Remember when Kanye West explained his new diamond-teeth to Ellen DeGeneres by saying, “There’s just certain stuff that rock stars are supposed to do, you know?” Well, Jason Mraz has a different take on the definition: “To be able to investigate what the world is up to, to help a number of charities, to have the time, energy and funds to live on a solar-powered avocado farm and cultivate food, do my part to live sustainably and hopefully one day inspire others to do the same. That, to me, is a rock star!”
Since Ecorazzi last reported that Mraz is better in bed as a result of his vegan diet, the energetic musician and activist has been taking advantage of his status to offset the environmental costs of stardom, such as air travel. In an interview with New Straits Times’ Bibi Nurshuda Ramli, Mraz gave examples of the way he’s funneling his “time, energy and funds” into ever-growing green projects like planting trees. Having been particularly affected by time he spent in Antarctica, Mraz has made environmental living, along with art, one of his primary concerns.
It’s refreshing to see stars use their privilege and resources to help out on local and global scales. Vegetarians and vegans are often accused of elitism, or pushing their views on the uninterested. But Mraz claims, “I’ve never forced my messages on anyone. Instead, I make an offer.”
So we can’t all move to solar-powered avocado farms, but maybe we can be rock stars, embracing art, activism, and small choices throughout our own journeys to investigate the world. To begin, check out this list of ways to offset your own carbon footprint. What platform can you use to make an offer?
Photo credit: s_bukley / Shutterstock.com