George Clooney (born May 6, 1961 in Lexington, Kentucky) is an award-winning American actor, director, producer and philanthropist who has had an inspiring career in entertainment and made significant contributions supporting human rights and social justice causes around the world.
Major career milestones include:
Played title role in 1997’s Batman & Robin
Earned first Oscar nomination for Best Supporting Actor in 2005’s Syriana
Won Best Supporting Actor Oscar and Golden Globe for 2005’s Syriana
Won Golden Globe for Best Actor for 2013’s The Descendants
Won Academy Award as producer of 2012’s Best Picture winner Argo
Directed, produced and starred in critically acclaimed films like Good Night, and Good Luck and The Ides of March
In terms of social impact, Clooney has advocated for human rights and peace through philanthropic initiatives like Not On Our Watch which he co-founded in 2008. The group worked to stop genocide in Darfur. He has supported aid efforts following disasters such as the 2010 Haiti earthquake and has endorsed the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals. Clooney has also championed refugees, LGBTQ+ rights, and the Me Too movement against sexual harassment in Hollywood. He is respected for using his voice and celebrity platform to spotlight important global causes.
Clooney exemplifies inspirational achievement both in his acting career and in working towards positive change in the world. His talents, fame and principled stands for human dignity make him a powerful force for good.
The Social Impact of Actor George Clooney
George Clooney is one of the most famous and beloved actors in the world. He is also a passionate philanthropist and activist who has used his platform to raise awareness of and support important social causes.
Early Life and Career
Clooney was born in Lexington, Kentucky, in 1961. He began his acting career in the late 1980s, appearing in a number of television shows and films. He achieved his breakthrough role in 1994 with the NBC medical drama ER.
Clooney has since starred in a number of successful films, including Out of Sight (1998), O Brother, Where Art Thou? (2000), Ocean’s Eleven (2001), Michael Clayton (2007), Up in the Air (2009), and The Descendants (2011). He has won two Academy Awards, one for Best Supporting Actor for his role in Syriana (2005) and one for Best Picture for producing the film Argo (2012).
Philanthropy and Activism
Clooney is a vocal advocate for a number of social causes, including human rights, environmental protection, and education. He is a co-founder of the Satellitarian Sentinel Project, which uses satellite imagery to monitor conflict zones and document human rights abuses. He is also a co-founder of Not On Our Watch, a non-profit organization that works to prevent mass atrocities and provide humanitarian relief to victims of conflict.
Clooney has been involved in a number of other charitable initiatives, including:
- Serving as a United Nations Messenger of Peace
- Donating $1 million to the victims of the 2010 Haiti earthquake
- Raising money for the Enough Project, which works to end genocide and crimes against humanity
- Campaigning for gun control in the United States
Clooney’s social impact is significant. He has used his platform to raise awareness of important social causes and inspire others to take action. He has also donated significant amounts of money to charitable organizations and played a key role in founding several non-profit organizations.
Clooney is a passionate advocate for human rights. He has spoken out against human rights abuses in Darfur, Sudan, and Myanmar. He has also worked to raise awareness of the plight of refugees and asylum seekers.
In 2006, Clooney co-founded the Satellitarian Sentinel Project with actor Don Cheadle. The project uses satellite imagery to monitor conflict zones and document human rights abuses. The Sentinel Project has played a key role in documenting the atrocities committed by the Sudanese government in Darfur.
In 2009, Clooney co-founded the Enough Project with Cheadle and John Prendergast. The Enough Project is a non-profit organization that works to end genocide and crimes against humanity. The Enough Project has played a key role in raising awareness of the conflict in Darfur and advocating for action to end the violence.
Clooney is also a strong advocate for environmental protection. He has spoken out against climate change and other environmental threats. He has also donated money to environmental organizations and worked to raise awareness of environmental issues.
In 2017, Clooney donated $1 million to the Southern Environmental Law Center to support their work to protect the environment in the Southeast United States. He has also spoken out against the Trump administration’s environmental policies.
Clooney is a supporter of education and has donated money to schools and universities. He has also spoken out about the importance of education for all children.
In 2012, Clooney donated $1 million to the Clooney Foundation for Justice to support their work to promote human rights and education. The Clooney Foundation for Justice has also supported a number of other educational initiatives, including the Malala Fund, which provides scholarships to girls in developing countries.
George Clooney is one of the most influential actors in the world. He has used his platform to raise awareness of important social causes and inspire others to take action. He has also donated significant amounts of money to charitable organizations and played a key role in founding several non-profit organizations.
Clooney’s social impact is significant. He has helped to make the world a better place through his activism and philanthropy.
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Additional Examples of Clooney’s Social Impact
- In 2011, Clooney and his wife, Amal Clooney, donated $1 million to the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) to support their work in Somalia.
- In 2012, Clooney and Amal Clooney donated $1 million to the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis.
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By Dr Steve Smith, originally published by University of Oxford news on 23 September 2021.
Dr Steve Smith is executive director of the Oxford Net Zero Initiative and the CO2RE hub, which is focussed on greenhouse gas removal.
Cleaning up waste may not sound like the most exciting, cutting-edge area of innovation. But, in the context of climate action, it is an entirely accurate description.
Carbon dioxide (CO2) is the waste emitted from fossil fuels, and much of the focus about combatting climate change has been on cutting emissions. Increasingly, though, there is also role for cleaning up the waste that is already present – quite literally removing CO2 from the air.
We have several well-known, cost-effective ways to avoid emissions at source, from renewable power to electric transport. But there are some activities – such as agriculture and aviation – for which it is virtually impossible to eliminate all emissions, at least in the foreseeable future. In the waste management business, there is a well-established hierarchy: reduce, reuse, recycle, recover, dispose. The same can apply to the climate. Reducing the production of waste CO2 is the priority, but the story should not stop there.
CO2 removal is critical to reaching net zero emissions. And it opens up the option of going “net negative”, which is needed in several pathways that meet the Paris Agreement. According to the government’s advisers, the UK’s net zero target will involve directly removing 100 million tonnes of CO2 from the atmosphere each year, by 2050. (This is in addition to eliminating almost all emissions from electricity, surface transport, manufacturing, and heating and cooling buildings.)
And 100 million tonnes is not a small amount of waste. It is equivalent to all the current emissions from surface transport, our largest-emitting sector. It means creating a new removals industry within 30 years. Much of this might be in rural areas, where land can be restored, and on the coasts and the North Sea where CO2 can be piped and stored – areas which can do with new opportunities as the industries of the past decline.
Interest in removals is rising rapidly in response to this urgent need. At Oxford, we are leading a new UKRI-backed Greenhouse Gas Removal Hub.
Our aims are three-fold:
- To identify and evaluate different removal techniques, sifting the ineffective ones and supporting those with promise;
- To understand and provide solutions for the economic, social and political factors which influence deployment; and
- To foster a bigger, more diverse and more capable community of removal research and practice in the UK.
We are working closely with five demonstration projects around the country, each looking at new, improved ways to capture and store carbon on land – for example through trees, biochar and peatlands. Research shows that working with nature has significant potential. But these can only scale-up so far, and the carbon can be re-released if land managers change their practices or fires and pests invade.
Other technologies are starting to emerge which can permanently store greater amounts of CO2. Just this month in Iceland, operation commenced at a facility to separate CO2 from air using fans, chemicals and heat, and then mineralise it in volcanic rocks. The largest project of its kind, at 4,000 tonnes per year, this technology has a long way to go before operating at scale. But it is an exciting step forward.
In North Yorkshire, the UK’s largest power station, Drax, is trialling the capture of CO2 from its bio-powered generators. It hopes to connect to a pipeline which might send the CO2 (taken out of the air by the biomass as it grows) to be stored under the North Sea. If realised, it can capture 8 million tonnes per year.
While a range of different techniques are emerging, they will not develop unless businesses and land managers see some kind of benefit to using them.
Current incentives are scant. Many carbon pricing schemes (such as the EU and UK Emissions Trading Systems) only offer a price for emission reduction, not removal. So there is scope for innovation in policy as well as technology.
Oxford researchers are making strides on this too, developing ideas such as a “carbon takeback obligation” on emitters, or financing removals through “debt” repayments on the “loan” of carbon to the atmosphere.
New ideas are not just coming from the UK. In the US, leading tech companies such as Microsoft, Stripe and Shopify are putting voluntary funds into early-stage removal technology alongside the federal government.
The UK has the opportunity to become a testbed for removals policy and governance. Ahead of hosting the COP26 negotiations in November, the government is expected to set out its plan for how the UK will achieve net zero emissions by 2050. And within that, for the first time, will be a strategy for scaling up greenhouse gas removal.
Greenhouse gas removal is here and growing. The question is not whether to do it, but how to do it sustainably, equitably and rapidly, on the road to net zero and beyond. There are a fascinating few years ahead, especially in the waste disposal business.
Read more about Oxford’s climate research and action at True Planet.
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