That Brad Pitt. Saving the world one solar-powered house at a time.
Brad, who's helping to help rebuild New Orleans, is involved with the Global Green USA project and sat down for a chat with NBC's Ann Curry to talk about his passion for the environment and his and Angelina Jolie's new hometown. The interview, which airs Wednesday and Thursday on Today, taps into Brad's devotion to making this world a better place.
Here are some colorful excerpts:
On making the New Orleans re-build eco-friendly: "The first thing that gets sacrificed in affordable housing is lights, ventilation. You see here we got great light. There's windows everywhere. There is this great breeze coming in...And I think, for the family that's going to be here, especially being a father, that it's got to feel good to know that he's giving his family a better way of life. That he's able to contribute that way. Not only that, this house does not poison the environment."
On one particular inspiration: "I know a lot of the people here. I care very much for the area. I met a 60 year old man who...said [to me], 'I did everything right. I got a job. I bought a home. I raised my kids in that home. They did the same. Now...we're all split apart and we've been wiped out...What do I do?' And he's right...that's unacceptable. So any debate on 'should we rebuild, should we not' -- I'll take you on."
On taking advantage of natural elements: "The idea that we pay utility bills is absolutely unnecessary...There's the sun. It's right there to be harnessed. You feel the breeze that's been created here. And we got water right out there. Any one of these can be harnessed...It's simple. It's smart. It's the way we have to be thinking. There's a lot of problems in the world right now because of our dependency on oil."
I commend Brad for his work, but often wonder how far these celebrities go in their own personal life to help the environment. Does Brad shake his head disapprovingly when Angie blow dries her hair? Does he think, "Use the sun -- frizz is just one price we pay for the wellness of our planet"?