Actress/activist Shailene Woodley is the new cover star of Marie Claire UK‘s October 2017 issue, where she opens up about her sustainability activism and her October 2016 arrest for protesting against the Dakota Access Pipeline.
On her arrest:
“I was strip-searched. Like get naked, turn over, spread your butt cheeks, bend over. They were looking for drugs in my ass,” Shailene says.
“When you’re in a jail cell and they shut that door, you realise no one can save you,” she says. “If there’s a fire and they decide not to open the door, you’ll die. You are a caged animal.”
On her long-standing interest in climate change and sustainability:
“I was the weirdo girl in high school who tried to get everyone to recycle,” Shailene says.
“This world isn’t something to take for granted. The only way to address climate change and these radical, detrimental policies is for us, as citizens, to shift our lifestyles. People are too comfortable. We’re complacent in many ways. We need to be willing to get uncomfortable.”
On her new organization, Up To Us
“There’s a misconception that, in order to start a movement, you need to have gone to college, or have a “name”, or look a certain way. But you don’t. We want to eradicate that narrative,” she says on her organization Up To Us, which helps communities and organizations connect.
“Look at your wallet and recognise that every dollar you spend is either a vote towards the destruction of our planet or towards its empowerment.”
“There’s nothing worth fighting for more than each other,” Shailene says. “The planet is going to be fine. It’s humans who aren’t going to be OK. We’re broken. That’s why the world is where it is. The way you heal is with love and empathy and compassion. Take politics out of it. Vote with your money.”
On Creating Change:
“None of us are perfect. I use more plastic than I need to. I’ll buy products from corporations that I don’t agree with. To me, the biggest shift we can make is the mindfulness around these things. That’s the catalyst for change. We must wake up every morning and ask ourselves, “How can I do more? How am I willing to shift my lifestyle to actually create the change I complain about?” Now, all of a sudden you’re empowered, you’re passionate, you have a fuel beneath your feet to move forward in a way that’s conducive not only for your own personal life but also for the world as well.”
Check out Shailene’s full feature here and in the new October 2017 issue of Marie Claire UK!