Measha Brueggergosman is Canada's fastest rising opera star, and is taking the stage Cabaret-style too. Recently, her album "Surprise" was released by Deutsche Grammophon recordings, and she's been touring internationally and collecting awards non-stop. But she's not content to simply jet set around the world singing her heart out- she's also busy finding ways to do her part to fight climate change.
Opera stars are known for being bold, and that's exactly how Measha has approached going green. As a WWF supporter, Measha has been seen out and about sporting our "Hotter than I Should Be" climate change T-shirts since 2006. Measha has also worked with WWF-Canada to make her lifestyle more climate-friendly.
"In my professional life, I have to travel a lot so I always use carbon credits to offset the emissions created by my flights and encourage others to do the same," says Measha.
Many celebrities and business leaders have been opting for carbon offsets to reduce the impact of their greenhouse gas-intensive air travel. For Measha, buying carbon offsets isn't a way to generate good PR, it's just one climate-friendly action she has taken out of many. Measha's most positive, long-lasting efforts to do her part begin at home.
"For my part, when I purchased my first home, I took steps to make it more energy efficient." Because energy waste is a major contributor to the climate crisis, Measha knows the value of energy efficiency, and walks the talk. "All of my appliances are EnergyStar, I've installed new draft-proof windows and doors, and I power my home with Bullfrog Power- a green, renewable energy supplier."
Measha Brueggergosman is an important woman to listen to, on and off stage, because, as she says, "We are all responsible for our climate. It's the only one we've got! It may be daunting but we can each do our part as individuals to make a healthier planet."