You are probably not surprised he is on the list either but he was a pioneer in bringing green issues to the forefront. Celebrity gossip shows always talked about the fact that he drove a hybrid or electric car (he has also been known to ride his bike as well) to an award ceremony. He has built a reputation of taking green to the extreme at least by the average persons standards.
He has a tv show called Living with Ed. He shows you the green things he is doing to his house and in his life and visits his fellow Hollywood friends to get them to be more green. The show is hilarious, his wife calls him out on his extremism sometimes and his friends joke around with him. One of the episodes I saw was titled “I Spy Bill Nye,” where Ed and his wife go over to Bill’s house where he trys to one-up Ed with the green changes he has made in his house. Ed then goes home and embarks on some other green renovation projects around his house. Ed really works hard to live a green life but the show is also entertaining.
He is an entrepreneur too, he created Begley’s Best which an all purpose and all natural household cleaner. It is made from extracts of pine, de-acified citrus, maize, fermented sugar cane roots, and olive seeds. The ingredients are all natural, non-toxic and totally biodegradable in just 3 to 7 days. According to the website “Begley’s Best™ dissolves away grease, grime and dirt, quickly, safely and effortlessly. You can use it on any surface that is compatible with water, such as tile, showers, porcelain, counter tops and cupboards, linoleum, plastics, wood, leather, stainless steel, aluminum, chrome and colorfast fabrics.”
So he rides a bike to events, has a tv show where he lectures his friends and his wife about the environment and he has his own cleaning product what else is there right… well he has to be an author too!! He recently wrote a book titled “<a href=”Living Like Ed: A Guide to the Eco-Friendly Life“>Living Like Ed: A Guide to the Eco-friendly Life.” It is a user friendly guide giving us tips on how to live life greener.
Ed also supports alot of environmental organizations like Tree People (just like Leonardo DiCaprio), Earth Cinema Circle, Environmental Media Association, Santa Monica Mountain Conservancy, and Thoreau Institute.
So I think Ed Begley is probably the first green celebrity and deserves to still be recognized. He will probably always be a leader in setting a living green example.