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10 Celebrities Who Are Fighting to Save the Planet

You might love celebrities for the shows or movies they’ve been on, the music they’ve created or their looks but did you know some of them are on the front lines of climate change action? If you didn’t then here’s a list of CAPLESS HEROES in the Hispanic and Latino community that are all about ways to fix the planet and creating a better future for the rest of us.

1. Kat Von D

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Kat is a badass animal rights activist that’s always spreading the message of ethical treatment of animals and veganism. Aside from her vegan beauty brand, she’s been working on launching lines of vegan leather jackets, vegan shoes and makeup brushes free of animal hair.

1. Kat Von D

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This Goth Queen donates some of her lipstick profits to animal rights organizations like Farm Sanctuary and Project Chimp, to which she has donated over $250,000. On top of that, she creates Instagram giveaways to continue raising money to support other animal charities.

2. Gisele Bundchen

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Gisele became an Ambassador for the United Nations Environment Program in 2009. Last year she became the 1st recipient for the Eco Laurente award due to her work on the preservation of the Brazilian Amazon Biome. Back in her hometown, she also created the Clean Water Project with the help of her family.

2. Gisele Bundchen

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Gisele has also made lifestyle changes in the past years. She became a vegetarian, started growing her own green and making her own preserves, like jams. Alongside her husband, she helped design her mansion with as many sustainable and recycled materials as possible. She even loves to wear eco-friendly fashion brands like Stella McCartney.

3. Salma Hayek

 
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Salma is a board member of Global Green USA, as part of her work she has traveled to the Arctic to raise global awareness of the consequences of climate change in the area. She has also co-hosted A Bid to Save the World, an auction that helps raise millions of dollars each year for several international conservation agencies.

3. Salma Hayek

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She’s not only concerned for the environment, she has also worked to provide clean drinking water to over 2 billion people, help UNICEF raise money for Syrian children refugees, and co-found Chime for Change alongside Queen B and Gucci, a charity that raises fund to fight against gender inequality with a focus on education and health.

4. Selena Gomez

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Back in 2009, Selena partnered with Kmart to launch an affordable eco-friendly clothing line called “Dream Out Loud“.

4. Selena Gomez

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Selena has also been a UNICEF Ambassador since 2009 and she has helped raise money for childhood malnutrition in Africa and works with the Tap Project to promote the use of clean water.

5. Rosario Dawson

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Rosario decided to co-found Studio 189, a West African based brand that uses fashion to implement social change and sustainable practices. Their main focus is to empower artisans by creating jobs, supporting education and skill training and create an international market for fashion-forward African made pieces.

5. Rosario Dawson

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She’s not only an entrepreneur but a producer and narrator of The Need to Grow, an eco-conscious documentary about the planet’s dying farmable soil. Rosario also used her social media platforms to advocate and inform her audience about climate change and social injustice.

6. Penelope Cruz

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The American Crime Story actress is a strong supporter of Global Green USA, a non-profit organization that fights against climate change. As part of her work to support the organization, she started the Red Carpet/Green Car campaign that switched from limos to alternative fuel cars to transport celebs to red carpet events.

6. Penelope Cruz

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She’s an advocate of animal rights, she worked with PETA on the “I’d Rather Go Naked Than Wear Fur“ campaign and has even gone above and beyond to make sure animals are treated ethically during the filming of a movie. She’s also an active supporter of UNICEF and other causes like violence against women and research on leukemia in children.

7. Adrian Granier

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Back in 2015, The Devil Wears Prada star partnered with Uber, Dell, and Goodwill to start a tech recycling program in NYC where Uber picks up the waste, leaves it at any Goodwill location and then the parts are reused by Dell in newer models or recycled.

7. Adrian Granier

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Adrian also created SHFT, a platform that teaches how to live a more sustainable lifestyle. The site also has an online store that offers a wide variety of products that go from bamboo speakers to solar powered pendant lamps to eco-friendly beer grooming products.

8. Jessica Alba

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Jessica is the founder of The Honest Company, an eco-friendly online store that sells a wide range of products that go from plant-based laundry detergents to sustainable diapers. The company is also working to increase the percentage of recycled and renewable materials used in the packaging of their products.

8. Jessica Alba

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Meanwhile, she’s constantly pushing her brand to keep giving back to the community by participating in different non-profits, like Baby2Baby, Wayferer Foundation, and Children’s Hospital Los Angeles. As a result, the company has donated 13.5M sustainable diapers + over 2M eco-friendly personal care and cleaning products, since 2012.

9. Cameron Diaz

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She was one of the first celebrities to go green back in the early 2000s. She hosted MTV’s Trippin and traveled around the world to teach about wildlife conservation and renewable energy. In 2009 she filmed Cameron Diaz Saves the World, a documentary in which she tries to start a conversation about the environment.

9. Cameron Diaz

 
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She was one of the first celebrities to start with the hybrid car trend by getting herself a Prius as soon as it was available to the public.

10. Christy Turlington

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The 90s supermodel has partnered with H&M to promote their Conscious Exclusive 2018 collection, as part of their 2030 plan to only use sustainable materials. This new collection uses organic natural fabrics, recycled polyester and even fishing nets found in the ocean to create nylon fibers.

10. Christy Turlington

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As part of her work to improve the standards of the fashion industry, Christy also created a show called Threading: Driving Fashion Forward, which raises awareness on the poor working conditions on the industry’s laborers in developing countries.

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#VoteLikeAMadre Is Committing Latinas To Vote To Save The Planet For Their Children

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#VoteLikeAMadre Is Committing Latinas To Vote To Save The Planet For Their Children

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The 2020 election is heating up. There are a lot of hot button issues at stake from reproductive rights and affordable access to healthcare to climate change and civil rights. The Latino Victory Project is using their resources to get Latinas to commit to voting with the understanding that their children will inherit the world they leave behind. Here’s how.

The #VoteLikeAMadre campaign is just that, voting like a mother.

The campaign is getting people, specifically Latinas, to vote for their children. Climate change is one of the most pressing issues facing people during the 2020 elections. That is why #VoteLikeAMadre is asking for people to pinky promise a better future for their children using their ability to vote.

The campaign hinges on the most important promise you can make to your kids: a pinky promise.

A pinky promise is so important with the children, you know. We all remember making our parents make pinky promises to make things happen for us to to give us things we really wanted. They were unbreakable promises that you constantly reminded your parents of making.

People are already taking the pledge to vote for candidates who have plans to combat climate change.

An estimated 1 billion people live in areas that are being affected by climate change. These people could all become climate refugees by 2050. That is one-seventh of the world’s population being displaced because of climate change. Our actions now can help to mitigate some of the damage that scientists expect.

People of color are among the most vulnerable communities when it comes to the negatives affects of climate change.

Latinos, as well as other communities of color, put a lot of importance on the climate crisis. Environmental justice is an issue that Latinos have been fighting for as our communities are often subjected to negative climate and environmental issues. According to a Yale study on climate change, Latinos are the most concerned about the climate crisis and its impact.

Early voters are already following through with their promises to fight for the climate.

Fighting for the climate is the same as fighting for the children. It is not a surprise that those who are younger will be the ones to inherit and live on the planet longer. Actions now can either ruin or save the planet and its climate for the generations to come.

“Many people assume that the only people who really care about climate change are white, well-educated, upper-middle-income, latte-sipping liberals, and it’s just not true,” Anthony Leiserowitz, director of the Yale Program on Climate Change Communication told PBS. “Actually, the racial and ethnic group that cares more about climate change than any other is Latinos.”

You can learn more about #VoteLikeAMadre, go to their website.

You can learn more about the campaign and the fight to save the climate here. Share with us about what you want to see most in the next leaders of the U.S. by commenting below.

READ: American Latinos United Launches Committee To Take Down President Trump In 2020

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J Balvin Offers Up A Message To Fans About The Real Dangers Of Covid-19

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J Balvin Offers Up A Message To Fans About The Real Dangers Of Covid-19

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Updated August, 17, 2020.

J Balvin is the latest celebrity to come forward with a Covid-19 diagnosis. He is part of a running list of Latino celebrities who are warning fans about the virus.

J Balvin has a message for all of his fans about the seriousness and dangers of Covid-19.

“At the moment, I’m just getting better,” J Balvin said in a recorded messages for the Premios Juventud. “These have been very difficult days, very complicated. Sometimes we won’t think that we’ll get it, but I got it and I got it bad.”

He added: “My message to those that follow me, young fans and people in general is to take care. This isn’t a joke. The virus is real and it’s dangerous”

Updated August 13, 2020.

Covid-19 is not done and we are seeing the proof everywhere we turn. Months after the pandemic, more and more people continue to fall ill with the virus and Antonio Banderas joins the pack.

Antonio Banderas shared the news on social media that he tested positive on his 60th birthday.

The iconic Spanish actor had recently celebrated his girlfriend’s 39th birthday before testing positive. Europe is currently dealing with a second wave from Covid-19 and officials are becoming concerned by the spread.

In his post, Banderas talked to his fans about the illness and how he didn’t feel sick, just more tired than normal. Yet, Banderas added: “I will take advantage of this isolation to read, write and rest, continue making plans to begin to give meaning to my newly released 60 years to which came loaded with desire and illusion. Big hugs to everyone.”

Banderas did not explain how he contracted the infectious disease, that as of 13 August 2020, has seen over 20.6 million cases reported across 188 countries. So far, the disease has killed more than 749,000 people.

Last year, Banderas (who is known for his roles in The Mask Of Zorro and The Spy Kids franchise) was nominated for an Oscar for his film “Pain and Glory.”

Original: As beaches, restaurants, and even bars and clubs started to reopen, it was easy to forget that we are still in the midst of a global health crisis – one that continues to hit the Latino community, in particular, very hard. And stars, they really are just like us. Celebrities are also at risk of contracting Covid-19 and over the last few days, we’ve learned that several of Latin music’s biggest stars have in fact been infected with the virus.

The news comes just as states like Florida, California, Arizona, and Texas set new records with sky-high infection rates. It’s an important reminder that nobody is immune to this pandemic and that we all need to do our part to keep our communities safe.

Several major Latin music stars have recently announced they’ve tested positive for Covid-19.

As if a reminder that stars, they’re just like us, several of Latin music’s biggest celebrities have announced that they’ve tested positive for Covid-19. Karol G, Prince Royce, and Chiquita Rivera have all shared their positive diagnosis for the virus and are urging fans to stay home and use masks when they have to go out.

Karol G took to Instagram Live to share the news of her infection with her fans.

During an Instagram live watched by more than 100,000, the “Tusa” singer said that she tested positive two or three weeks ago but had not made it public so her parents wouldn’t worry. “First of all, thank you to all the people that have reached out to me. I hadn’t said anything because my parents are far away and I didn’t want them to worry about me,” she says.

“Because my new single was coming out, I didn’t want coronavirus to be the news. Now that the news is out, my parents are very nervous and if it was under any other circumstance, they’d be here by my side.”

Karol G went on to say that she is feeling well compared to others who have been diagnosed positive. She was diagnosed with COVID-19 a few weeks ago with her friend and sister, and decided to isolate away from Anuel, who she confirmed tested negative. “I feel well. Today, I got another test and hoping this one will be negative.”

Chiquita Rivera also announced that her and her husband have also tested positive for the virus.

Just last week, Mexican-American singer Chiquis Rivera, the daughter of the late Jenni Rivera, revealed she and her husband Lorenzo Méndez tested positive for COVID-19. Also in an Instagram video, Rivera said “We’re contagious so we have to be responsible and we are going to quarantine.”

And Dominican Prince Royce announced he too had contracted Covid-19.

Prince Royce was one of the first celebrities to reveal his diagnosis. he shared he had tested positive for the virus shortly before the 4th of July holiday weekend and urged people to take precautions and be safe – for themselves and others.

In an Instagram video, he shared that he had gone out to restaurants since things had started to open up. He added: “Well, Florida hasn’t been so bad, and New York is the one with the problem. I fell for that and I think many people can fall for that and will fall for that. Don’t be selfish and make the same mistakes that I probably did.”

He urged his fans to do the responsible thing and stay at home.

“I was diagnosed with COVID-19 and I am on day number 12 since my symptoms began,” he wrote on Instagram. “My case has been mild and I am feeling well. I share this with you today to ask you please not let down your guard — this virus is very real and we can have it and spread it without even knowing. I didn’t think I had it as I didn’t feel that bad and had I not gotten tested I would be spreading it to others.”

His caption also added, “For younger people, this is more than just about taking care of ourselves, it is about taking care of others, older people and those with compromised immune systems. Please let’s take this seriously and act responsibly and with compassion. Let’s all take care of each other.”

Their infections come as the virus is raging out of control across the country.

New records are being set everyday across the United States, as severe all states see the virus rage out of control. For the first time ever in the U.S., Florida saw more than 15,000 new cases in just one day. Meanwhile, in Arizona – the per capita infection rate is higher than it was at the peak of New York’s battle against the virus.

As of July 15, the U.S. has 3.48 million confirmed cases and almost 140,000 deaths due to Covid-19 infection. Those numbers are expected to continue to climb as many Americans refuse to follow simple preventive measures, including wearing a mask and staying at home.

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