Celebrities for Climate: Stars Speak up to Raise Awareness About Climate Change

Rihanna © Bang Showbiz

Rihanna has donated $15 million to charities focused on climate justice.

The singer and beauty mogul’s foundation will give grants to 18 different nonprofits across the U.S. and Caribbean.

At the end of January, her organization, the Clara Lionel Foundation, announced it would be giving grants to 18 different nonprofits from the United States and seven different Caribbean nations.

“At the Clara Lionel Foundation (CLF), our work is rooted in the reality that climate disasters, which are growing in frequency and intensity, do not impact all communities equally,” the announcement reads. “Under-resourced countries, communities of colour, and island nations are facing the brunt. To combat this inequity, funders must build partnerships with organizations, acknowledging their deep understanding of what is necessary to achieve climate justice in their own communities.”

The Grammy winner has partnered with Twitter founder Jack Dorsey through his #StartSmall philanthropic initiative, focusing on groups that address the needs of female, Black, LGBTQ+, and Indigenous people.

The money will be donated to organizations such as The Caribbean Climate Justice Project, Movement for Black Lives, Indigenous Environmental Network, Climate Justice Alliance, and the Black Feminist Fund, among others.

“This powerful group of climate justice leaders and organizers from seven Caribbean countries and nearly all 50 states—relentless doers and innovators—are responding effectively and urgently to climate change,” representatives for the foundation explained.

Cate Blanchett announces new climate change podcast

Cate Blanchette and Rihanna, not pictured, talk about climate change
Cate Blanchett © Reuters/BANG-SHOWBIZ

Cate Blanchett is launching a new podcast to raise awareness about climate change.

The 52-year-old actress is teaming up with clean-technology entrepreneur and environmental activist Danny Kennedy for the Audible project, which will delve into the climate crisis.

Opening up on ‘Climate of Change with Cate Blanchett and Danny Kennedy,’ she said in a statement: “Danny’s knowledge about and passion for climate solutions is infectious, and our experience developing this project with the folks at StoryHunter for Audible has been a shot in the arm—and has gone a long way to tempering our eco-anxiety.

“We hope that our listeners enjoy hearing the conversations as much as we have enjoyed having them.”

The Lord of the Rings star also described the podcast as “a joyous extension of a long-standing friendship that all of us at Dirty Films have had with the wonderful Danny Kennedy.”

The co-stars will be chatting to guests on the program, which has been commissioned for two seasons.

Don’t Look Up actress Cate has been vocal about the need to fight the effects of climate change and insisted people “need to be scared.”

She previously said: “Everyone is trying to be positive, talking about 1.5 degrees of global warming. But 1.5 would still be disastrous. We need to be f****** scared… and demand change; be collectively courageous enough to face that fear and do something about it.”

However, despite her frustration at the situation, Cate is not surrendering “hope” as she discussed the conversation she has to have with her children— Dashiell, 20, Roman, 17, Ignatius, 13, Edith, seven, whose father is actor Andrew Upton, 55— about the crisis the planet is facing.

The star said: “I’m not giving up hope. As I say to my kids, if we’re going out, how do we choose to go out? It’s a terrible conversation to have with your 13-year-old, isn’t it?”


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