Green cred: Brosnan's activism dates back to his struggles to find a cure for his first wife's ovarian cancer.
"I heard about the Pacific yew tree (a rain forest tree whose cancer-fighting properties have excited researchers for the past 15 years) and how this potential treatment was being burned to the ground and lost forever to clear the rain forests for cattle," he says. It was the catalyst that propelled Brosnan into a life of eco activism. He met his current wife, Keely Shaye Smith, in Mexico on a green mission. The couple has worked on a wide array of causes, including safeguarding standards for dolphin-safe tuna, protecting African elephants and fighting against the logging of California's old-growth redwoods.
Focus: "Oceans, rivers and the air we breathe," says Brosnan.
Latest battles: Helping Ted Danson with his campaign for Oceana; working with the NRDC on their campaign against the Navy's use of low-frequency sonar; fighting hard against the development of a liquefied natural gas terminal off the coast of Malibu/Oxnard.
Eco mantra: "I just have to look at my two boys to know I want to do everything in my power so they can have a good future on this planet."
He may be more well known for his role as James Bond than for his eco-activism, but don’t be fooled — Irish actor Pierce Brosnan is serious about protecting the planet. In 2008, he was inducted into Environmental Hall of Fame as a “dedicated environmental activist.” As we reported in in 2010, Brosnan and his wife have donated more than $1 million to environmental projects, including, “protecting marine life, conserving wetlands, pursuing clean air and water campaigns and partnering with the Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC) to prevent Navy sonar systems from being deployed since they are notorious for pushing already endangered seafaring creatures species over the brink into extinction…[Brosnan] also holds a position on Oceana’s Ocean Council, is a member of the Sea Shepherd’s Board of Advisors and has been a long-term UNICEF Ireland ambassador.
To top it off, the Brosnan family lives in what might be one of the most eco-friendly houses in the U.S. The Malibu mansion’s features include:
Amount of solar photovoltaics integrated is so great, that the Brosnans can actually sell the surplus electricity generated back to the grid.
All water is recycled on site. Home also features a waste disposal system and a solar-powered revolving compost heap.