Tuesday, May 19, 2009

Rachelle Carson-Begley

Yesterday I had the pleasure of speaking with activist, actress, producer, mother, wife, and fitness instructor, Rachelle Carson-Begley. I chose Rachelle for PGC's premier celebrity interview for all of the reasons above and because she sticks out in my mind when I think of being "fashionably green": Smart. Beautiful. Environmentally conscious.

I asked Rachelle for some tips on going green- what are some good ways to start? "Start small," she suggests. "Start with changes that are most important to you. If it's saving money, get compact florescent light bulbs. If it's beauty products, investigate your lotion and make up ingredients (check out The Campaign for Safe Cosmetics). If it's food, replace a couple of items with organic versions. But most importantly, recycle! And stop buying plastics!"
Another way to go green is to contribute organizations who are acting on a grander scale. Rachelle sits on the board of Green Wish which officially launched last month (on Earth Day). The organization takes website submissions from local communities and pairs them with donations to help them fulfill their 'green wishes' and raise awareness for their causes. Donations are taken on a "give what you can" basis via websites like Your Cause.

In addition to being an eco-activist, Rachelle remains deeply committed to social issues and is involved with The Alliance for Children's Rights. On June 2nd The Alliance will host it's 2nd annual Dinner with Friends, a fundraiser for their NextSTEP Program for Transitioning Youth. The event is open to the public and tickets information is available on the Alliance's website.
So what's next for this renaissance woman? Her plate is pretty full. Rachelle and husband, actor and activist, Ed Begley, Jr., hope to embark on season 3 of the Environmental Media Award winning "Living with Ed." The reality television show follows the couple as they live the green life. The last two seasons have run on HGTV, but they've since moved on to the Planet Green channel. Check local listings for showtimes.
Some other possible futures endeavers may include a blog, a green channel on momtv.com, or even a clothing line. What can't this lady do?

2 comments:

  1. i recently saw her interviewed on oprah. you're right, she's great.

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  2. We love Rachelle and love going green on MomTV. Rachelle is also involved with Green Wish a non-profit helping communities go green.

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