Kate Walsh on Latest Coral Reef Restoration Project and Green Routine

Whether you are a huge fan of medical dramas or have become inexplicably addicted to Netflix Emilie in Paris last year, you’re probably quite familiar with actress Kate Walsh. But something you might not know about her is that she is an animal lover and environmental activist. She has teamed up with cat food maker Sheba Brand to launch the world’s largest coral reef restoration project with something truly amazing called Hope Reef.

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“I think we’ve all seen how the Earth has restored and regenerated a little bit in this very crazy and difficult time, during the pandemic,” she explains. “So it’s really amazing that Sheba is giving back and also making it easy for us to help.”

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As the loving cat mom to a kitten named Pablo, and having grown up both in Arizona and on the beautiful California coast, Walsh has always had an affinity for animals and conservation. But she tells us that she was inspired to do something about it when she first heard about the Great Pacific Garbage Patch.

“I was like, ‘What am I doing? What can we do?’ But I think that’s one of the great things to have even a little bit of success, if you can use your image to help or give back, that was kind of a natural fit for me. “

She partnered with Sheba to launch the brand’s Hope Reef, the world’s largest coral restoration program ever. Located off the coast of Sulawesi in Indonesia, Hope Reef was built to spell the word “HOPE” using restored coral from the seabed. It was launched in 2019 and has gone from 5% coverage to 55%. Now it’s viewable from Google Earth, and very soon, it will fill up with greater amounts of corals, animals, and more. The Hope Reef also has a YouTube channel and streams its beauty live via “The Film That Grows Coral”.

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For every view of the video, Sheba will donate 100% of the advertising money to The Coral Reef Generation through the company’s campaign partner, The Nature Conservancy.

“All you have to do is watch the YouTube channel, so who doesn’t love that?” ” she laughs. “Sit on the couch, with a cat, have a glass of wine or a cup of coffee – whatever your poison – and watch Hope Reef from your home.”

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“This past year in particular has shown that small community efforts can make a big difference, so it’s a pretty exciting time,” she adds.

To learn more about how sustainability influences Walsh’s lifestyle, we asked him to share his green routine with Green business.

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GREEN MATTERS: When did you become an environmentalist?

KATE WALSH: I grew up in California in a coastal area, then we moved to Arizona, but we always spent a lot of time camping and going to beaches, camping on beaches, hiking, so my mom , my father and my father-in-law have always been great defenders and great stewards of the planet, whether with the Audubon Society or all kinds of ocean clean-up campaigns. So that kind of mentality that I was brought up with.

GM: What’s the biggest change you’ve made to live more sustainably?

KW: Like everyone else, I recycle, and I recently started composting. Recently when I was in New York I remember that even in New York there were composting centers or bins in the parks. It started in Union Square Park. I think nothing will make you more aware of your carbon footprint than living in New York – you still throw so much garbage! I am out of plastic straws, I have glass containers and I am trying to reuse what I can.

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GM: What’s your advice to anyone trying to go green?

KW: For me, I think this is one of the easiest things you can do. I have a giant water bottle, which was made into several different shots in several different projects because we were on the set. I take him everywhere. And because we eat so much out of town in New York City, bringing your own containers from home and asking people to put stuff in is huge. One great thing in cities is the take out stuff. And also no plastic straws, I have metal straws that I bring from home. I try not to use disposable coffee cups, I just bring my reusable home. There is so much you can start doing in small ways. And composting or even breaking it down and starting it, there are some ways to do that that are really easy. You don’t need to be a certified farmer to do this. It’s just slowed down enough to be aware. It’s those little things that when people start doing it that matters and it makes a difference.

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GM: What’s the biggest misconception about sustainable living you’ve come across?

That you are going to have to make massive changes and suffer. As if it was going to become a huge sacrifice and it wouldn’t be fun anymore. There is a mentality that you are going to have to let go a lot, and it just isn’t true. It’s just being aware and thinking and stopping a beat and saying, “Oh, I can just bring something in my bag and I can have my lunch salad that way, or cook at home.”

GM: What’s one thing you really love about the sustainability movement right now?

I love what’s going on in fashion right now! Going back to vintage and re-wearing stuff – I think that was really cool. A major contributor to [our environmental impact] is clothing and fashion, so I think it’s really great that people are getting really aware of it, and wearing it again and taking vintage fabrics to make new pieces. [This moment in fashion] helps tell the story of sustainability, and it’s so cool to have less of it and wear dresses over and over again, while still feeling special and awesome.

Green routine“is a series of Green business which invites the notables of the environmental space to share the efforts they make to live more sustainably.

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