6 Times Sophia Bush Was A Real-Life Superhero For The Environment

We all know Captain Planet is known for his great work in protecting the Earth, but he might need to step aside, because Sophia Bush's environmentalism is taking the world by storm. Basically, she's a real-life superhero serving our world in more ways than one. If you're a true Bush fan, then you know how much she loves our planet and its creatures. If Earth needed anyone to help save it, it's the Chicago P.D. actress.

While chatting with Mariska Hargitay for Michigan Avenue, Bush opened up about how anyone can help the environment, even if it's just by not using plastic bags at the grocery store or use a reusable water bottle rather than plastic bottles. She said, "There’s big options and small, and in the minutiae of our everyday we have the chance to create change."

Bush believes anyone has the power to bring about change. She told Hargitay,

I just try to remind myself that I have the power to change my world and to change a little bit of the world around me, but if every one of us really embraces that and says, "I should start with myself, then I can have a ripple effect in my universe," that’s it. If every person in the world commits to making one substantial change, the whole world’s a different place.

In honor of Earth Day, let's take a look at a few times Bush helped the planet and inspired others to do the same.

That Time She Shared Tips On Social Media

For #EarthMonth 2015, Bush partnered with EcoTools to help raise funds and awareness for Global Green. Through the partnership, Bush offered green living tips via social media to show how a small change can make a big difference on the planet. In addition, Bush constantly promotes the environment through Twitter and Instagram, so I recommend following her.

That Time She Supported Animals

Bush is a huge animal lover. Did you know she has rescue dogs, aka some of the cutest pups you've ever seen? It's all about educating others that animals have rights and feelings too, and Bush feels strongly about just that.

That Time She Sported Green Fashion

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Eco-fashion is completely fashionable — just ask Bush. Ecouterre posted the following from the actress: "I’m hoping to see more people using eco-friendly materials. At this point, it’s as beautiful as the other stuff — why use toxic dyes when you can use nontoxic dyes?” Bush even participated in H&M's green clothing initiative by wearing clothing from the company's Conscious Exclusive line. See? Green isn't ugly.

That Time She Spoke Eloquently About The Planet

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While chatting with The Hollywood Reporter in 2011 at the Do Something Awards, Bush opened up about the planet. She said, “The sort of passion comes in for me because I see everything as being so interconnected. I fight for the environment because we only have one planet, but I see how the environment affects poverty and how the environment affects women around the world." She continued, “You know we’re looking at these mothers traveling across Africa trying to protect their children right now in the midst of this famine. The famine is being caused by a horrific draught, and global warming is causing draught not only abroad, but in our country.”

That Time She Talked About Going Vegan

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Bush isn't 100 percent vegan, but during a 2011 interview on The Craig Ferguson Show, Bush said, "I don’t eat a lot of it any more but a little… I’m sure that in this transition eventually I won’t eat any meat at all.” That was three years ago, so I'm not sure if she's made the transition completely, but at least Bush is trying to better herself and the planet.

That Time She Explained Her Love For The Planet

Once again, during her conversation with Hargitay, Bush explained why the planet is so dear to her. She revealed, "I honestly think it’s a no-brainer, and some of that comes from growing up in Southern California — spending all my time as a kid exploring beaches and the sea and the mountains, and just realizing that we’re such a small part of this giant planet in this enormous ecosystem, yet we wreak the most havoc on it. No matter what we might argue about amongst ourselves or what we might fight wars about around the world, if there’s no world left to host us, none of it’s going to matter."

See? Bush is the eco-hero we all need to follow.

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