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Born: 1949-09-16
Profession: Actor
Nation: American
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Some would call me an environmentalist. I don't know why. I reuse the water that falls in my backyard in the winter. I reuse the trash and clippings I produce for mulch. I reuse the rain that falls on my roof, and I reuse the sun that shines on my house for energy. I guess you could call me a strategic opportunist as much as an environmentalist.

Tags: Rain, Sun, Why

We run around so much - with the best intentions: I want to save the rain forest. I've gotta clean up the oceans. I've gotta save the dolphins. All worthy efforts, but if you're not centered and you don't have the serenity in your life you need to accomplish that task, you're not going to do a very good job.

Tags: Best, Good, Life

If you're not buying recycled products, you're not really recycling.

Tags: Buying, Products, Recycling

As someone who has grown up living in Southern California, I know all too well about the costs and scarcities of water.

Tags: Living, Someone, Water

I can trace my environmentally-friendly lifestyle back to my childhood. My father was a conservative Republican that liked to 'conserve'.

Tags: Childhood, Father, Republican

I was a typical Valley teen, in smoggy Van Nuys.

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I'm not a wealthy person because I was never a star. I was a working actor and a supporting actor.

Tags: Actor, Star, Working

I've been in movies with Meryl Streep, Jack Nicholson - but I was on 'The Simpsons,' and finally, in the eyes of my children, I was a star.

Tags: Children, Eyes, Movies

I've lived a slower and less expensive life going off the grid, and I'm happier because of it.

Tags: Less, Life, Off

Los Angeles is a city known as much for it's sun as for its stars and it's dirty air.

Tags: Dirty, Stars, Sun

My father also encouraged my love of nature. He urged me to become a Cub Scout, and later a Boy Scout, and I found I really liked being outdoors.

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My favorite form of transportation is walking. I live in a neighborhood where you can walk to restaurants, banks, and shops.

Tags: Favorite, Walk, Walking

One of the regular intervals of meditation in my life, believe it or not, is in my car.

Tags: Car, Life, Meditation

People don't want to give up their SUVs. They don't want to turn the thermostat down in the winter and up in the summer.

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The environmental crisis is all a result of rushing.

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The film 'Tapped' illustrates quite clearly how we've been getting 'soaked' for years by the bottled water industry.

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When I was single, I was down to $100 of power a year.

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By 1990 I went back to no gasoline; I was just riding around on my bike, taking the bus. I had a tiny little electric car that didn't go very far or very fast. People thought I'd lost my mind. Even my own family thought I'd lost my mind.

Tags: Car, Family, Mind

California has always led the way on environmental protection and always reaped the benefits, pioneering everything from catalytic convertors on cars to stationary source reduction.

Tags: Cars, Protection, Source

For decades, community colleges have been the backbone of American workforce training. Because they are nimble and closely attuned to local community needs, they are inherently positioned to be influential leaders of the movement for a sustainable economy.

Tags: American, Community, Training

For my own health, I thought it was better to eat a plant based diet. I'm going to be 60 soon and I have boundless energy and I feel really good, so I'm all for it.

Tags: Diet, Good, Health

I bought my first electric car in 1970. Its top speed was 15 mph and it had just a 15 mile range - it was essentially a golf cart with a windshield wiper and a horn.

Tags: Car, Golf, Top

I ride my bike for transportation a great deal - occasionally I ride it for fun. But I also have a generator bike that's hooked up to my solar battery pack, so if I ride 15 minutes hard on my bike, that's enough energy to toast toast, or power my computer.

Tags: Fun, Great, Power

I started composting in 1970 by taking my food scraps out behind where I lived and burying them in a hole next to the railroad tracks - and green things started to grow there!

Tags: Food, Next, Started

I'm a strong proponent of green tech for anyone who can afford it, having spent the last 40 years working toward achieving a smaller and smaller eco-impact for myself.

Tags: Last, Strong, Working

It takes less land to grow a pound of broccoli than it does a pound of beef. Less land to grow a pound of grain than a pound of beef. Less water, less energy.

Tags: Energy, Less, Water
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People are overwhelmed looking up at the Mount Everest of environmental challenges that we face. But you put one foot in front of the other and you recognize that not everyone is Sir Edmund Hillary.

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