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I found out a lot of good information about how to be a better citizen of the planet while talking to celebrities at the Oceans blue carpet premiere this week.
Oceans is the new Disneynature movie opening this Earth Day, April 22. Last year, Disneynature premiered the movie Earth. For Earth Day’s 40th anniversary this year, it’s all about the water!
While talking to experts, I found out that kids can be powerful change agents. The celebrities who came to the premiere had advice on how to make Earth Day every day.
“We recycle, we watch our water consumption, we make sure that when we’re brushing our teeth we get the tooth brush wet then turn off the water then turn it back on to rinse,” said Greg Baker, who plays Burger Pitt on Disney Channel’s I’m in the Band. “When we go to the grocery store and we don’t need a bag for that one or two things that we get, we don’t get a bag. We just say that it will just end up in a landfill. We really try to pay attention to Mother Earth. This is the only Earth that we have.”
Ryan Newman, who plays Ginger on Disney XD’s Zeke and Luther, had three words for what to do. “Recycle, recycle, recycle,” she said.
David Lambert from Disney XD’s Aaron Stone says kids should go online to find out more about what they can do.
“This is a really good time, because people are becoming more aware of what’s happening,” he said. “I think it’s becoming easier and easier to do more and help.”
Kelsey Chow, who will be appearing in Disney Channel’s movie Den Brother with Lambert recommended Disney’s Project Green website as a good source of information.
“You can make your voice count; you can decide,” she said. “Disney will make millions of dollars in donations and you can decide how to divide that money to whatever environmental cause.”
The Disney stars are all part of Disney’s Friends for Change, which also includes Chelsea Staub. Chelsea plays Stella Malone on the series Jonas.
“I’m really honored to be a part of Disney’s Friends for Change, which is where all the talent from the Disney channels come together to teach kids these simple lifestyle changes that make a big impact on the environment,” she said. “So I’ve learned a lot being a part of that.”
She also recommended the Friends for Change web site for easy tips. After her second season on Jonas, Chelsea will be working on a new cartoon series Fish Hooks, where she plays a goldfish.
Another suggestion came from Ryan Ochoa, who will be appearing in Disney XD’s Pair of Kings this fall.
“Instead of using water bottles, use a reusable water bottle,” he said. “The ocean is a very big habitat for animals and life underwater and I think it’s very important for people to help the environment.”
Another Friends for Change on the blue carpet, Jennifer Stone from Wizards of Waverly Place, also advocated reusable water bottles and cloth grocery bags. She also drives a hybrid car.
“It’s every little thing you can do that makes a huge difference,” she said.
Allisyn Arm from Sonny with a Chance says we all need to pick up after ourselves, and sometimes others.
“When you’re walking down the street and you see a piece of trash, pick it up, so it doesn’t go into the gutter and pollute our ocean,” she said.
Roshon Fegan of the Camp Rock movies also showed concern for our liquid assets.
“Water is a big issue these days,” he said. “I was at another event—the UNICEF Tap Project, which is something to save water and clean it up for everybody. We really need a lot of fresh water, so one thing you can do is not to let the water run so long—just be conscious of your water usage.”
He also suggested capturing rain water in a tub to use to water your grass.
What are some of your ideas for how to save the planet? Send you comments below!
—Mariam El Hasan
PHOTOS: (TOP) Kid Reporter Mariam El Hasan with Allysin Arm from Sonny With a Chance. (MIDDLE) Mariam with Chelsea Staub from Jonas. (BOTTOM) Mariam with Roshon Fegan of Camp Rock. (Photos Courtesy Mariam El Hasan)