Recently just before you came to Fort McMurray my friend Tim Moen asked if I would be willing to speak to you if the opportunity arose. Tim asked me because he knows I am passionate about this community and the people in it, and that I could provide a perspective on life here that you might not expect to hear. In the end your production schedule precluded that meeting, and I am sorry, not because I needed to meet you, but because I think you needed to meet some residents in this region who could share some thoughts with you about life here. When Tim asked if I could meet with you I began to think about what I wanted to tell you, and since I didn't get to tell you in person I will do it in my blog - so here goes.
Welcome to Fort McMurray, Neil. This is not the place you think it is. Oh, sure, it is the home of the oil sands, and that is our major industry - but it is, as the ads say, so much more than oil. This community is home to thousands of people who live, work, and play here. And some of them, like me, love it. In fact some of us love it so much it feels more like home than anywhere else we have ever lived, and we work every single day to try to make it a better place - and that includes the industry.
I don't think the industry is perfect, Neil. I have that dialogue here a lot, actually, about how to make oil sands cleaner, how to reclaim the land and continue to provide the world with a desired and valuable resource while also trying to maintain our natural boreal forest and preserve the environment. It's a balancing act, Neil, and while it hasn't always been properly balanced in the past we are trying to get it better - because oil matters.
You know, Neil, if oil was replaced tomorrow by another energy source I would be okay with that. If it could make sure we could continue to connect all the remote parts of this nation, and others, get our goods and products to the people who need them, and enable us to continue our lives but in a greener way not reliant on fossil fuels? I'd be behind that 100% - but that isn't the reality right now. Our farms and factories and even our families currently rely on safe, reliable production of oil, which is why I think it is so important we make sure the oil sands industry does get the balance right, and provides a resource that while not perfect is better and creates less impact on the environment - because I care about the environment. In fact I would call myself an environmentalist.
An environmentalist, living in Fort McMurray? Yep. You see years ago I was a card-carrying member of Greenpeace. I also participated in the anti-nuclear rallies in the 80's - remember those, when we protested the cruise missile being tested in Canada? Neil, I care about the environment. I care about the people here, including all those who are First Nations and live in our rural communities. And I care about the community, because the community is the people, and I want to see what is best for them.
I don't know how much you know about Fort McMurray, Neil. I imagine you know a bit about the oil sands, and I understand you have long advocated for better conditions and treatment of First Nations peoples, and I respect that. What I don't know is if you understand that Fort McMurray is also a community of people - moms and dads, toddlers and babies, teens and grandparents. When we say we are more than oil sands we mean it. There is a difference between community and industry, and while the two are related and do connect it isn't all the same thing. I wish we could have talked about that, because I would have told you about my Fort McMurray.
And my Fort McMurray? It's an amazing place, Neil. It's not perfect, you know. It has some problems, and I, and many, many others, recognize them, and we are trying to work on them. But you see that's what you do with things you love. When the cedar chest my dad made for my mom years before they both died needed refinishing I didn't throw it out and buy a new one. I took that old cedar chest and had it restored, because I loved it. I saw the flaws and imperfections, and fixed them. And I will do it again, as often as I need to, because when you love something you want to make it better - and that's how I feel about Fort McMurray. You see I moved here when my daughter was about to turn three. I came as a stay-at-home mom, married, and without a career or job in this place. Now my daughter is about to turn fourteen, and I am a single woman with a career I love and a job where I can make a difference every day. I came to this place in search of home, and I found it. I found the place where I want my daughter to grow up, but not because it's perfect. It's because she and I can make a difference here, and not only can we but we want to - because it is home.
And Neil there are thousands of people who call this home, not just me, and people who are just as passionate about this place as we are. And the funny thing is I think we all care about the environment, and about industry being as clean as it can be, and about preserving the world - because we care about community, and we know we are not some island floating on the planet. We know we carry a heavy responsibility because we have been gifted with this tremendous resource, and we have to develop it in a responsible way that meets the needs of the world today while also considering the future. And why is this important? Because we have children, too, Neil, and because we want to leave the world a better place for them than the way we found it.
Maybe you should come back to Fort McMurray, Neil. I'd love to chat with you, and even if you don't talk to me perhaps you can talk to my friends who have come here from all over the world to find a home. Or maybe you can talk to some of those who grew up here, and who have lived in this region for generations. Or better yet maybe you can skip me and those others and talk to my daughter, who could tell you about Fort McMurray, and life, and community, and why this is home for her. Maybe she could share with you her love of the environment, and her understanding of the role of community, industry, and those of us who live in this place. The door is open, Neil, and while she may not really know your music she knows this place like she knows her own heart, and I know she would share it with you willingly.
Long may you run, Neil. Thank you for coming to visit us, and maybe you'll consider coming back one day but spending a bit longer and casting your net a bit wider. I think you might learn some new things about us, and at the very least you could share with more of us who live, work, and play here your thoughts so we can better understand them. This is a dialogue that isn't closed, Neil, and nor is the door. It's always open to those who want to come here with an open heart and mind and who are as willing to listen to us as we are willing to listen to them. I hope one day you walk through it, and into a community with a heart of gold.
Best wishes on your journeys,
Although she may be one of the <a href="http://www.askmen.com/celebs/women/models/15_gisele_bundchen.html" target="_hplink">most beautiful women in the world</a>, Gisele Bündchen is much more than just a pretty face. Named the <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2011/11/27/gisele-best-green-celebrity_n_1115242.html#s429728" target="_hplink">2011 Greenest International Celebrity of the Year</a>, Bündchen devotes an extraordinary amount of her time and money to environmental causes. She has been a Goodwill Ambassador for the <a href="http://www.unep.org/" target="_hplink">United Nations Environment Program</a> since 2009, works with the <a href="http://vimeo.com/32243308" target="_hplink">Brazilian movement A Drop Of Water (Gota D'água)</a>, and is involved in her <a href="http://hqweb.unep.org/gwa/ambassadors/gisele/" target="_hplink">hometown's Clean Water Project</a>. And with the Amazon rainforest as one of her main passions, Bündchen co-hosted the Rainforest Alliance annual gala in 2009. For more information on how <a href="http://www.people.com/people/article/0,,20261937,00.html" target="_hplink">Mrs. Bündchen-Brady</a> stays eco-friendly, <a href="http://blog.giselebundchen.com.br/en/" target="_hplink">check out her green blog</a>!
Gisele Bundchen stays fashionable to represent at a UN environmental summit in New York.
Actor <a href="http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0000602/" target="_hplink">Robert Redford</a> is a long time environmental advocate and a trustee of the Natural Resources Defense Council and founder of <a href="http://www.sundance.org/about/" target="_hplink">the Sundance Institute</a>. <br> A <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/robert-redford/" target="_hplink">long time blogger for HuffPost, Redford</a> has written many pieces dissecting the impact of fracking on our planet, and the cozy relationship Big Oil has with the government. <br> In a June blog piece, <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/robert-redford/fossil-fuel-subsidies_b_1605146.html" target="_hplink">Redford wrote about energy subsidies</a> and the Rio+20 conference. "We should not be subsidizing the destruction of our planet," Redford affirmed. "Fossil fuels are literally cooking our planet, polluting our air and draining our wallets. Why should we continue to reward companies to do that?"
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Adrian Grenier may share good looks and acting chops with his <a href="http://www.hbo.com/entourage/index.html" target="_hplink">Entourage alter-ego Vince</a>, but the similarities end when it comes to extracurricular activities. Unlike the hard-partying Vince, Grenier is an activist who uses his fame to better impact the world around him. He created <a href="http://planetgreen.discovery.com/tv/alter-eco/alter-eco.html" target="_hplink">a TV show called "Alter Eco"</a> for Discovery Channel's Planet Green, <a href="http://www.shft.com/" target="_hplink">the website SHFT.com</a>, which promotes sustainable living through various multimedia, and <a href="http://www.mnn.com/lifestyle/natural-beauty-fashion/blogs/adrian-grenier-gets-eco-fashionable" target="_hplink">supports eco-friendly fashion</a>. In addition, <a href="http://oceana.org/en/about-us/people-partners/celebrity-supporters/adrian-grenier" target="_hplink">he is an Oceana ambassador</a> and works with <a href="http://www.charitywater.org/" target="_hplink">charity:water to bring safe drinking water to third world countries</a>. And did we mention that <a href="http://www.ecorazzi.com/2008/03/10/adrian-grenier-wins-blue-sky-award-for-environmental-activism/" target="_hplink">he won the Blue Sky award in 2008</a> for his environmental activism?
Adrian Grenier, model and activist Lauren Bush, actress Kristin Chenoweth and a ballroom of glamorous New Yorkers show up at a December 2009 ball to support charity: water, an organization created to help bring clean drinking water to communities around the world.
While Streep is often considered one of the greatest screen sirens in history, her passion for environmental health is no act. In 1989, she created <a href="http://www.usatoday.com/news/health/spotlighthealth/2002-10-18-streep-healthy-kids_x.htm" target="_hplink">Mothers and Others, after reading a Natural Resources Defense Council report</a> regarding pesticides in produce, according to USA Today. The group taught consumers about chemicals and toxins that have become commonplace for non-organic foods. <br> Although <a href="http://findarticles.com/p/articles/mi_m1594/is_4_12/ai_76020609/" target="_hplink">the organization shuttered in 2001</a>, Streep's <a href="http://www.usatoday.com/news/health/spotlighthealth/2002-10-18-streep-healthy-kids_x.htm" target="_hplink">fight for environmental food awareness</a> continues today. She is involved with <a href="http://healthychild.org/about/" target="_hplink">Children's Health Environmental Coalition</a>, a group that aims to protect children from toxins in water and food sources.
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A longtime green advocate, things got personal for Mark Ruffalo when hydraulic fracturing or "hydrofracturing" began to disrupt his hometown in upstate New York's Sullivan County. Ruffalo educated himself on the complex practice and has been using his fame to call attention to this destructive method of natural gas extraction. The A-list activist, who founded <a href="http://www.waterdefense.org/" target="_hplink">Water Defense</a>, even landed himself on a U.S. terror watch list for organizing screenings of a documentary about natural gas drilling. <br> Ruffalo specifically <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/alison-rose-levy/northeast-fracking_b_968907.html" target="_hplink">seeks to fight gas companies' positive spin</a> about the arguably destructive practice. In one memorable forum, he challenged their claim that the extraction method would bring much-needed work to low-income communities. "You don't put everyone else in jeopardy just because its going to bring jobs," he said on the local news, "you don't bring your daughter to the red light district because you're having hard times."
In an interview for All Terrain, actor Mark Ruffalo discusses his opposition to the natural gas extraction process known as hydraulic fracturing, or fracking.
Actor and activist <a href="http://www.alecbaldwin.com/" target="_hplink">Alec Baldwin</a>, know for his role on the sitcom "30 Rock" and for movies like "<a href="http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0318374/" target="_hplink">The Cooler</a>" and "<a href="http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0407887/" target="_hplink">The Departed</a>," is a a staunch advocate for clean energy. <br> <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2011/09/02/alec-baldwin-nuclear-power-dirty-energy_n_946555.html" target="_hplink">Baldwin told HuffPost's Lynne Peeples</a>, "The biggest problem in the anti-nuclear movement is the constant big lie, and the constant assertion, metronomic assertion, in the industry, that nuclear is clean power." <br> He also tackled the oil industry, saying, "In fairness, the oil industry is ... a bunch of a very, very smart, very shrewd, very necessary, industrialists who did their part and did what was asked of them to get us to where we are now. Now it's time for them to step aside in terms of their primary role." <br> In April 2011, <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/alec-baldwin/the-big-lie-of-clean-nucl_b_844161.html" target="_hplink">Baldwin blogged for HuffPost about nuclear power</a>, writing, "Fukushima shows us that utility companies reap all of the benefits, while we assume all of the risks."
Portman, a vegetarian since childhood, turned full-on vegan after reading Jonathan Safran Foer's book "Eating Animals" last year (although she went back to being a vegetarian during her pregnancy) . <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/natalie-portman/jonathan-safran-foers-iea_b_334407.html" target="_hplink">She blogged on The Huffington Post</a>, "The human cost of factory farming -- both the compromised welfare of slaughterhouse workers and, even more, the environmental effects of the mass production of animals -- is staggering." <br> She traveled to Rwanda to film <a href="http://www.treehugger.com/files/2007/10/natalie_portman.php" target="_hplink">a documentary about endangered gorillas</a>, she's designed her own <a href="http://www.ecorazzi.com/2007/12/25/razzi-snap-natalie-portman-announces-new-vegan-shoe-collection/" target="_hplink">vegan shoes</a>, and is now even sporting <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2011/01/07/natalie-portman-reveals-e_n_805946.html" target="_hplink">an eco-friendly engagement ring</a> from husband Benjamin Millepied. Portman's passion for the environment began at a young age - she can even be seem dancing in a very...<em>unique</em> <a href="http://www.treehugger.com/files/2007/06/vintage_video_n.php" target="_hplink">environmental video as a World Patrol Kid</a>.
Natalie Portman's pregnancy cravings take over as the star ditches her uber strict vegan diet for vegetarianism
Although he is not the family <a href="http://www.un.org/works/goingon/refugees/angelina_story.html" target="_hplink">UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador</a>, Brad Pitt is one of Hollywood's leading green men. The award-winning actor supports many different facets of green activism, namely animal rights, sustainable living, and green building. Pitt co-founded the "<a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2010/08/31/brad-pitts-make-it-right-_n_699620.html" target="_hplink">Make It Right</a>" foundation, which rebuilds homes in Katrina-torn New Orleans using affordable eco-friendly technology. <br> He also hosted a <a href="http://www.treehugger.com/culture/brad-pitt-hosts-pbs-series-on-green-design.html" target="_hplink">PBS series</a> focused on green design in 2006, and, together with Angelina Jolie, <a href="http://www.mnn.com/lifestyle/arts-culture/blogs/brad-pitt-angelina-jolie-donate-2m-to-african-wildlife-sanctuary" target="_hplink">donated $2 million to the African Wildlife Sanctuary</a>, says MNN.
Rihanna, Kanye West, Snoop Dogg and Cheryl Crow join Brad Pitt to help the “Make it Right” foundation raise vital funds for the completion of 150 environmentally friendly homes for victims of 2005’s Hurricane Katrina.
When it comes to green activism, George Clooney doesn't mess around. "You don't want to be a spokesperson unless you are absolutely committed to a cause," <a href="http://www.time.com/time/magazine/article/0,9171,1668446,00.html" target="_hplink">the actor said in an interview</a> with TIME magazine. And according to his own logic, Clooney is a total environmental buff. MSN reported that after his role in Syriana, Clooney helped launch <a href="http://news.uk.msn.com/environment/green-living/photos.aspx?cp-documentid=150371643&page=5" target="_hplink">Oil Change</a>, a campaign to diminish America's oil dependence. He is also a major human rights activist, protesting in favor of aid for Sudan and Darfur, and even going so far as to <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/03/16/george-clooney-arrested-dc-_n_1353441.html" target="_hplink">get arrested at a protest in March 2012</a>. Clooney drew <a href="http://www.forbes.com/sites/carolinehoward/2012/03/16/george-clooney-arrested-protesting-darfur-sudan/" target="_hplink">a parallel between human rights issues and climate disasters</a> in 2010, when he asked <em>Today Show</em>'s Ann Curry "If you knew a tsunami, or Katrina or a Haiti earthquake was coming, what would you do to save people?" The rugged actor also tries to stay green in his everyday life. According to MSN, <a href="http://green.in.msn.com/gallery.aspx?cp-documentid=3680004&page=4" target="_hplink">he drives two electric cars</a>, and was the cover photo for <a href="http://www.hollywood.com/news/Clooney_and_Roberts_Go_Green_for_Vanity_Fair/3488954" target="_hplink">Vanity Fair's first green issue.</a>
Actor George Clooney has been arrested following a protest outside the Sudanese embassy in Washington DC.
DiCaprio is a long-standing environmentalist, who sits on the boards of the Natural Resources Defense Council and Global Green USA. He has created <a href="http://www.vanityfair.com/politics/features/2007/05/dicaprio200705" target="_hplink">the environmental documentary "The 11th Hour,"</a> where he said, "It's clear humans have had a devastating impact on our planet's ecological web of life. Because we've waited, because we've turned our backs on nature's warning signs, and because our political and corporate leaders have consistently ignored the overwhelming scientific evidence, the challenges we face are that much more difficult. We are in the environmental age whether we like it or not." <br> And just this winter, DiCaprio made headlines for surviving a plane scare in order to get to <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2010/11/23/vladimir-putin-leonardo-d_n_787800.html" target="_hplink">a summit on saving the world's tigers</a>, donating $1 million to the World Wildlife Fund.
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Once known as the archetypical valley girl Cher in the movie "Clueless," Alicia Silverstone now makes her name as the face of vegan beauty. <a href="http://www.amazon.com/The-Kind-Diet-Simple-Feeling/dp/1605296449" target="_hplink">She wrote a diet book</a> called "The Kind Diet" <a href="http://www.thekindlife.com/about" target="_hplink">which she says</a> "is about living your healthiest and happiest life to the fullest, while taking care of mama Earth at the same time." She also regularly updates her blog, <a href="http://www.thekindlife.com/" target="_hplink">The Kind Life</a>, with vegan recipes, beauty tips, and other Earth-friendly finds from the celebrity fashionista. Silverstone recently <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/04/27/alicia-silverstone-pre-chewing_n_1458678.html" target="_hplink">created a cyber-windstorm for pre-chewing her son Bear Blu's food</a>. "It's natural," <a href="http://www.etonline.com/news/121146_Silverstone_Responds_to_Mouth_Feeding_Controversy/index.html" target="_hplink">she defended herself</a> to <em>Entertainment Tonight</em>.
Alicia Silverstone shares some of the simple, healthy, delicious meals from The Kind Diet.
In 1989, Sting and his wife, Trudie Styler, formed the Rainforest Foundation Fund to preserve rainforests and protect indigenous populations within them. "Sting and I founded the Rainforest Fund after seeing with our own eyes the destruction of one of the world's most precious resources," <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/02/24/elton-john-sting-james-taylor-revlon_n_1299749.html" target="_hplink">Styler was quoted as saying in a HuffPost article</a>. "If we all take action, we can help save the planet and prevent further harm to the rainforests and indigenous people who live there." <br> <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/trudie-styler/why-sting-and-i-set-up-th_b_98252.html" target="_hplink">Styler blogged for HuffPost</a> that she and Sting founded the Rainforest Foundation Fund after flying over the Amazon and meeting people on the ground there. She said, at first, "Sting was criticized for daring to be a rock star who wanted to change the world." But she says their group has worked to successfully protect over 115,000 square kilometers of rainforest.
Trudie Styler discusses biodynamic wine.
Actress <a href="http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0000435/" target="_hplink">Daryl Hannah</a>, known for films such as "Blade Runner" and "Splash," has lent her name to several environmental causes. <br> In 2009, she travelled to West Virginia and was arrested while protesting mountaintop removal coal mining. <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/daryl-hannah/why-i-was-arrested-in-coa_b_224531.html" target="_hplink">She wrote for HuffPost</a>, "I was honored to be joining an inspiringly brave group of concerned Americans." <br> More recently, she was <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2011/08/30/daryl-hannah-arrested-keystone-protest_n_942072.html" target="_hplink">one of over 1,200 people arrested</a> in August in front of the White House as part of a Keystone XL pipeline protest.
Actress Daryl Hannah’s arrest sparks conversation about a planned oil pipeline in Canada.
This <a href="http://www.unicef.ie/Content.aspx?PageDetailId=24&AspxAutoDetectCookieSupport=1" target="_hplink">UNICEF ambassador</a> is known in Hollywood for his Earth-friendly ways. While Brosnan stays environmentally aware on a daily basis by <a href="http://www.hellomagazine.com/celebrities-news-in-pics/19-05-2009/51565/general/" target="_hplink">driving a hybrid car</a>, according to Hello! Magazine, he has advocated for sustainable government legislation as well as publicized himself as a major supporter of environmental charities. <br> He's <a href="http://www.people.com/people/article/0,,1549375,00.html" target="_hplink">protested natural gas facilities</a> near his Malibu home, and according to Treehugger.com, spoken in public forums <a href="http://www.treehugger.com/culture/pierce-brosnan-at-epa-markey-waxman-markey.html" target="_hplink">in support of the EPA and green legislation</a>. In 1997 he was given an Environmental Leadership Award by Mikhail Gorbachev, and in 2008 Brosnan and his wife Keely Shaye Smith were inducted into the <a href="http://www.ecorazzi.com/2008/10/30/pierce-brosnan-to-be-inducted-into-environmental-hall-of-fame/" target="_hplink">Environmental Hall of Fame</a>.
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Actor <a href="http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0000437/" target="_hplink">Woody Harrelson</a> has reportedly been <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2009/09/23/woody-harrelsons-vegan-ac_n_295765.html" target="_hplink">a vegan for nearly 25 years</a>. In fact, for the 2009 film "Zombieland," Harrelson ate a special vegan Twinkie instead of the real thing. <br> Harrelson has also <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/huff-wires/20070927/people-woody-harrelson/" target="_hplink">called for greater activism against oil</a>. Speaking at a media and technology conference in Amsterdam in 2007, Harrelson said, "Certainly (oil companies) just want to get as much out of the ground and make as much money as possible before they transition into anything else. So I still think it's time for some strong activism, especially as it relates to our dependency on oil."
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According to the Mother Nature Network, <a href="http://www.mnn.com/lifestyle/arts-culture/stories/ecollywood-glenn-close-dwayne-the-rock-johnson-eric-stoltz-lucy-lawle" target="_hplink">Glenn Close is a major puppy activist</a>. She works with not one, but two organizations devoted to helping her canine companions. Close and husband David Shaw founded <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/02/24/www.fetchdog.com" target="_hplink">Fetchdog.com</a>, an online shopping site for doggie treats which donates a portion of the sales to dog related charities. In addition, <a href="http://www.oprah.com/oprahshow/Puppies-Behind-Bars-Helps-the-Disabled/3" target="_hplink">Oprah.com reported that Close is also a staunch supporter</a> of <a href="http://www.puppiesbehindbars.org/about.asp" target="_hplink">Puppies Behind Bars</a>, a program that helps service dogs and prisoners have a symbiotic, educational relationship. Close also supports non-canine causes. In 2009, <a href="http://www.ammado.com/nonprofit/45792/articles/10064" target="_hplink">the ocean conservation group Oceana</a> honored her at their annual Sea Change Summer party, noting the actress's <a href="http://www.mnn.com/lifestyle/arts-culture/stories/ecollywood-hanging-with-celebs-at-the-oceana-fundraiser" target="_hplink">dedication to ocean conservation</a>.
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Who would've thought Mr. Darcy could be a shopkeeper? Colin Firth has set up various eco-themed shops in Britain. He opened two fair trade cafes called Progreso (<a href="http://www.standard.co.uk/news/new-fears-for-portobello-as-sam-cams-favourite-butchers-join-the-casualty-list-6424931.html" target="_hplink">at least one of which closed in 2010</a>), and <a href="http://www.treehugger.com/sustainable-product-design/colin-firths-eco-store.html" target="_hplink">an ecological store called Eco in Chiswick</a>, offering ethical, fair trade goods, as well as expert energy efficiency advice for homeowners. As <a href="http://www.oxfam.org/en/about/ambassadors/colin-firth" target="_hplink">an Oxfam's Make Trade Fair campaign supporter</a>, Colin Firth raises awareness on behalf of Ethopian coffee growers, and lobbies for fair trade in the coffee markets. <a href="http://women.timesonline.co.uk/tol/life_and_style/women/the_way_we_live/article2856825.ece" target="_hplink">According to <em>The Times</em>, Firth said</a> that "rather than being a luvvie with a lofty opinion preaching to people, I prefer to do things, to get involved, put my money where my mouth is and learn along the way."
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