It’s always exciting to see a celebrity take an interest in animal rights and environmental protection issues. When you know that a famous person is using their influence to raise awareness for how important it is to fight for our planet’s survival, they cannot help but rise in your estimation. It’s no secret that we LOVE Leonardo DiCaprio for his many efforts to speak out on behalf of endangered animals, factory farmed animals, and our Earth as a whole. In recent months, it has also been incredibly refreshing to hear a wide range of famous faces, from Miley Cyrus to Ellie Goulding to Stevie Wonder, speak openly about their decision to move toward a planet-based diet, and how this decision has changed their lives.

And now, it looks like the actor Adrian Grenier can be added to our list of amazing celebrities who actually care about the health of the planet we live on, and all of its inhabitants. The star recently shared a picture to his Instagram account, revealing that two of his heroes are none other than the esteemed marine biologist Sylvia Earle and primatologist Jane Goodall!


He introduced the women as “two of my heroes,” and advised his followers to “listen to what they have to say (and) follow them to the beginning of the earth.”


Earle is renowned for her lifelong devotion to researching and protecting threatened marine life. She has previously spoken about her decision to stop eating fish in an effort to protect our world’s oceans, saying that as she observed marine animals in their natural habitat, she began to move toward “seeing them as something other than pieces of meat on a plate, swimming in lemon slices and butter … The oxygen that replenishes every breath you take comes from an ocean that is filled with life.”

Meanwhile, Goodall’s groundbreaking research on wild primates has dramatically enhanced our understanding of how these animals live. She, too, has voiced her concern for animals and the environment on many occasions. One particularly powerful message she had to share was: “You cannot get through a single day without having an impact on the world around you. What you do makes a difference, and you have to decide what kind of difference you want to make.”

It is heartening to see that Grenier is conscious of both women’s contribution to the well-being of our planet. He himself is no slouch when it comes to animal protection issues, having produced a documentary called “52: The Search for the Loneliest Whale in the World” last year. The documentary told the story of a solitary whale in the Pacific Ocean who calls out at a frequency of 52Hz, which is not recognized by any other whales. He told TIME that on his journey with the crew to locate the whale, he hoped to “connect with him so as to better understand what he has to say, not only about the plight of whales as they fight to survive ocean noise pollution, but also what he has to say about us and our humanity and ability to connect with nature.”


Grenier’s identification of Goodall and Earle as two of his heroes shows that he has become a lot more clued-in about the urgent need to protect marine life and is now willing and ready to do something about it. Let’s hope that his example inspires others to follow suit!

Image Source: Adrian Grenier/Instagram