Posts Tagged ‘Global Green’

Ben Affleck: Batman AND a Real Life Hero (plus other charitable Batmen)

batsignalThe news today about Ben Affleck being cast as Batman in the new film with that hero and Superman certainly has the interwebs in a tizzy. The new Dark Knight seems to eclipse all other news, cuz, really, nothing else is really going on in the world, right?

Well, regardless of the roles he plays, Ben is a true hero in his civilian life. Because his voice has the amplification of his career status, he is our nation’s number one shouter to the rooftops about the atrocities occurring every day in the  Democratic Republic of the Congo. His huge efforts on behalf of the Eastern Congo Initiative help the organization in their efforts to increase international investment, boost awareness of the war-torn region’s immense challenges, and affect changes in governmental policy on behalf of the African nation. In addition, Affleck smoothly moves into philanthropist roles with many other charities, quick to lend his name, clout, and direct effort to an array of causes here and abroad.

Let’s have a gander at the charitable work of others who have portrayed the Caped Crusader…

Adam West gave us the super-campy version of Batman that set the bar (either nosebleed high or subterranean low, depending on your preferences). He has, through the years, given his support to numerous charities, lending his name and talents to events, and occasional memorabilia to auctions to raise bucks for causes.

Michael Keaton also shows up at events as a celeb to raise the profile and raise funds for various causes. He has given particular weight to charities devoted to education opportunities and kids pursuing academic excellence.

Val Kilmer has spent many years in the philanthropic world, and directly supported, among others: First Star, shining a light on child abuse and neglect; Global Green, working toward green buildings and cities, food and water scarcity issues, and eco-causes; LIFEbeat, which is a music industry charity focused on youth and HIV/AIDS prevention; V-Day and its global work to halt violence against women and girls.

George Clooney is kind of the Grand Poobah of charitable famous folks, often putting more energy toward making the world a better place than he does toward movie-making. His Not on Our Watch charity—founded with Brad Pitt, Matt Damon, Don Cheadle, Jerry Weintraub, and David Pressman—works to end mass atrocities around the world. It is because of Clooney that many first heard of Darfur and Sudan and their outrageous situations. Clooney is also involved with dozens of other charities and philanthropic pursuits, and is well known for dropping giant chunks of change for causes and people he believes in, as well as the occasional stranger in need.

Christian Bale has a terrific focus on global ecology and animals, with his support of Greenpeace, Sea Shepherd Conservation Society, WWF/World Wildlife Fund, and others.

 

Gulf Oil Spill Options for Helping

OK–mobilizing to do something to help this situation is SO important, and there are ways to support cleanup efforts from near and far. You needn’t book a flight or slip on waders to move the effort forward–and, of course, if you can–brilliant! This is going to take a long time and a lot of financial support to make a dent in the effects of what is becoming our nation’s worst environmental disaster. Luckily, we can be comforted by super-wise rocket scientist, Rush Limbaugh, when he tells us this oil spill is as natural as ocean water, and nothing to worry about. Comforting, right? As he so often is…(I sure hope the sarcasm is evident)

IF YOU ARE IN THE REGION:

Call (toll-free) to report if you come across animals affected by the oil: 1-866-557-1401.

Audubon Action Center (anticipates needing volunteers for next 12 weeks). Will facilitate finding appropriate tasks based on experience and expertise. You can’t just go out with a bucket and sponge to try and clean up animals.

Deepwater Horizon Response latest news and volunteer response options.

Environmental Protection Agency response to the BP oil spill.

Global Green spill volunteers in the Gulf.

Oil Spill Volunteers Cleanup in Mississippi, Louisiana, and Alabama.

Oiled Wildlife Care Network Louisiana Oils Spill outreach.

Sierra Club Disaster Relief volunteers for the Gulf.

Suncoast Seabird Sanctuary is ready to take in birds in crisis, but needs donations and support to help the avian hospital keep up with the need.

Tri-State Bird Rescue and Research spill response.

IN ALABAMA:

Alabama Governor Oil Spill response.

Mobile Baykeeper needs support.

Mobile Bay National Estuary Program Gulf spill information.

IN LOUISIANA:

Coalition to Restore Coastal Louisiana oil spill recovery volunteer sign up.

Greater New Orleans Foundation Disaster in the Gulf Fund welcomes your donations.

Volunteer Louisiana volunteer response from the state.

IN MISSISSIPPI:

Biloxi, Mississippi Volunteers for coastal cleanup.

Pascagoula River Audubon Center will train volunteers to wash oiled birds.

There are other ways to support no matter where or who you are. This is a dire injury our planet is suffering–we can help.