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Ed Begley Jr. is an actor, author, and environmentalist. He has acted and/or appeared in hundreds of television shows, films, and stage performances. He became known to many when he played a doctor on television’s St. Elsewhere. Notably, he, also, co-hosted the clean living reality show Living with Ed.

 

Edward James Begley Jr. was born in 1949 in Los Angeles, California. He grew up in Buffalo, New York. The woman he believed to be his mother died when he was seven years old. He met his biological mother when he was sixteen. In 1962, his then family moved back to California. He graduated from Notre Dame High School in Sherman Oaks, California. He then attended and graduated from Los Angeles Valley College in North Hollywood, California.

 

In 1967, he had a role on the sitcom My Three Sons. This led to many more roles on television. In 1969, he had a role on the short film The Lottery. This led to many more roles in films. Some memorable roles have been in mockumentary films, like Best in Show. He has had guest-roles on series. In 2003, he wrote and directed the musical Cesar and Ruben.

 

Ed Begley Jr. first married in 1976 and had a son and a daughter. He got a divorce in 1989. He is now married to his second wife, who starred with him in Living with Ed.

 

Ed became an active environmentalist in 1970. He has had electric vehicles, recycles, is a vegan, has a modest environmentally friendly home, and has a low carbon footprint competition with Bill Nye among other activities. He has been involved with Earth Day celebrations, has authored books that are environmentally concerned, and he has multiple environmental affiliations.

 

Ed’s life and career have led to numerous honors and awards. Be green! Be inspired! Have a bright day!

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Al Gore is a politician, author, and environmentalist. He served in Congress for over fifteen years before serving as the 45th Vice President of the United States for two terms with President Bill Clinton. He currently is the founder and chair of the Alliance for Climate Protection, the co-founder and chair of Generation Investment Management, a member of the Board of Directors of Apple Inc., a senior advisor to Google, and is a partner for the climate change solutions group of the firm Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers.

 

Albert Arnold Gore Jr. was born in 1948 in Washington, D.C. He grew up with an older sister. He graduated from St. Albans School and then attended Harvard University. He majored in government and became the president of the student body government during his freshman year. He graduated with honors in 1969.

 

He enlisted in the United States Army in 1969. He served in the Vietnam War and earned the National Defense Service Medal. He received an honorable discharge in 1971.

 

Upon his return from Vietnam, he wrote for The Tennessean and attended Vanderbilt University to become an attorney. He married Tipper Aitcheson in 1970. They had four children. He decided to run for a seat in the U.S. House of Representatives in 1976.

 

Following his service in Congress and as Vice President, he has remained politically and socially active. He has written articles and over a dozen books. He has received numerous awards and honors, including the Nobel Peace Prize, a Primetime Emmy Award for his work with Current TV, and an Academy Award for Best Documentary for starring in An Inconvenient Truth. 

 

Al Gore has been involved with environmental work since 1976. He has advocated for legislation for the protection of our environment and been involved in multiple aspects of several year’s of Earth Day celebrations. He is vegan as well. Be green! Be inspired! Have a bright day!

 

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Bill Nye is a science educator, writer, television presenter, and mechanical engineer. In 1993, he became known for hosting the children’s television PBS show Bill Nye the Science Guy. In 2017, he served as an honorary co-chair of the March for Science in Washington, D.C. The March for Science, also, took place in over 600 cities around the world. Bill is the current CEO of The Planetary Society.

 

William Sanford Nye was born in 1955 in Washington, D.C. He graduated from Sidwell Friends School in 1973. He went on to study mechanical engineering at Cornell University. He earned his B.S. in 1977. Bill began his professional entertainment career as a writer, then an actor on Almost Live in Seattle, Washington. From 1991 until 1993 he appeared as Dr. Emmet Brown’s assistant in Back to the Future: The Animated Series. This led to Bill Nye the Science Guy. Bill wrote and worked as a producer for the show as well. He has, also, written books and participated in Disney World attractions. He has remained involved with science education activities and the entertainment industry.

 

Bill’s environmental activities have been numerous as well. He relates energy saving tips on The Climate Code on The Weather Channel, he has advocated for clean-energy climate-change legislation and has appeared in Bill Nye Saves the World, among other activities. He became the Executive Director of the Planetary Society to advocate for space science research and exploration of other planets.

 

Bill, also, holds several patents, is a fellow of the Committee for Skeptical Inquiry, and has been involved with multiple years of Earth Day activities. He holds a friendly competition with environmental activist Ed Begley, Jr. Their environmental competition is to have the lower carbon footprint than each other.

 

Bill Nye has received multiple awards and honors, including honorary doctorates. Reduce, Reuse, Recycle! Be Green! Be inspired! Have a bright day!

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Earth Day is an annual event celebrated on April 22nd in countries around the world to support environmental protection, care for, and show love for our Earth. It began in many places in 1970 with support from the United States Senator Gaylord Nelson, peace activist John McConnell, Secretary General U Thant at the United Nations, Denis Hayes, and others.

 

Today, Earth Day events occur in more than 193 countries. Many places celebrate Earth Week. The March for Science is occurring on April 22, 2017 in Washington, D.C. and numerous other cities. The People’s Climate Mobilization is occurring on April 29, 2017 as well.

 

Earth Day begins to be honored and celebrated in elementary School. As a former teacher, I can attest to the fact that what began with many teach-ins continues in classrooms today. From learning about how to care for our environment to facts about pollution to doing a service project in the classroom, teachers are incorporating education and celebration of our Earth.

 

Do celebrate Earth Day today and every day! Reduce, Reuse, Recycle! Picking up litter, planting, and taking care of the environment around you are ways everyone can participate. Be inspired! Have a bright day!

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Linda Sarsour is a political and social activist and a writer. She was the executive director of the Arab American Association of New York. She has worked for women’s causes and was a co-chair of the 2017 Women’s March on Washington.

 

Linda Sarsour was born in 1980 in Brooklyn, New York. She has six younger siblings. She graduated from John Jay High School. She was married in an arranged marriage when she was seventeen years old and proceeded to have three children. She, also, took courses at Kingsborough Community College and Brooklyn College.

 

Later, Linda began to volunteer for the Arab American Association of New York. She worked and accomplished the goal of having New York Public Schools recognize and close for the Muslim holidays of Eid al-Fitr and Eid al-Adha. She became the executive director of the Arab American Association of New York and a fellow at New York University’s Robert F. Wagner Graduate School of Public Service.

 

Linda is, also, an alumna of Women’s Media Center’s Progressive Women’s Voices Media and Leadership Training Program. She worked on a campaign to raise money to repair vandalized Jewish graves at a cemetery in 2017. Also in 2017, she was a co-chairwoman of the Day Without a Woman protest.

 

Linda has been embroiled in some controversies, but has been supported by many and continues to work for what she believes in. Be inspired! Have a bright day!

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Gloria Steinem is a writer and journalist, spokesperson, and political and social activist. She was a columnist for New York magazine and a co-founder of Ms. magazine.

 

Gloria Marie Steinem was born in 1934 in Toledo, Ohio. Her parents separated in 1944 and later divorced. She then lived with her mother, although her mother suffered from mental illness. Gloria attended White High School in Toledo before graduating from Western High School in Washington, D.C. Gloria then spent two years in India as a Chester Bowles Asian Fellow. Back in the United States, she served as director of the Independent Research Service. In 1960, she was hired by Help! magazine. She then wrote as a freelance journalist for Esquire magazine. She wrote for and contributed to other publications as well.

 

In 1972, Gloria co-founded Ms. magazine. Also that year, she was the first female speaker at the National Press Club.

 

Gloria had begun her work as an activist in the late 1950s. She has worked for multiple causes. However, she is most recognized as a leader and spokesperson for the feminist movement.

 

Gloria had serious relationships prior to her marriage. However, she did not marry until 2000. She married David Bale that year. Unfortunately, he passed away from brain lymphoma in 2003.

 

Gloria has worked for causes she believes in throughout her life and career, including being an honorary co-chair of 2017’s Women’s March on Washington. She has received many awards and honors for her work, including the 2012 Humanist of the Year from the American Humanist Association. Be inspired! Have a bright day!

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Harry Belafonte is a singer, songwriter, actor, humanitarian, and political and social activist. He has appeared in over two dozen films, approximately two dozen television programs, concert tours and videos, and stage work. He is one of the most successful African-American pop singers of all time. He was nicknamed the “King of Calypso”, but has recorded in multiple musical genres.

 

Harold George Belafonte, Jr. was born in 1927 in Harlem, New York. From 1932 until 1940 he lived with a grandmother in her native Jamaica. He returned to New York and later attended George Washington High School. After high school, he served in the Navy during World War II. In the 1940s, he attended the American Negro Theater and was inspired to become a performer.

 

Harry has been married three times: to Marguerite Byrd, Julie Robinson, and currently still to Pamela Frank. He has four children. Harry has won multiple awards and honors, including a Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award, the National Medal of Arts, the Bishop John T. Walker Distinguished Humanitarian Service Award, and an honorary doctorate.

 

While Harry Belafonte has been involved in some controversies, he still works as an activist for causes he believes in. In 2013, he was Grand Marshall of the New York City Pride Parade. In 2017, he was an honorary co-chair of the Women’s March on Washington. His humanitarian work on behalf of UNICEF and Africa led to “We Are the World”, the Live Aid concert, and so much more. Be inspired! Have a bright day!