Julia Roberts and Amy Smart are more than actresses and pretty women. They are eco-enthusiasts dedicated to protecting the planet. Last week, the two ladies were honored for their environmental activism in Santa Monica, Calif.
While in attendance at Heal the Bay’s annual Bring Back the Beach gala, the two women, along with Roberts’ husband Danny Moder, were recognized for their eco-work.
Roberts and Moder have long been supporters of the planet; they even took her Oscar-winning role as Erin Brockovich literally by fighting for local waters and joining forces with Heal the Bay. For those who don’t know, Brockovich fought for drinking water to be free of chromium.
The married duo also fight for a clean environment for their children. In 2010, Roberts spoke out on World Pneumonia Day and said, “Pneumonia kills about 1.4 million young children annually, 99 percent of whom die in developing countries. That’s one child dying every 20 seconds. I was inspired to join the Global Alliance for Clean Cookstoves because its core mission is saving lives – especially children’s lives.”
As for Smart, she is a longtime board member of Heal the Bay. She opened up to Los Angeles Confidential about the recognition and how she first began helping the environment, “I’m extremely grateful and honored. I highly respect and love Heal the Bay; their work is so effective, far-reaching and impactful on the ocean. Growing up in Topanga Canyon [in California], being in the mountains and surrounded by nature inspired me.
“My parents always loved nature, and that inspired my brother and me. Growing up I was always aware of the environment [through] beach clean-ups, hikes and bike rides in the canyon. Right out of high school I wanted to get involved and saw Heal the Bay posters around. That was my first venture into environmental work when I was 18.”
Smart promotes a healthy environment through A Day Without a Bag and Coastal Cleanup Day. She also gets a lot of support from husband/green carpenter Carter Oosterhouse, who is a lover of the environment. The two live in a green home and do whatever possible to remain eco-friendly.
Other celebs and supporters of the planet attended the event as well including Peter Fonda and Julia Louis-Dreyfus, where they helped raise funds for the protection of marine animals in Santa Monica Bay.
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