFE Symposium, attendees explored the challenges that face the travel and tourism industry, including low-carbon infrastructure, transportation, resort management and threatened biodiversity.

Hannah has been speaking out on ocean issues for a number of years now, and this Ecorazzi writer had the pleasure of meeting her at the Dolphins and Whales 3D premier event in Boston a few years back. So we found her story to be interesting in the recent article by Jon Bowermaster about how she became so passionate about the ocean, growing up in Chicago.

“We are in real trouble if we don’t start living more ethically and mindfully and employing all of the solutions we have available to us,” she told Bowermaster.

“I think the ocean has a particular challenge. Less than one percent of people have spent any time under it, so they look at it from the beach, from the shore, and it looks just fine. But it’s not fine. Once people understand the interdependence of all life on this earth, that we are all interconnected — that when we fix the problem with our energy consumption and dependence on fossil fuels — we would also fix some of the serious issues facing the oceans.”

Read the entire article over on the SLOW LIFE Symposium’s website.

Via: National Geographic

About Kara DiCamillo

Kara began her writing career with TreeHugger.com in January 2005 and is also a contributing writer for TriplePundit, 1-800-RECYCLING.com, Sierra Club Green Home, EcoSalon and her local Newport Patch. Beyond the moat that surrounds her Newport, Rhode Island home, Kara has backpacked Mt. Washington in New Hampshire too many times to count, is a member of the Appalachian Mountain Club, a graduate of the Colorado Outward Bound School and, in real life, she is a public relations director.

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