The Standing Rock Sioux tribe is attempting to stop plans for the Dakota Access Pipeline to be built across their reservation, saying it will destroy indigenous burial grounds and contaminate their only water source. Although the issue has been around for some time, some heavy weight celebs are really getting behind the cause.
Actor Mark Ruffalo, an outspoken environmental activist, also joined anti-pipeline protestors on the ground in North Dakota and posted this to his Instagram on Thursday.
Young Actress Shailene Woodley, star of The Fault In Our Stars and the Divergent series, has even been arrested along with 26 other people on misdemeanor charges of criminal trespass and engaging in a riot, which together carry a maximum punishment of two months in jail and $3,000 (£2,500) in fines. She even live streamed the event on her Facebook for over 40k viewers.
Since the highest publicised event has been followed by only more support by other celebrities.
Chris Hemsworth posted this picture on Instagram on Thursday as a show of solidarity with the protesters of the Standing Rock pipeline. Chris says in the post:
“I would also like to take this opportunity to raise something that has been bothering me for sometime. Last New Year’s Eve I was at a ‘Lone Ranger’ themed party where some of us, myself included, wore the traditional dress of First Nations people. I was stupidly unaware of the offence this may have caused and the sensitivity around this issue. I sincerely and unreservedly apologise to all First Nations people for this thoughtless action. I now appreciate that there is a great need for a deeper understanding of the complex and extensive issues facing indigenous communities. I hope that in highlighting my own ignorance I can help in some small way.”
Thats not all- Ben Affleck, Ray Fisher, Gal Gadot, Jason Momoa and Ezra Miller — all cast members of the upcoming “Justice League” movie — filmed an endorsement for Rezpect Our Water, an anti-pipeline campaign created by young members of the tribe. See below.
Many in Hollywood have become outspoken activists on environmental issues, like climate change and fracking. Earlier this year, Ruffalo narrated and produced, “Dear President Obama: The Clean Energy Revolution Is Now,” a documentary looking at Obama’s environmental legacy. More recently Leonardo DiCaprio produced “Before the Flood” a feature length documentary where he meets with scientists, activists and world leaders to discuss the dangers of climate change and possible solutions. Watch it free here.