You might know him as the brave, wild warrior and leader Khal Drogo from “Game of Thrones” or as the title character in “Aquaman,” but Jason Momoa is more than everyone’s favorite long-haired, muscle-honed action hero. In real life, Momoa has zeroed-in on tackling climate change.
He was a marine and wildlife major during his undergrad at Colorado State University. He is now a United Nations SDGs advocate, using his 17 million follower base to call on world leaders to act on marine protection, among other things.
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How Jason Momoa is actually fighting climate change
Born in Honolulu, Hawaii, his career took flight in Hollywood with a stream of successful movies and TV shows. But Momoa never forgot his Hawaiian roots, intertwined with those of Mother Earth herself.
To get the whole picture, let’s look at some of Momoa’s contributions.
He is the founder of Mananalu, an aluminum-based bottled water company that fights single-use plastic pollution one bottle at a time. Climate Neutral and Plastic Negative-certified, Mananalu is Momoa’s brainchild inspired by his love for the seas, his commitment to providing quality water, and his overall love for the planet at large.
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For every Mananlu bottle purchased, the company removes a piece of plastic from the ocean, extracting suffocating plastics away from marine life.
“We can no longer wait,” Momoa said in a quote displayed bright and clear on the company’s website. “It’s time to stop pointing at the problem and get on with the solution. Single-use plastic is bad for people and bad for the planet. It’s time to switch to Aluminum.” All water is sustainably sourced from Montana, Nebraska, and California to keep quality water close to home.
In 2022, Momoa was named an official advocate for Life Below Water by the UN Environmental Programme (UNEP). Life Below Water is one of the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and promotes preserving and protecting marine life with sustainable development planning.
According to a UNEP press release, Momoa addressed the group:
“For me, the ocean is an ancient teacher, a guide, and a muse. It is also existential. Without a healthy ocean, life on our planet as we know it would not exist.”
In the same press release, UNEP Executive Director Ingen Andersen said, “We are so pleased to have Jason Momoa joining the UN family as UNEP’s Advocate for Life Below Water. Jason has a strong track record of advocating for ocean issues, from reducing single-use plastic pollution to protecting coral reefs.”
Jason Momoa vegan sneakers
In 2019, Momoa partnered with So iLL and On the Roam for sneakers made from 100% organic cotton and 30% BLOOM resin, which is an alternative to petrochemicals and other synthetics used for insole foams that contribute to landfill pileups. The collaboration also included cutlery, blankets, socks, and scrunchies.
2019 was a busy year for Momoa, who also partnered with Water is Life, a charitable organization dedicated to providing clean water to impoverished countries that struggle to access this basic human right.
Water is Life is founded on the principle that clean water means hygiene, which means a strong economy. According to the group, clean water is about so much more than health and hygiene, it’s about providing a future to traditionally marginalized people.
With all of this work, it is obvious that Momoa has committed to fighting climate change and advocating for sustainability. In addition to his philanthropy portfolio with groups like the 1Climb collaboration with Boys and Girls of America, it is clear that it is more than just a red carpet talking point for the actor; it’s a way of life.
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Editor’s Note: The opinions expressed here bythe authors are their own, not those of Impakter.com — Featured Photo: Jason Momoa at the 2017 San Diego Comic Con. Photo Credits: Gage Skidmore, Wikimedia Commons.