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April 18, 2001

Woody Harrelson Cycles to CSUS
To Deliver Unprocessed Advice

Self-proclaimed tree-hugger and world-famous actor Woody Harrelson bikes to California State University, Sacramento to talk about environmental concerns at noon, Friday, May 4. The free event is at the University's Joe Serna Jr. Plaza.

Harrelson's talk is part of a 1,500 mile, month-long "Simple Organic Living Tour," to promote ecological reform. The tour kicked off April 12 at the University of Washington when Harrelson and friends began a bicycle journey from Seattle to Los Angeles. The group will be followed by a bus that runs on a bio-fuel made from hemp and vegetable oils and is equipped with an organic kitchen as well as solar powered appliances.

The 34 year-old actor, energetic in his environmental concerns says, "I shamelessly and proudly call myself a tree-hugger. I've always had an intense relationship with nature, something which I think all of us have somewhere inside of us."

At the CSUS event, Harrelson will talk about deforestation, organic food, yoga, low-impact living and striking a balance between economic and ecological growth.

"Every year, in the United States alone, over 50 million trees are cut down. I'm upset that in our nation some $85 billion are going to corporate welfare every year. That money is going to subsidize timber, petroleum, pesticide industries, nuclear power and mining interests. We're in a situation of taxation without representation and that's evidenced by the fact that so many people won't go to the polls," Harrelson told a reporter for the Environmental Magazine.

Since his involvement with the hit television series Cheers, Harrelson has had a successful film career, starring in such movies as Indecent Proposal, Natural Born Killers and White Men Can't Jump. In 1996, Harrelson won a nomination for an Academy Award for his role in the movie The People vs. Larry Flynt.

He continues to work with a variety of environmental organizations including the Turner Foundation, Surfrider Foundation, Earth Island Institute and Rainforest Action Network. In 1997, People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals presented Harrelson with a "Humanitarian of the Year" award.

Harrelson has twice been arrested for civil disobedience, once for cultivating his own industrial hemp and again for scaling the Golden Gate Bridge in protest of the logging of Headwaters Forest.

For more information call (916) 278-6997. Media assistance is available and interviews may be arranged by contacting the CSUS public affairs office at (916) 278-6156.


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