Adrian Grenier - Taking On Global Warming with the Lonely Whale Foundation

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Adrian Grenier, founder of the Lonely Whale Foundation, discusses nurturing young artists at his music studio and taking small steps to offset climate change. (4:59)

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Please welcome Adrian Grenier,everybody.

(cheering and applause)

I know.

(applause, cheering)

-Welcome to the show.-Why, thank you.

I spent so many years dreamingof joining your entourage, man.

-I'm not even gonna lie.-(laughter)

I was... I was a huge fanof that. And, uh, you know,

I'm still... still holding out.

Well, now the-the rolesare reversed.

Now I want to be a partof your entourage.

I don't have an entourage;it doesn't work like that.

You need those eyesfor an entourage.

-Don't tease me, man.-(laughter)

-Don't tease me, Adrian.-Oh, you're pretty.

-You're pretty.-(laughing)

-Thank you for comingto the show. -Right? Come on.

-Thank you. Thank you for comingto the show. -(cheering)

By the way, m-my real entourageis backstage,

and they're all swooningover you.

-Oh, thank you.Thank you for that. -Yeah.

Let's-let's talkabout your entourage.

This-this is really something,uh, that you've been doing

behind the scenes,which is exciting,

and that is you've beennurturing young talent.

You've been, uh,going into music.

You've been tryingto get producers

and musicians to getinto the field.

People that normally wouldn'tbe given a chance.

Why do you do this?

You could just go out and say,"I'm just gonna act.

I'm just gonna tryand be the star."

Why help other stars come up?

Well, you know, I'm big intobuilding communities,

and I built this studioin my basement.

And it wasa sort of manifestation

of my boyhood dream to havea professional studio

-in my house.-Yeah.

And I got really busy;I didn't use it that much,

so I started giving it awayto the community,

to people in the neighborhood.And bands would come in,

and-and younger bandswould start hearing about it.

And it was a real joy to be ableto let younger bands

have an opportunityto play in a studio,

-which I always wishedthat I could do. -Yeah.

And it just grew into thisreally great little community.

-It-It's a... it's a...-(applause)

Yeah,it's a beautiful thing to...

(cheering and applause) do for people, um,especially people

who may not have accessto that world.

You don't just involve yourself

in music and entertainmentthough.

I think one of the biggerchallenges you've taken on

is that of climate change.

-Oh, yeah.-Uh, you...

It's important.

-You think?-Uh, a little bit.

Just, it's... You know.

What's-what's sad is,

two weeks ago, you would havecome here and said that,

everyone will go, "Yeah, yeah.I mean, we get it,

and, you know,we're-we're moving forward."

Donald Trumpand who his selection

for the EPA looks to be--

doesn't seem like climate changeis going to be at the front

or even on his mind at all.

Uh, you not only have beenan activist.

I mean, you-you swamto raise awareness

with Richard Bransonin the ocean.

And that was partof the, uh, you know...

the swim that you-you see here.

This is-- you did all of thisto raise awareness

-for climate change.-Yeah.

So, I did. I-I swam through

the Strait of Messinawith Richard Branson.

It was, uh, 3.3 kilometers,

a two-mile swim.

You see I-I'm wearing a...I have a balloon

tied around my neck, um,for a very specific reason.

I was actually out trainingone day, and I...

in the middle of the ocean,I came across a balloon,

a happy birthday balloon,

floating in the middleof the ocean.

And it-it sort of embodiedexactly why I was doing the swim

in the first place,because a moment of joy

for somebody's birthday is 1,000years of death in-in the ocean.

-Wow.-Fish-fish eat it, birds eat it,

and then eventuallyit just poisons our waters.

A lot of the time,global warming is seen

as this giant, herculean taskthat cannot be dealt with

unless you are a scientist.

How do we drop temperaturesof oceans and atmospheres?

But you are particularly againstdrinking straws.

(chuckles) Well, you know,straws are like

the low-hanging plastic,you know?

-(chuckling) -They-They're...No, I mean, seriously,

-they're-they're everywhere.-Yeah.

They...We encounter them every day.

And they're easy to change.

We can just refusesingle-use plastic straws.

500 million straws every daygo into landfills

and then end up in the ocean.500 million.

And all we have to dois just say no.

Why is it so important to you?

You've traveled the world,you've met with many activists.

Why do you think it'sso important to have a president

that believes in climate change?

Well, you know, I...

I've been tryingto convince people,

or at least inspire people,to change their lifestyles

to be more conscious.

Uh, but we really do needstrong leadership,

because these lawsnot only govern us

but they level the playing fieldfor businesses

so that some, uh,corporations and companies

don't get a... don't-don't...aren't able to profit

off of the destructionthat they put out

and then the costs thatwe ultimately end up paying for.

When-when, uh, oil is spilledin the ocean,

who pays for that, right? We do.

Not only t...extra added tax dollars

but also just quality of life,right?

What about the pollution?

That is an un-unknown tax

that we end up having to payfor in health costs

and just quality of life,generally.

Something we got to fight.

And, uh, I think the fighthas gotten a lot tougher.

But, uh, I'm glad that you arein it, man. Thank you so much.

-Thank you for being here.-Thank you so much.