As the debate over the Keystone XL pipeline drags on and the pressure to act on climate change grows, more and more people are speaking out against that and other proposed pipeline projects. Some of those people happen to be household names: from actors such as Daryl Hannah, who was famously arrested a couple of years ago when she joined protesters before the White House, to musician Neil Young, who traveled to the Albert oil sands to express solidarity with the legal battle being waged by the Fort Chipewyan First Nation, which has been hit by effects from the massive industrial development.
Here, thanks to a compilation by the Canadian Press, the celebrities speak out in the videos below. Meet the celebrities who are coming out against the Keystone XL pipeline, as well as Enbridge’s Northern Gateway pipeline through British Columbia.
As mentioned above, Daryl Hannah, famous for her mermaid role in the 1984 hit movie Splash, was arrested in October 2012 in a sweep that also included Métis actress Tantoo Cardinal.
Here is Hannah’s take on why it’s important that the $7 billion, 1,700-mile-long pipeline through the heart of Turtle Island not get built.
The musician and Canadian played four concerts earlier this year to raise funds for the legal fight that the Alberta Chipewyan First Nation is waging against the federal government and industrial forces.
The iconic movie star says in this video that tar sands oil is killing our planet. He is known for championing other Native causes as well, most notably that of Leonard Peltier.
About a year earlier, in August 2011, another crop of protesters were arrested outside the White House. While Ruffalo was not among them, he did come out around that time with this video stating his objections to the pipeline. The video bears re-posting here.
The comedic darling of the 1990s sitcom Seinfeld, who has gone on to make a mark in several subsequent roles and a couple of series (The New Adventures of Old Christine, Veep), also made this short video voicing her concerns over Keystone XL and similar development.
Robert Kennedy Jr.
The son of the late Senator Robert F. Kennedy Sr., is a radio host, activist, and environmental lawyer who has come out on numerous occasions against the Keystone XL and other pipelines. Here he lays out his reasons.
The Footloose actor today stars in the acclaimed Fox TV series The Following, and he certainly has one. But besides his acting roles, the winner of numerous awards also narrated this documentary about what the Enbridge Corp.’s Northern Gateway pipeline would do to the habitat of the Spirit Bear.
The director who proclaimed himself “King of the World” upon winning an Oscar for directing Titanic, has descended to the depths of the ocean and explored the possibility of asteroid mining, among other extreme pursuits. As “king,” he has taken on a role of stewardship as well, and he talked about his concern for the environment and his opposition to developments such as Keystone XL in a 2010 video recorded in Edmonton by the Canadian Press.