She’s hailed as one of the world’s great beauties, but retired supermodel Gisele Bündchen is now hoping to turn the world’s eyes from catwalk glamor to the state of the planet.
Bündchen told “CBS This Morning” co-host Charlie Rose, “I believe that we are spiritual beings having a human experience. And I believe that planet Earth is, as you know, a spaceship. “In this spaceship, life is kind of fragile.”
“This planet – I mean, look at it. Fruits grow on trees. You know, the earth provides us with food, rivers, all animals, all species. I mean, we are blessed! We are living in paradise here. I mean, come on,” Bündchen added.
After stepping off the runway last year, Bündchen has used her global platform to advocate for the environment, exploring deforestation in the Amazon, serving as a UN goodwill ambassador, and now climate change with environmentalist Paul Hawken. Used to deal with change. She’s helping promote his latest book, “Drawdown.”
“What’s the drawdown?” Rose asked.
“The drawdown is the first time that greenhouse gases have peaked, and gone down on a year-over-year basis,” Hawken said.
“When will that happen?” Rose asked.
“Well, we don’t know. But the point we try to make in this book is that nobody aims for it,” Hawken replied.
Hawken’s book lists 100 solutions to reverse global warming, all based on current science and ranked by cost and carbon impact. This inspired Bündchen to take action.
“I saw, ‘Oh my God,’ someone is actually focusing on the solution. Instead of focusing on the problem, someone is focusing on the solution here… like, ‘How can I help?’ How do I sign up for help?’ And that’s how I — that’s how I’m here,” he said.
Asked why people haven’t done more environmental advocacy in recent years, Hawken said that while “the science is impeccable,” the communication of the science has been “poor.”
“Because it’s focused on the threat, on the sadness and the idea that we’re going to get people to act if we scare the piss out of them, it hasn’t really worked at all,” Hawken said. Hawken said.
“I’ve heard you talk about the fact that you have to have a plan, and you have to be optimistic. And you have to figure out what you can do. But at the same time, I’m very “I know people who are saying that unless we do something immediately, it’s going to be catastrophic,” Rose said.
“And I agree. And then what I’m saying is we’re acting,” Hawken said. “It’s in place. It’s scale. And if we continue to scale in a strict but reasonable way over 30 years, we can reverse global warming.”
For now, both claim to be unfazed by the Trump administration’s efforts to revive the coal industry and roll back environmental regulations. Bündchen said she was worried but called herself “an optimist”.
“So I believe what all this noise is doing, I think, is bringing more awareness,” Bendchen said. “And I think people are feeling a little more now, you know, I have to take matters into my own hands, like, I have to get an education, I have to learn. I have to know how are we doing?” I will do it.”
“But don’t you think we should have a catalyst to try – if you don’t agree with government policy, try to change it?” Rose asked. Hawken and Bündchen agreed.
“But I think the way you do that is to put information out there, because I think we’re all learning, right? … And live what we believe, right? Our beliefs. Live. Like, you know, in my situation, like, we have a plant-based diet. And we’ve been eating it for 10 years,” Bündchen said.
“And why is that?” Rose asked.
“Because we feel better. It’s better for our health,” Bündchen said. “And everything we put into our bodies affects us, affects our energy and how we feel.”
“And your husband says, Tom Brady says, ‘Unless I’m on this plant-based diet, I’m not going to be the player that I am and I’m not going to be — I’ve had a 39-year career that I used to have. I am,'” Rose said.
“He’s almost 40 years old, right? … But the thing is, he said he feels so much better, I have to say it’s amazing. You know? The way he feels. , he doesn’t feel pain. He just feels so much. Energy,” Bündchen said.
This influenced his family’s view on a plant-based diet.
“So he has his career to thank you for,” Rose said.
“No,” Bündchen said. “He has to be thanked for his determination and his dedication to it. Because he’s still got to do it, right? … In the beginning he was like, you know, it was a little different for him. But now he Loves it, and wouldn’t have it any other way, because it feels better.”
In addition to her diet, Bündchen expressed her concern for her husband’s health by being active on the field.
“If it was up to my wife, she would have retired me today,” Brady told SiriusXM NFL Radio earlier this year. “She told me three times last night and I said, ‘Too bad, baby, you know, I’m having so much fun right now.’
“As you know, it’s not the most, like– let’s say ‘non-offensive’ sports. Right? Football, like, he had a concussion last year. I mean, he Hiccups everywhere– I mean, we don’t. Don’t talk about it– but he gets hiccups,” Bündchen said. “And that’s– I don’t really think that’s a healthy thing for your body, like– you know, to go through that kind of aggression, like, all the time, it can’t be healthy for you, right. Is it? … And I’m planning on being healthy and doing lots of fun things when we’re 100.
As for Brady’s Super Bowl victory, Bundchen said it was a “very emotional” experience for him.
Bündchen said, “I saw the win as a much bigger thing than a team winning against another team. I thought that was an amazing message there.” “I’m, like, ‘You know what? For all those people who feel like, you know, when they lose, like, they give up, I, like, never give up.’ Like, if you’re here, if you’re standing, if you’re breathing, there’s a way. You know? And as long as we have focus and dedication and clarity of purpose, we’re going to make it happen.”