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Shailene Woodley on Why Environmental Activism Must Be Intersectional: "We Are Nature Ourselves"


Shailene Woodley is known for playing dramatic roles in popular titles like Big Little Lies and Divergent  — but when I walked into her hotel suite on Monday afternoon, she looked straight out of a Nancy Meyers romantic comedy. The actress and environmental activist was snuggled up under a cream throw blanket, sitting on the bay window seat in the master bedroom, gazing out of a huge window looking over Central Park. Introducing herself as Shai, the star warmly invited me to cozy up in the nook, where we chatted about why she uses her platform to advocate for the Earth, how environmental justice is connected to social justice and mental health, and how she hopes her new partnership with a major company will help create a nationwide conversation about sustainability.

"It’s not that I want to use my platform to do it — I’d be doing it even if there was one person following me or if I didn’t have a platform," Woodley tells Green Matters, explaining why she uses her platform to advocate for the environment and other social justice causes. "What makes me want to do it is [that] I want to have kids. And I just can’t justify bringing them into a world where I’m not fighting every single day to make direct change for future generations. So that’s my driver."