Entertainment Alley: Go Clean, Go Green, Get Eco-Friendly

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What is your carbon footprint impact on the world? Have you taken notice of what you call trash and discard without thoughts of where it will end up? Was it biodegradable? Do you remember to recycle? Some of you ride around in cars that pollute our nation. Do you think about the impact of what this is doing to our planet and how we cannot sustain this type of continued abuse to the earth, our wild life and remain here unaffected?

I had an “aha” moment last year and decided that I needed to make a change in how I live, work and play when it comes to being eco-friendly. I traded in my BMW and bought a Prius. For me, that was something big. I have owned three Mercedes and three BMW’s in my lifetime, but somehow I knew it was time to move forward. When I lived in Hollywood, having a “status car” was the impression you wanted people to notice, but today that’s changed and I know it’s for the better. My carbon footprint went from being a size large to a size medium and I continue to find ways to reduce it everyday.

Does Hollywood live clean and green? Bill Maher, a multimillionaire and the host of HBO’s Real Time, came to the same conclusion and went from driving a Prius to driving a Lexus RX 400h hybrid. Clearly he can afford any car, but the comedian who makes fun a lot of things that our country does that upsets him, also became a realist when it comes to our ecology. Surprisingly or not, in today’s climate-changing world, a lot more time goes into making earth-friendly decisions about constructing Hollywood sets.

A lot of actors, producers, television stars and entertainment executives have decided to make a difference by being an example. Not only did actor Leonardo Dicaprio buy himself a Prius, he bought several for others in his family. Television reporter and OWN (Oprah Winfrey Network) star of Our America, Lisa Ling and her husband Dr. Paul Song, built their Santa Monica, Calif. home completely eco-friendly and it’s impressive.

In my own Los Angeles area home, I put in solar panels on my roof and built my swimming pool in a green, clean and eco-friendly way, plus I made sure it was a salt water filled pool and no harsh chemicals ever made it inside the pool. The solar panels helped to reduce my electricity bill from $250 a month to $3 a month. Isn’t it time you thought how you could be clean, green and eco-friendly?


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Taylor Kelsaw

Taylor Kelsaw started his career in San Francisco, Calif. more than 30 years ago and has since worked on many highly rated television shows including “Oprah” and “Live with Regis and Kelly.” He loves to paint, sing, act and being the proud parent of three lovely children.