Harrison Ford

He immortalized Indiana Jones. He has been People Magazine’s Sexiest Man Alive.

One of the most successful film actors of all time, Harrison Ford is also a long-time environmental activist. Recently he waxed his chest in a TV commercial to highlight the effects of deforestation. Now Ford unveils — in a Metro exclusive — his new environmental campaign: Team Earth.

Team Earth (teamearth.org) will launch worldwide on World Environment Day, June 5.

How is Team Earth different from other green campaigns?

A  We’re trying to bring together people from every avenue of life, for example young people, corporations and politicians. We want to bring everyone together into the environmental discussion. The common good isn’t served by the actions of individuals, no matter how right you are and how well you conduct your personal life.

Why did you decide to get involved?

I’ve been deeply involved in environmental issues for a long time, so it was an easy decision. I sit on the board of Conservation International, and that’s a board where you don’t just sit; you act.

Do you have a green lifestyle?

I do what I can. I recycle and do other everyday things. I fly an airplane, but I buy carbon credits, though I must say I’m not totally convinced by the concept of carbon credits.

We’re constantly told to drive less and consume less energy. What else can regular people do to help the environment?

A
  Conserve and protect water. Reduce waste. Don’t buy products with toxic materials. The Earth can no longer provide us with the services we’re used to, and we have to come together as a powerful political force to make politicians understand that. We have to make it clear to them that the environment is a priority.

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