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Actress and model Cara Delevingne has launched a new eco-charity: Initiative Earth, aiming to lobby governments to repair damaged ecosystems worldwide.
A message on the charity’s website states: “Initiative Earth is a charity that enables people to restore ecosystems and revive communities around the world. We are building systems that are aligned with nature. We are here to co-create a world that thrives.”
It was first revealed in 2020 that Cara was setting up the charity, with the aim of “seeking to influence public opinion and to influence governmental and other bodies.” The charity plans to hold festivals, seminars, conferences, lectures, tours, and courses.
Cara also recruited Deepa Mirchandani, a sustainable businesses specialist, and Jack Harries, the son of filmmaker Rebecca Frayn, to work on the project with her.
A message on Initiative Earth’s Instagram page further sets out its goals, stating: “Our mission is ambitious: we want to co-create a world that thrives through happier and healthier cultures globally. Our method, however, is simple. We want to ignite participants’ imaginations through practical education to restore ecosystems, revitalize the community, and regenerate local economies.
“We promote a vision where people, economies and nature thrive together. We enable people to create systems that are aligned with nature.”
Shailene Woodley is on a mission to save the planet’s oceans
Activist and actress Shailene Woodley is planning on doing everything she can to protect the wildlife in the Earth’s oceans.
In an interview with Shape magazine, she said: “I was raised by two psychologists, so empathy was a big deal in our household. Everything was about trying to understand everyone else’s experience. Not necessarily agreeing with it, but having empathy for whatever they were going through. From there, I looked at nature and the natural world the same way.”
The star continued: “I don’t want to save the ocean because my mind says it’s the right thing to do. I want to save the ocean because I can feel that she’s suffering. I can feel that turtle drowning from the plastic in its belly.
“I can feel the temperatures rising on the algae that is killing other species. For me, everything is based in feeling and emotion. I’m a progressive, and I want to change the world—I feel a responsibility to try to do everything I possibly can to make things feel a little better.”
It comes as the movie star joined forces with eyeglass brand Karün, who create glasses using recycled fishing nets and metals. Shailene and Karün hope to see actual change in the way humans treat the seas.
She explained: “Those microplastics—there’s no way we will ever clean them up. No matter how many eyeglasses we make. No matter how many other material goods we create using them. What we can change is consuming that plastic in the first place. I’m always much more focused on the human side of the environmentalist mission, because until we address that, nothing will happen.”