Ashley Judd Tries To Leave ‘Small Carbon Footprint’ by ‘Carpooling’ and ‘Taking Direct Flights’

By Nicholas Ballasy | May 4, 2010 | 2:35 PM EDT

( - Hollywood actress Ashley Judd said she takes steps to leave a “small carbon footprint” on a “daily basis” by “carpooling” and “taking direct flights,” among other measures. She made her comments to on the red carpet at the White House Correspondents Dinner on May 1 in Washington D.C. asked Judd, “A lot of celebrities have come to D.C. recently, on Capitol Hill, talking about climate change. What’s your opinion on the issue? What do you think the government needs to do? And President Obama, who’ll be speaking soon, what does he need to do?”

Judd said, “Well, it’s a very big question, and one that far exceeds the scope of this little red carpet interview. I am on the board of Defenders of Wildlife, with whom I’m very happy to serve. And I had to the chance to testify before a House subcommittee on the cap and trade legislation, and specifically designating 5 percent of the revenue generated by cap and trade to help ameliorate and offset the damage global climate change is doing to different environmental systems. So, it’s a really big deal to me.”  
“I try to practice on a daily basis, leaving a small carbon footprint, whether it’s as simple as carpooling and not flying when that’s, you know, taking direct flights instead of -- all that kind of stuff,” said Judd. “There’s just a lot that individuals can do. And I think it’s important we all try to make a difference.”
Ashley Judd has appeared in several ads for the group Defenders of Wildlife. also asked Judd whether she thinks President Obama should change his policy on allowing limited offshore oil drilling in light of the BP oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico. 
Judd said, “Yes, I do, and Robert Kennedy Jr. has been able to file a couple of lawsuits on behalf of commercial fisher-people. And I hope that he succeeds with that litigation because it’s really important.”