“We all need to be accountable for our behaviour, to realize that the natural resources that have been so generously given to us are limited and need protecting if they are going to be shared by future generations.”
Li Bingbing, one of China’s most popular actresses, is well known for her achievements both on and off the screen. Throughout her life, Li has been involved in charitable efforts where she can “practice what she preaches” and promote the need to lead a responsible life. Although Li’s philanthropic efforts have included various causes, activities and beneficiaries over the years, she focuses on carbon emissions reduction and environmental protection.
On account of her widespread fame, Li’s calls to action have received tremendous support from the public. She has demonstrated personal environmental commitment through her L.O.V.E Green movement which promotes an environmentally-friendly, low-carbon lifestyle among her fans in China.
In addition to her own personal efforts, Li has partnered with numerous corporations to create change and make a positive, environmental impact in China. She recently worked with Shenzhen Development Bank to promote a new line of environmentally friendly credit cards. She worked with Timberland Co. to unveil the “Green Great Wall” which aims to plant at least two million trees in Northern China over a ten year period. In 2008, she secured corporate donations and raised nearly $3 million USD for those in the earthquake-stricken areas of the Sichuan Province.
Ahead of the UN’s climate change conference in Copenhagen in 2009, Li worked with WWF on a “Vote Earth” countdown activity. She attended the climate conference to promote examples of environmental success in China and to participate in discussions on solutions to global environmental challenges. She was later named a WWF Earth Hour Global Ambassador.
She is also a Goodwill Ambassador of the Climate Group’s Million Forest Campaign in the Asia-Pacific region. The campaign reached the initial goal of planting 100,000 trees in just one year.
In March 2010, the Chinese Environmental and Resources Protection Committee awarded Li with the “2010 Eco Hero Award”.
A graduate of the Shanghai Drama Institute, Li Bingbing made her film debut in 1999 with the movie, Seventeen Years. In 2005, she starred in the romantic comedy film Waiting Alone, which received three Chinese Academy Award nominations, including "Best Picture" and "Best Actress".