Actress Daryl Hannah gives Ecorazzi the scoop on fossil fuels and veganism at the Environmental Media Awards
by Megan Thompson
Categories: Causes, Eats, Environment, Vegan
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Last Saturday, Hollywood’s greenest stars gathered together at the Warner Bros. lot in Burbank, California, for the 23rd annual Environmental Media Awards. Stars in attendance included Matt Damon, named Ongoing Commitment Honoree, and Hayden Panettiere, who took home the Futures Award.

Ken Spector for Ecorazzi and HappyCow was on scene to catch some of your favorite green celebrities including actress and environmentalist Daryl Hannah.

Hannah spoke out about one of the causes near and dear to her heart when we asked her for the latest news on the Keystone KL Pipeline. She explained that oil is currently being transported from Canada by boat and train and that accidents, like the train derailment that happened only the night before the awards, can be disastrous for the environment.

Hannah said “[w]e just basically need to get off fossil fuels… We now know how to create energy and power and fuel other ways and that’s what we need to start doing because we’re killing ourselves and every other living thing.”

Hannah explained that she chose a vegan lifestyle as another way to help the environment and slow the progression of climate change. In addition to the inhumane treatment that animals receive in factory farms, Hannah pointed out that the farms are also “producing massive amounts of pollution and methane… which is a more potent greenhouse gas than carbon.”

Hannah believe that switching to a vegan or vegetarian diet is a simple and straightforward way that every person can lower his or her personal impact on the environment.

Check out her full interview.

About Megan Thompson

Megan is a healthy living and natural beauty advocate who is obsessed with sustainable gardening, food politics, human rights and animal protection. An L.A. native, she loves staying on top of the latest pop culture news and green lifestyle trends. When she is not writing, she loves going to the beach, hula hooping and working on upcycling projects.

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  • Jim Corcoran

    Daryl Hannah will be presenting at VegMichigan’s VegFest in April 2014!

  • VoiceofReason613

    Kudos to Daryl Hannah. Her message on the impact of animal-based agriculture on climate change is very important. According to a 2006 UN Food and Agriculture report, “Livestock’s Long Shadow,” animal-based agriculture emits more greenhouse gases (in CO2 equivalents) than is emitted by all the cars, planes, ships, and all other means of transportation worldwide combined. A 2009 report in Worldwatch Magazine, “Livestock and Climate Change,” by two environmentalists associated with the World Bank, argued that the livestock sector is responsible for at least 51% of all human-induced greenhouse gases. One major reason is that methane emitted from animals is at least 72 times as potent as CO2 in the 20 years that methane remains in the atmosphere.

    Shifting to plant-based diets is a very important step in efforts to avert the climate catastrophe that 97% of climate experts and science academies are warning i=us about.