9 Of Your Favorite Celebrities Who Are Protecting The Environment

Here is a list of Black celebrities who are using their money and influence to make the world a better, greener place.

1. Akon

In 2014, the Senegalese singer started Akon Lighting Africa, a solar energy program aiming to bring electricity to different countries throughout the continent. 

2. Don Cheadle

In 2010, Don Cheadle was named the UN Environment Program Goodwill Ambassador. He's used his acting experience to increase public awareness of present crises created by climate change. 

3. Jaden Smith

Jaden Smith has been an ally for activists in Flint. He assisted the First Trinity Missionary Baptist Church's water distribution program by donating a Water Box filtration unit. 

4. John Legend

John Legend first partnered with REVERB to make his Evolver Tour as carbon neutral as possible. This included having the hotels and venues provide environmentally-conscious products. 

5. Lupita Nyong’o

Lupita Nyong’o’s was named the WildAid Global Elephant Ambassador in 2015 because of her advocacy against the global ivory trade. 

6. Megan Thee Stallion

Megan Thee Stallion used Twitter to organize a beach cleanup event with her fans in Santa Monica. She’s also planning to do subsequent cleanup events.

7. Rihanna

The Clara Lionel Foundation, founded by Rihanna, has been modernizing disaster preparedness measures for regions most susceptible to climate change-related natural disasters. 

8. Rosario Dawson

Dawson, along with Abrima Erwiah, started Studio 189 to create sustainable clothing, while also supporting local textile economies in Accra, Ghana. 

9. SZA

SZA announced on Instagram that she would be starting a sustainable clothing line, in which 100% of the profits would be donated to ocean cleanup and sustainability efforts. 

Get to know more about these celebs' efforts.