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Cameron Diaz Saves the World! Video

...or at least she's trying. In this documentary, she travels across America to learn what worries us most about the environment.

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Do you know if the air you breathe is clean? Do you know where the water in your faucet comes from? Is it safe to drink? If we knew where these natural resources came from, then we could be better steward of our future. This is something that I've been thinking about and then I started wondering, do other people know?

We try to be a little bit aware but there's only so much we can monitor. I mean, you never know where things are really coming from.

Right.

I don't know. I never thought of that.

I always thought it was air that we needed to survive.

Well, we have our own water tower in the neighborhood.

Where does that water come from?

That I don't know.

Yeah. Good question. I just know it's city water.

Yeah.

And do you drink the water.

I do.

I filter it but I drink it.

If you open my freezer, it's all like various classical food.

This is grown about probably 8 miles away in a local greenhouse.

Everything though, I don't know where it all comes from but it's all around the world nowadays.

I don't know where it's coming from. If it is there, I come to get it.

What happens is we ended up living in to some extent an isolation. People spend much of their lives behind glass. You know they commute to work. They sit in a cubicle and they drive home behind glass and they get up and do it again in the morning.

The thing that's most upsetting to me is that you know we are in danger of being extinct of this planet. There's a lot of denial on the part of people especially in urban industries who produce the worst pollution.

Do you think that people wanna be active and do something about it?

I hate to say it but I think the majority of people are having a pass.

This refinery wasn't here when you were growing up?

No, it was here but it was, you know what I mean, not that big.

Sometimes it smells like all these weird smells and I know it's coming from them.

Yeah

You know, sometimes I think you know, that's probably why my kid got sick.

I don't think that the people who are working in those jobs are bad people. I don't think people wanna believe that they're hurting other people.

Because we have an unsustainable lifestyle because of the way that we use energy, the way we grow our food. You can't have that kind of system without having some sacrifice.

How do you get people to care? You have to focus on the three issues that everybody will relate to

work, wealth, and health. Whoever you are, rich/poor; whatever planet you are, you know, Martian, Muppet, everybody has to deal with that. So we got to kinda change the way we talk about this stuff because otherwise people will feel like it's a luxury as opposed to an opportunity.

What's out there?

So do you think you have a say on whether or not your water, air and feeder are safe?

I don't feel like I have a say but I would definitely-- If I knew it was dangerous then I would do anything in my power.

Right.

Those are big problems right now. You know,

Uh-huh.

because especially on this area because there's been so many contamination there and so sometimes you know we have some problems with the eyes. We won't even drink water, tap water

Right.

'Cause you think it's contaminated?

Oh, it's definitely contaminated.

What would it take for you to wanna do something about it, to actually take action?

I guess I would. I mean, if I knew there was something that I could really do for it.

I'm just a little bitty person down here and just all, you know, everybody's been doing what they can.

I think we all feel we deserved it. We just don't voice our opinions.

Uh-huh.

Now, sooner, so long, you just can get use to it.

How is your trip going?

People do care. They understand that there is a real need to do something about the environment. They don't feel that they are empowered to do so.

People have to feel engaged. They have to feel the chance of potential.

I was just wondering if you feel that you deserved like clean air, clean water, clean soil. Do you come to this park often?

As busy as we can be sometimes, it'd be easier if somebody could tell us and that we'd ask.

We got our start by taking back an old dump on the river. It started out with us just picking up garbage. We gave them something to hope for you know that they could be a part of something bigger.

Do you ever think about being a leader within your community and helping people empower themselves?

It takes one voice to actually step up and I realize that okay we're gonna put off down, we're gonna start. It's just bad for me now that nobody is complete. That nobody tries to make it better then it's gonna be worst so I better get my [unknown]. You do have to start standing up for something and it is, it's hard but once you get-- once people catch on to it, it kinda get easier.

People wanna feel powerful. People wanna do something and as soon as you start give them the tools all of the sudden it just opens up a whole new you know experience for them that I don't think that they'd walk away from.

I see a message to the trees. I see a sultry message living in the eaves. The ground beneath my feet [unknown] and see them blue.

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