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6 Iconic Performances by Superstar Climate Change Activists

Singer-songwriter Björk performs. Photo: musictour.eu
Singer-songwriter Björk performs. Photo: musictour.eu

It’s thanks to their unique personalities and performances that actors and musicians are able to inspire millions in ways that no climate activist or politician can match.

But how are they able to do this? Here’s a reminder of some of the iconic performances that make these artists household names and allow them to encourage climate action around the world.

1. Leonardo DiCaprio

Hailed as “one of the world’s top climate change champions,” Oscar-award winning actor Leonardo DiCaprio’s environmental activism dates back to the early 1990s where he began schooling himself on oceans and climate change.

Here he is playing Jack in the epic movie spectacle Titanic back in 1997.

2. Emma Watson

Harry Potter star Emma Watson is a strong advocate for sustainable fashion. She has collaborated with the Green Carpet Challenge, a campaign that raises the profile of sustainable and ethical fashion through high profile events.

Aside from being an environmental champion, UN Women Goodwill Ambassador Watson is also a proud supporter of feminism. In this hilarious clip you can watch her beatbox an equality rap.

3. Björk

Icelands’ Björk Guðmundsdóttir, the eclectic singer-songwriter, has increasingly involved herself with environmental issues during a career that now spans three decades. One of her more recent projects included new environmental teaching materials that she created in partnership with leading Nordic artists and scientists. The project has already been piloted in schools around the world.

Björk is well known for her quirky and unusual performances such as this video for Hyperballad, receiving praise from music critics and a cover performances by singers including Swedish superstar Robyn.

4. Pharrell Williams

Pharrell Williams, the Grammy-award winning musician, called on world leaders at last year’s COP21 climate change summit to provide millions of green jobs around the world in order to tackle climate change – and help create opportunities for young people in the process.

“Climate change is one of the most defining issues of our time, one that threatens our very existence on Earth,” Williams said in his message to world leaders.

One of Williams’ biggest professional successes was his hit single Happy which was the most successful song of 2014, selling over 13.9 million times worldwide.

5. Arnold Schwarzenegger

Austria-born Arnold Schwarzenegger is on a crusade for a clean energy future and during the COP21 climate summit Schwarzenegger published a Facebook blog informing the public he doesn’t give a **** about whether they agree with him on climate change.

He’s done it all, Mr. Universe, climate change activist, Governor of California and movie star. But perhaps above all, Arnie is known for his memorable one liners. Check out this compilation of his  famous “I’ll be back” performance.

6. Emma Thompson

In recent years, Emma Thompson – the actor who played Nanny McPhee – has become a strong Arctic activist.

Among visits to the Arctic and several climate action marches she participated in, Thompson also teamed up with a giant polar bear in a bid to put a spotlight on Arctic drilling.

If you’ve never seen the original Nanny McPhee film, here’s a summary in seven minutes.

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