October Gratitude message: Today I share my gratitude for all the people in our world who have a greater presence and/or influence as public figures, and are using it to spread awareness, and initiate responsible and love-based action and positive change. A recent example of positive change in action comes from celebrity figure and actress Natalie Portman. In the short video clip above, you can see Natalie’s speech at the 2017 EMA awards, in which she raises awareness about living with the environment, sustainability and animal welfare in mind.

There is no doubt that as a whole, the entertainment industry leaves much to be desired where positive change and consciousness expansion are concerned. However, just as it is with any other industry, there are always voices of hope and reason to be found, working for the greater good of all. Here are just a few of some of the most inspiring examples:

  • Actress and author Alicia Silverstone uses her influential voice to promote kindness and compassion, especially as it relates to animal welfare and vegan living. Her movement, The Kind Life is an interactive extension of her book, The Kind Diet, which is all about living the healthiest and happiest life to the fullest, while taking care of our Earth at the same time.
  • Actor, producer and activist Leonardo DiCaprio uses his influential voice to raise awareness about environmental destruction and sustainability. His foundation is dedicated to the long-term health and wellbeing of all Earth’s inhabitants and supports projects around the world that build climate resiliency, protect vulnerable wildlife, and restore balance to threatened ecosystems and communities.
  • Actor, producer and activist Joaquin Phoenix uses his influential voice to raise awareness about animal cruelty and vegan living. He serves on the board of the Lunchbox Fund, which provides healthy meals to children in need, is a spokesperson for People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals and is active in the Peace Alliance.
  • Actress, humanitarian and actvist Emma Watson uses her influential voice to raise awareness about women’s equality and justice issues. She was the UN Women Goodwill Ambassador in 2014, working on empowering young women, and an advocate for UN Women’s HeForShe campaign promoting gender equality.

Although it is beautiful to see these and many other positive expressions and actions by public figures, may we always remember that we neither have to be famous, nor financially wealthy to have love in our hearts and be the change we wish to see in our world. The choice “to care” is available to all of us.

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