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Dominic Monaghan

Main Cause(s): environment
Keyword(s): Lord Ring Rings Project Last Stand Future Forests Tree Trees
Movies In: The Purifiers, Shooting Livien, Spivs, The Fellowship of the Ring, The Two Towers, The Return of the King, An Insomniac's Nightmare, This Is Personal: The Hunt for the Yorkshire Ripper, Monsignor Renard, Hostile Waters, aka Im Fahrwasser des Todes (German title), aka Péril en Mer (French), Hetty Wainthropp Investigates
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Activism bio (charitable work)
Dom is a spokesperson for Project Last Stand and a supporter of Future Forests, both environmental organizations.

Project Last Stand

Actor Dominic Monaghan (Lord of the Rings Trilogy, The Purifiers, Spivs, Shooting Livien) employs his international stardom by becoming Spokesperson for Project Last Stand, an international effort bringing attention to the current state of the world’s forests and raising funds by organizing a celebrity charity auction. The proceeds from the auction will support forest groups who are buying unprotected forests and planting trees worldwide.

Dedicate a Tree - Future Forests

Dominic Monaghan, who played Meriadoc 'Merry' Brandybuck in The Lord of the Rings, is CarbonNeutral. He has had 40 mango trees planted in Bangalore India to absorb the CO2 he produces in a year. The trees not only soak up CO2, but also provide a food source and income stream for the local Indian farmers.

LOTR star Dominic Monaghan answers your questions - Ananova interview

Hannah, Sunderland: "Did playing a Hobbit for so long, with such a different and more innocent outlook on the world, have an effect on the way you view and live your own life?"

DM: "Totally. I think my soul woke up to a lot more world issues and environmental issues. The Hobbits are sweet and innocent and I hoped some of their qualities have made it into my life."

Metro Cafe interview

What exactly does being CarbonNeutral involve?

Basically, they look at your life and how you live it and calculate the amount of carbon they estimate, or I suppose 'guesstimate', that you use up in a year. They ask a few questions about how you live your life, what kind of car you drive, where you live, how far you travel, that kind of thing. Then they offset the amount of carbon that you use up by planting trees in certain parts of the world. I'd been to Bangalore in India the year before so I made a request that some be put there, because I'm sure I'll go back. So I had 40 mango trees planted in a forest that Coldplay are involved in.

You're worth 40 mango trees?

Yeah, but that means that it's not only releasing all the correct gases into the air, putting a lot of carbon dioxide out and all that sort of thing, but its also producing fruit for the people in Bangalore.

Cinematic Happenings Under Development Interview

"... this environmental issue that is brought up in The Two Towers. Treebeard, the person we hang around with, actively helps the humans in their plight. I was speaking to someone I had been hanging about with in LA, who works for Greenpeace, told me that an area the size of 11 soccer pitches of rainforest are destroyed every day. And they don't come back. Tolkien wrote about this in the 1940s. This is a ticking clock. Think about the whole Mother Nature aspect - the forests are the lungs of the world. Regardless of whether we go to war or not in the search of oil and all that crap, if we don't address what's happening with the world's forests there won't be a world to come back to. It's crazy that what's happening with all the huge governments in the world is that they aren't interested because it isn't about money. If we don't do something we're all going to die anyway because there won't be any air to breathe. We hope that gets picked up by the world's media and we can get behind a big tree planting program or something to bring to the young people the fact that the forests are disappearing. Some of the most amazing flora and fauna that will never come back, that could cure some diseases. It's depressing."

Brief Bio from Project Last Stand

Dominic Monaghan stars as the Hobbit Meriadoc 'Merry' Brandybuck in New Line's Lord of the Rings Trilogy.

Monaghan will next be seen in 2004 in Chris Atkin's The Purifiers, a film about martial arts clubs who have created their own city infrastructure after tiring of government initiatives, and Spivs, a heist film opposite Nick Moran of Lock Stock and 2 Smoking Barrels fame.

Monaghan was born in Berlin and grew up in Manchester, England. He is an active environmentalist, enjoys the outdoors, monkeys and football (US Soccer), particularly Manchester United.

He currently resides in Los Angeles.

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