Limelight: Leonardo Di Caprio’s Before The Flood

Film and Entertainment

By Star Noor

Photos courtesy of Before the Flood website, NASA, National Geographic, and the NRDC.

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While global warming is as the designation pronounces, a global problem, we Americans haven’t been fully informed as to the magnitude and even worst, with all the information out there and those tirelessly working to get the horrifying and very real data into the heads and hearts of our mostly uninformed citizenry, we refuse to believe it’s true.  We Americans are one of the leading nations in carbon footprint and fossil fuel consumption (consumption altogether), however, we are not the top country for mass conversion from fossil fuels to clean energy nor one of the top contenders for unilateral government compliance in large and drastic efforts which must be made to correct and halt the death of our planet; the death of us.

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As the recently released documentary, “Before the Flood”, by Leonardo Di Caprio points out this and many other facts which we are shielded from and misinformed about by a mass network of Government, privately owned corporations; and Mainstream, Social, and Independent media, many of whom are re-reporting misguided information and mostly rebel rousing the masses in largely unproductive diversions meant to buy time for the profiteers. A chain which is important for us to start paying real attention to.  A chain we must break.

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With the present upsetting election of President Elect Donald Trump,  who is prone to such grossly misinformed and blind-sighted quotes as, “It’s really cold outside, they are calling it a major freeze, weeks ahead of normal. Man, we could use a big fat dose of global warming!” (Tweeted on October 12, 2016); we are facing the brink of catastrophe in policy oversight and drastic reductions in governmental funding for programs that we are now actively a part of in the efforts to reduce global warming.  Even amidst the rallying cry of 97% of top scientists in the world studying the problem, as Leo narrates in the film, the President of the Free World resonate the ideals of the most under-informed of our society  instead of taking the time to truly surround himself with the informed and the advised (under-information to the public again, is largely by the cause and effect factor from the actions of these very same echelon of people who stand to profit for the time being).

We are no longer able to assign ourselves the luxury of time.  We are no longer able to be in the lull of ignorance and this film points this out in a most well done cumulative looks into a very broad and complex net of environmental pollution, bureaucracy, denial and profiteering at all costs, human consumption, and ultimately – global warming.

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The film begins with Leo recounting his first days on Earth, starring at the panels of a mural painting by artist Hieronymus Bosch titled, The Garden of Earthly Delights and how this work of art was forever engraved into his memory and the way it has fueled his passion for natural conservation since the days of first hearing about the looming global warming crisis at the time, through the insight of then Vice President Al Gore and how those decisive moments helped shape the rest of his life in regards to activism.  In this very personal search, Leo travels the world and ultimately to the White House and the U.N., to research and present a more focused look into global warming and where we are now, in “Before The Flood “.

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Before the screening in London began, DiCaprio took to the stage to introduce the film. He said:

“Before The Flood is the product of an incredible three-year journey that took place with my co-creator and director Fisher Stevens. We went to every corner of the globe to document the devastating impacts of climate change and questioned humanity’s ability to reverse what maybe the most catastrophic problem mankind has ever faced. There was a lot to take on. All that we witnessed on this journey shows us that our world’s climate is incredibly interconnected and that it is at urgent breaking point…I’ve been incredibly moved by so many climate change documentaries in the past, but I never felt that I saw one that articulated the science clearly to the public. I think people grasp it, but it seems something distant, far off, intangible and almost otherworldly. An individual doesn’t feel like they can make an impact. The journey for me was to try and make a modern-day film about climate change. I’ve been studying this issue for the past 15 years, I’ve been watching it very closely. What’s incredibly terrifying is that things are happening way ahead of the scientific projections, 15 or 20 years ago…We wanted to create a film that gave people a sense of urgency, that made them understand what particular things are going to solve this problem. We bring up the issue of a carbon tax, for example, which I haven’t seen in a lot of documentaries. Basically, sway a capitalist economy to try to invest in renewables, to bring less money and subsidies out of oil companies. These are the things that are really going to make a massive difference. It’s gone beyond, as we talk about in the film, simple, individual actions. We need to use our vote…We cannot afford to have political leaders out there that do not believe in modern science, or the scientific method, or empirical truths…We cannot afford to waste time having people in power that choose to believe in the 2% of the scientific community that is basically bought off by lobbyists and oil companies. They are living in the stone ages. They are living in the dark ages. We need to live in the future.”
Global warming might not be the most glamorous or socially acceptable issue (depending on what type of society you choose to surround yourself with), however, it is the most pressing in that without the space in which for all of us to survive and prosper in harmony with each other and with the Earth, we have no need of most any other issues for which we might stand.  Without Earth there is no us.  We must understand that very simple yet complex notion, and begin to individually rise to a collective effort to save our home and all of the bounty we have been granted upon it.  Bounty that we are now raping.

For years many, it’s been said one of our top and most effective efforts globally will be personal responsibility and effort to reduce our own carbon footprints in any way that we can.   As Leo points out in the film and I personally concede, for example, if we reduce our waste of red meat which produces different sources of waste which largely impact the environment, we can reduce our carbon footprint drastically.  There is such vast amounts of change necessary that not only does personal effort count enormously, but it is paramount to us winning the battle of saving the tiny little space in which we have been granted life.

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I believe that Dr. Sunita Narian said it best in her chat with Leo in one of the most poignant scenes in the film, “I’m sorry to say this, I know you’re an American, and please don’t take this amiss but your consumption is gonna really put a hole in the planet; and I think that’s the conversation we need to have.  I’ll show you charts from this perspective. [Shows page from a book.] Electricity consumed by one American at home is equivalent to 1.5 citizens of France, 2.2 citizens of Japan and 10 citizens of China, 34 of India and 61 of Nigeria. Why? Because you’re building bigger, you’re building more and using much more than before. The fact is we need to put the issue of lifestyle and consumption at the center of climate negotiations.”

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To that I say, any action, is better than no action at all.

Figures from the Environmental Working Group’s Meat Eater’s Guide and the EPA’s Guide to Passenger Vehicle Emissions.

Rank

Food CO2 Kilos Equivalent Car Miles Equivalent

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Lamb

39.2

91

2

Beef

27.0

63

3

Cheese

13.5

31

4

Pork

12.1

28

5

Turkey

10.9

25

6

Chicken

6.9

16

7

Tuna

6.1

14

8

Eggs

4.8

11

9

Potatoes

2.9

7

10

Rice

2.7

6

11

Nuts

2.3

5

12

Beans/tofu

2.0

4.5

13

Vegetables

2.0

4.5

14

Milk

1.9

4

15

Fruit

1.1

2.5

16

Lentils

0.9

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Aquafonics: The Global Water Crisis

Do Some Good, What's Up World

Opening The Flood Gates

By Star Noor, Features Editor, Coco Eco Magazine

FIRST PUBLISHED IN COCO ECO, 2015

Water is life. It is as essential to our global survival as is oxygen.  Yet, very little is being said about the alarming growth in water scarcity  around the world. Many are ill-informed about a problem that knows  no nationality, race, religion or creed—it will effect us all, it does affect  us all. In this feature series we aim to open the flood gates and take a  candid look at one of the most pressing issues of our time.
“Water scarcity will rival sea level rise as one of the most serious consequences of global climate disruption,” explains Dr. Allen Hershkowitz, Distinguished Professor in Sustainability Management at Presidio Graduate School and a 26-year veteran Senior Scientist at the Natural Resources Defense Council. “Freshwater shortages are already a global concern in Africa, India, and China, and in the southwest U.S. they are inevitable. In southern Spain, farmers and developers are so desperate for water that they are buying and selling water obtained from illegal wells on the black market. In the developing world, almost 3 billion people, or about one-half of the world’s population, already live in areas of severe water stress—virtually no water, 3 billion people—and an additional 1 billion people are approaching that situation,”  Dr. Hershkowitz posits.
In regards to the U.S., Dr. Hershkowitz iterates, “Our fastest growing regions have become our driest: Arizona, New Mexico, Nevada, Utah, and Southern California. The flow of the Colorado River is at its lowest levels since measurements began at Lee’s Ferry, Arizona, more than 90 years ago. Thirty million people in seven states and parts of Mexico depend on the Colorado River for water. The level of water in the Lake Mead reservoir behind the Hoover Dam on the Colorado River, the largest reservoir in the USA, has not been this low since 1937, when it was being filled for the first time. Lake Mead supplies virtually all the water used by Las Vegas.  It is more than half empty, will never be full again, and has  a 50 percent chance of running dry by 2021, less than ten  years away.” And this is only the tip of the melting iceberg.

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So what do drought conditions mean? According to the CDC, drought conditions (shortage or lack of water) can not only affect the public in health and sanitation declines and increases of infectious disease, but also cause food and nutritional deficiencies as well as, according to CDC’s Climate and Health Program Director Dr. George Luber, “…Reduce air quality and compromise the health of people with certain conditions.”

Water scarcity means further depletion of resources, which does more than touch the already volatile lives of those in third world countries. It means millions of people not having access to uncontaminated water or the dignity of a toilet. It means millions of lives tied up every day to the simple task of water acquirement, and an increased risk for disease and pandemic outbreaks. It means millions living in regions growing more and more unstable due to the lack of perhaps the single most important resource on earth. It means black markets and inhumane privatization. It means that more people have died from lack of water accessibility and water contamination than in all of the wars combined, and the numbers will only grow.

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Mark Twain once wrote, “The whiskey is for drinking. The water is for fighting over,” and it seems he wasn’t just waxing poetic. Reductions in water and food resources combined with public health issues is an amalgamated recipe for political disaster with its implications already visible, however not widely spoken about, in countries like Syria, Palestine, and Iran. In March, a report from the office of the US Director  of National Intelligence said the risk of conflict would grow  as water demand is set to outstrip sustainable supplies by  40 percent by 2030.  “These threats are real and they do raise serious national security concerns,” Hillary Clinton, the then US Secretary of State, said after the report’s release. Strategists from Israel to Central Asia are preparing for strife.
Water shortage is not just an inconvenience. It is obvious that water availability and aquatic health are intensely important subjects mired in multi-faceted issues which make resolution and sustainability politically, economically, and socially complicated. More pressing than the threat of nuclear war or terrorist attack, this is an impending problem we will all have to face within our lifetimes or within our children’s lifetimes—no matter from which corner of the world we hail. In the following parts to this series we will continue to touch upon each level of threat to our water health and sustainability, shedding light on a global problem. The answer to the complex issue of water scarcity can begin in small steps like first remembering the next time we turn on the faucet that an American taking a shower uses more water than the average person in the rest of the world uses in an entire day, and then acting to change that statistic. This is a problem hastened by the waste of humans, and we must collectively work toward a solution—after all, our survival depends on it.

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Limelight: The Keeper, The Legend of Omar Khayyam

Film and Entertainment, Uncategorized

By Star Noor

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While this film is in no way new, it is important for so many reasons.

As a Persian-American woman, I find myself dismayed by the lack of real information in our media and entertainment sectors when it comes to the Persian culture.  We hear so much about the façade of politics in Iran, but not much is known by the Western world about the culture that has influenced the world for thousands of years.  An ancient land with many stories to tell, “The Keeper, The Legend of Omar Khayyam,” is a masterpiece which embraces the beauty and the complexities of a time gone by through the art of storytelling, making use of a life’s journey of a world renowned figure.

The story goes like this: Kamran is a 12 year old boy in the present day who discovers that his ancestor is the 11th Century Mathematician, Astronomer, Poet of Persia, Omar Khayyam. The story has been passed down in his family from one generation to another, and now it is his responsibility to keep the story alive for future generations. The film takes us from the modern day to the epic past where the relationship between Omar Khayyam, Hassan Sabbah (the original creator of the sect of Assassins) and their mutual love for a beautiful woman separate them from their eternal bond of friendship. Filmed almost entirely on location in Samarkand and Bukhara, Uzbekistan.

A masterpiece of its time, it is a beautifully told tale of love, revenge, survival, passion, forgiveness, and poetry.  Open the door to the mysterious and romantic world of Persia, now, and then.

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The Rubaiyat Of Omar Khayyam – Poem by Omar Khayyam

Translated into English in 1859 by Edward FitzGerald

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Awake! for Morning in the Bowl of Night
Has flung the Stone that puts the Stars to Flight:
And Lo! the Hunter of the East has caught
The Sultan’s Turret in a Noose of Light.

II.
Dreaming when Dawn’s Left Hand was in the Sky
I heard a voice within the Tavern cry,
‘Awake, my Little ones, and fill the Cup
Before Life’s Liquor in its Cup be dry.’

III.
And, as the Cock crew, those who stood before
The Tavern shouted – ‘Open then the Door!
You know how little while we have to stay,
And, once departed, may return no more.’

IV.
Now the New Year reviving old Desires,
The thoughtful Soul to Solitude retires,
Where the White Hand of Moses on the Bough
Puts out, and Jesus from the Ground suspires.

 

 

Get the film on Netflix:

https://dvd.netflix.com/Movie/The-Keeper-The-Legend-of-Omar-Khayyam/70043415

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Men We Love: Dr. Do Good Doctor Mike, More Than Just A Pretty Face

Celebrity

By Star Noor, Features Editor, Coco Eco Magazine

FIRST PUBLISHED IN COCO ECO MAGAZINE, 2016

 

Hunky doctors with a great smile, and a lovely disposition is well, the stuff dreams are made of for most of us gals; so, it’s no wonder that when Dr. Mikhail Varshavski D.O. (aka Dr. Mike) started his Instagram account, we paid attention. His social media fame has brought him media attention, but it is his winning spirit and giving nature that has many of us wanting to know more.

He is tall, dark, and handsome – that is already established, but more importantly he is using his new found fame and his skilled mind to do good for the rest of the human community by volunteering his time, and starting a foundation that helps people reach their goals and dreams as well. As the old adage goes, teaching a person to fish is after-all the greatest gift we can give to each other – time, skill, and belief are the ultimate forms of love bestowed upon others and Dr. Mike has no problem offering that to others as is evident both in his social media outreach and in his latest venture, The Limitless Tomorrow Foundation.

Being a doctor for him, was like being in the family business. He explains, “My family and I immigrated to the states when I was just 6 years old.  My father was a physician back in Russia but in coming to America he had to start medical training from scratch and in a foreign language to boot. I watched him work his way through medical school and residency, an incredibly difficult feat for someone in their 40’s. Because of this I was exposed to medicine at an early age. I witnessed how he interacted with his patients. They were more than patients. They came to him for health advice, life advice and even love advice at times. I grew enamored with the thought that I can go into a career where I didn’t have clients but Instead had friends, friends who trust me with their lives and the lives of their loved ones.”

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This way of thinking is indicative in all that Dr. Mike does.  His life philosophy is a simple and noble notion, as he states; “”Know thyself”. In any endeavor that you set out upon the first step will always be to be able to understand who you are. You must know your strengths, your limitations, your likes and your dislikes.  I see people in horrible jobs or in horrible relationships all the time and it’s not because they aren’t smart, it’s because they forgot to know who they are as individuals first. There are so many people out there chasing dreams that aren’t their own. You have to step outside your comfort zone, explore the world around you, and only then can you have some sense about who you are and where you should be going. “

In knowing himself, he is a humble man who in regards to his popularity has this to say, “I’m still in awe of the term “Instagram-Fame”. I don’t understand how it came about that I am now recognizable on the street in countries all around the world. I’m so grateful for all the doors it has opened in my career. I’ve always been incredibly passionate about helping others and educating on medical topics. Now instead of teaching one patient in my office I’m able to reach over 2 million people right at home.  I am a realist and understand that most follow me because they find me attractive. I don’t shy away from that kind of attention. I think that if I can catch a young girl’s attention with my looks and in the process convince her to come in for her cancer screening or teach her something about her health, my mission as a doctor has been accomplished. Being popular on social media allows an individual great amount of influence and I intend on using mine to make everyone in the world healthier and excited about staying that way. “

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Helping the world be healthier is a multi-faceted ordeal as being happy, as many of us have found, is directly correlated to being and staying healthy.  As such, Dr. Mike and The Limitless Tomorrow Foundation are in fact helping people realize themselves and live happy healthy lives by making the playing ground a bit more leveled for those who might otherwise fall through the cracks despite their dreams, skills, and tireless efforts. “Ever since I gained my popularity on social media I’ve been trying to find a way to use my influence for the greater good. I looked at my own situation and saw a loophole in our system. I was always one of the top 20 or so students in my classes, I was involved in many extracurricular projects, but it was always the top 5 students who got the scholarships. I thought that was ludicrous. I do not believe that grades are the sole aspect that students should be based on when distributing scholarships. As a physician I treat my patients as a whole, so why wouldn’t I treat students the same? Now my foundation can gift scholarships and funding based on the whole student and not just their grades. The future world leaders will need to be well-rounded and that’s precisely the type of applicants we are looking for. We want to give money to those who have a great vision for the world ahead of them.”

He believes that Education is the greatest obstacle of our time.  He explains, “So many of our worldly conflicts are due to misunderstandings and poor communication. Education is lacking throughout the world. Most importantly the education of common sense. Don’t get me wrong, It’s incredibly important to have kids learn the basics in the classic subjects (language, mathematics, sciences, etc.). But we often overlook the importance of teaching children how to think on their own. We give them the knowledge that 2+2=4 but never teach them how to question that 2+2=5.”

The awe-inspiring physician assures that unlike many others, he did not set out to become web-famous, “I started sharing my journey throughout medical school in the hopes of showing all the naysayers out there that it is possible to get a great medical education while having fun at the same time. I always made sure my studies came first, but I never slacked off on my fitness or social activities. This shocked many. People thought I was just a model pretending to be a doctor on social media. I put myself out there to break that stigma that you do NOT have to give up your life to practice medicine.”

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When he’s not busy taking care of others, as his Instagram also indicates, he enjoys tennis and competitive training, and he loves to spend time with his dog Roxy.  “Roxy, my husky holds a special place in my heart. My father and I had a terrible loss several years ago of my mother and we were in a very negative place. With both of us being physicians it was hard to lose someone so close in our lives, especially so early in her life. My father and I needed a positive outlet. I decided that I would fulfill my father’s childhood dream of getting a husky. I still remember the tears rolling down his face when I brought her home as a puppy. Since Roxy came into our lives we have had something to look forward to every evening coming home from work. She means everything to us and I really do believe she carries my mom’s spirit within her.”

What else can be said after that?  Our hats off to you, Mikhail.

 

He’s a Soul Man: Jon Bon Jovi

Celebrity, Film and Entertainment

By: Star Noor, Features and Culinary Editor, Coco Eco Magazine

FIRST PUBLISHED IN COCO ECO MAGAZINE, 2016

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He’s a Soul Man. A man who truly believes in the power of giving hope, and hope he gives to thousands of people all around the country, and the globe.

Many of us know the front-man Jon Bon Jovi from the 80’s rock and roll “hairband” Bon Jovi, or as an Oscar nominated actor in films such as Armageddon, Stand Up Guys, or Pain and Gain. His rock anthems have crossed decades and are virtually known the world over. He is by far one of the most celebrated and well-rounded legends of rock, but what’s interesting about today’s man we love is what’s behind the scenes of all the sex, drugs, and rock and roll persona of his celebrity. What’s best about Jon is his can-do attitude and his giving nature.

Born John Francis Bongiovi Jr., it’s no secret Jon is a Jersey Boy. So it’s no surprise that much of what he has undertaken in his philanthropic endeavors focuses on the Northeast region of this country.

With his giving hands are in many baskets, Jon and his wife Dorothea Bongiovi created and maintain the JBJ Soul Foundation, originally known as the Philadelphia Soul Arena Football League (AFL), which launched in 2004 and was founded by Bon Jovi and Craig A. Spencer but underwent a name change in August of 2009 making it the current day organization. This is a foundation which focuses on “bringing about positive change and helping the lives of those in need ONE SOUL AT A TIME.”

According to the foundation’s website, the object of their dedication is to help break the cycle of poverty and homelessness by combating “the issues which force families and individuals into economic despair.”

It is no wonder then, that this year Bon Jovi is set to be honored by the Clinton Foundation as the awardee of the Clinton Global Citizen Award on September 19th, 2016, marking a great year to be celebrating the 10th anniversary of JBJSF itself as well. Bon Jovi said, “There are so many wonderful causes and so many passionate people that are addressing them. We have been inspired by so many of our in-need neighbors who have come seeking help;” with Dorothea adding, “This is happening across our nation,” she said. “When there’s 15 percent of children going to be hungry at night in a nation like ours, that’s not an issue it takes a scientist to solve,” Bon Jovi concluded.

Currently, he and Dorothea are hard at work with several initiatives which aid and educate the public in the relief and prevention of poverty. Through the creation of JBJ Soul Kitchen and now the extended partnerships with the Food Bank of Monmouth and Ocean Counties, The Peoples Pantry and the David Tepper Charitable Foundation to provide $5 million in services to needy families in the B.E.A.T. (Bringing Everyone All Together) Center’s first year of operation. This partnership with local charities and fellow wealthy philanthropists to create B.E.A.T. has brought to the community a one stop hub for nutritional assistance, healthcare, and culinary related job training (opened in May of 2016 in Tom’s River, New Jersey). JBJ and team have successfully helped feed thousands of folks otherwise unable to provide nutritionally sound meals for themselves; in a shore town ravaged by super-storm Sandy back in Oct. of 2012; a township still struggling to rebuild. However, the center was created to offset a need which according to Bon Jovi “predated” the storm’ wrath of destruction. In this place, an unfortunate 1 in 5 residences live in poverty, and the need for assistance is widespread and crippling.

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JBJ Soul Kitchen is perhaps one of the most unique and inviting restaurants in the world. Their motto, ALL ARE WELCOME TO OUR TABLE, is truly withstanding. With 54, 653 meals served, and a menu lacking prices, the organization hopes to bring to all people good food, made well, and served with “dignity”. No other work can be better since we all know that without dignity, all else is likely lost. In this farm-to-table eatery instead of set cash commodity, patrons are asked to either make a minimum donation to cover the cost of their own meals or larger donations to help offset the cost of meals for those who can only enjoy sustainable nutrition through volunteering. Only one hour of volunteer time will cover each meal consumed per day, and volunteering can lead to qualifying for job training which is integral to combating poverty and plight. As of date only 40% of meals served are earned volunteer meals and 60% are paid with donations, showing the steadfast support the program is receiving from the communities in which it is organized. Dedicated to “eliminating hunger, building relationships, and celebrating community,” JBJ Soul Kitchen has two locations in Red Bank and Tom’s River New Jersey, serving hope with every three course American regional cuisine plated to the public.

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Additionally, Bon Jovi is working to end homelessness through JBJ Soul Homes which has created subsidized low-income housing as far away as South Africa. Currently, in conjunction with Project H.O.M.E. and People for People Inc., JBJSH has donated $20 million to build a 55-unit permanent low-income housing for adults in Philadelphia, including units dedicated to young adults, all of which are fully furnished. This repurposed and modernized building not only helps provide housing for those in need, but also helps to revive a community and sustain a local charity with its 12,477 square feet of retail space leased to help support People for People Inc..

Alongside being honored at the GCA, Bon Jovi will be also be performing, as well as Andrea Bocelli. “This House is Not for Sale”, Bon Jovi’s new album will be released October 21st of 2016.

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Do your part, get involved.  Hope is delicious.

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Revolutionary: Leonardo Di Caprio

Celebrity, Travel

By Star Noor

FIRST PUBLISHED IN COCO ECO MAGAZINE, 2015

UPDATED NOVEMBER 14, 2016

By now, it’s not news that Leonardo DiCaprio is passionate about the environment. From being one of the first in Hollywood to embrace a hybrid vehicle to his ever-growing portfolio of ecological initiatives, this fearless trail-blazer continues to make his mark on the both the world of entertainment and the world as a whole. From raising the siren about the planet’s excessive carbon usage, to protecting elephants and fighting for our oceans, he is relentless in bringing pertinent knowledge to awaken the general public alongside his organization, the Leonardo DiCaprio Foundation.
His recent project is his collaboration with Tree Media, and the short films narrated called ‘Green World Rising.’ This four part series artfully tells the story of the world’s carbon emissions and the dangers we face as a direct result. Leo emphasizes, “97% of the world’s scientists agree: climate change is happening right now — and humans are responsible;” he furthers, “We cannot sit idly by and watch the fossil fuel industry make billions at our collective expense. We must put a price on carbon — now.” Leonardo’s commitment to the planet brought him to the United Nation’s Climate Change Summit this September, where he was globally recognized for his participation. Not only walking the streets of NYC in the Climate March, he was designated as a UN Messenger of Peace (special focus on climate change) by UN Secretary-General, Ban Ki moon, and brought down the house with a rousing and genuine speech, encouraging government and industry to take decisive widespread action to correct accelerating climate change.

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“I stand before you not as an expert but as a concerned citizen, one of the 400,000 people who marched in the streets of New York on Sunday, and the billions of others around the world who want to solve our climate crisis,” he said to the U.N., “As an actor I pretend for a living. I play fictitious characters often solving fictitious problems. I believe humankind has looked at climate change in that same way: as if it were a fiction, happening to someone else’s planet, as if pretending that climate change wasn’t real would somehow make it go away. But I think we know better than that… I beg you to face it with courage. And honesty.”

Since then, Leonardo has had many other eco-conscious ventures, and some protests.  One of the most recent is a massive 104 acres off of the coast of Belize which he purchased  10 years ago for $1.75 million dollars, Blackdore Caye.  Waiting to find the right developer to start construction, he is currently building the eco-resort dreams are made of.  According to the NY Times, after a decade of patience, DiCaprio has brought Restorative Islands L.L.C. on to do the job, which is expected to be ready for guests in 2018.

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Lead design architect Jean-Michel Gathy, known for his work with Aman and One&Only, drew inspiration from Belize’s ancient Mayan ruins, with minimalist designs that subtly nod to Central American pyramids while remaining resolutely modern, and thatched roofs over plenty of natural materials such as wood and marble.

Paul Scialla, a partner at Blackadore Development Group, says the “goal is to create a development true to the history of the area.” Sustainability and environmental integrity will continue to remain top priorities during construction, which will start early next year,” he says.

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“From a materials standpoint, our plan is to source as much local materials as possible that support the local economy and minimize emissions.”

There will be 36 residential homes and 36 bungalows to rent spread over the island’s 104 acres.

 

And even more news as of this week, The History Channel has green lit Leo’s 8 hour docuseries ‘Frontiersmen’, which is producing in conjunction with his Appian Way Productions and Stephen David Entertainment.

“Frontiersmen” will follow stories of iconic pioneers, including Daniel Boone, Lewis and Clark, Tecumseh, Davy Crocket and Andrew Jackson as they set forth across untamed land. The series will span across the first 75 years from the post-revolutionary war colonies through the California Gold Rush, highlighting a formative period in U.S. history that helped shape us from colonists into today’s Americans.

“During these years, America went from the opportunity of land to the land of opportunity and it was a bloody struggle throughout,” said Paul Cabana, History’s EVP and head of programming. “From Crockett to Boone, we’ll tell the bold stories of these adventurous trailblazers who explored the uncharted wilderness and became the icons we know today.”

From the very first of his career, Leo has shown the world what it means to care.  History, politics, worthwhile entertainment, sustainability and eco-consciousness – the list goes on and on, when it comes to how Leo helps the world; as if his talent and charms weren’t enough.  We love you #LeonardoDiCaprio, you handsome devil you.

 

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