How Matt Damon is Fighting for Clean Drinking Water Around the World
If you have been following Matt Damon of late you probably have heard about the controversial comments about sexual misconduct in Hollywood he recently made.
“I really wished I listened a lot more before I weighed in on this,” Damon acknowledged to Kathie Lee Gifford on the Today Show this morning.
When Gifford commented that Damon was a good listener, the Oscar winner still didn’t let himself off the hook.
“No, well, not in this case,” he stressed. “Ultimately, what it is for me is that I don’t want to further anybody’s pain with anything that I do or say. So for that, I am really sorry.”
Talking specifically about the Time’s Up movement, Damon explained how the initiative is personal to him.
“A lot of those women are my dear friends and I love them and respect them and support what they’re doing and want to be a part of that change and want to go along for the ride, but I should get in the back seat and close my mouth for a while,” he said.
While this was a story I was following as well, but I must say, Matt Damon seemed to be to have his heart in the right place and seems like an honorable and respectful person to me.
So enough said about that.
What really caught my attention about the 47 year-old actor is his passion for water conservation.
Town & Country interviewed the celebrity back in 2016 about his concerns and philanthropy.
The following comments say something to me about his integrity.
“Let me give it to you from my perspective,” Matt Damon says. We’re sitting on a couch in a Los Angeles studio, talking about lofty things: celebrities and their social causes, what he calls his own “journey to philanthropy,” and how it led him in 2009 to co-found the global nonprofit Water.org.
“Look, you’ve been told your whole life, as my friends and I have been told, that it is incumbent on you to be a good citizen and to help where you can,” says Damon, whose mother (an early childhood education professor) shared that imperative with him when he was in high school in Cambridge, Massachusetts, taking him on service trips to Mexico and Guatemala. “It really was a gift. It gave me an understanding early on of a world that was bigger than mine.
“I have my family, I have my career, and I have this,” Damon says of his commitment to Water.org.
“And then I became famous,” he says. “It’s surreal to suddenly wake up one day and have a larger sphere of influence than you ever anticipated. You genuinely want to do good in the world, but you’re going to make a lot of missteps.”
In the video clip above taken from The Today Show today, I want to emphasize on the positive of what a person of influence is doing about an important cause. One of many to be sure that we should be aware of.
So, thank you Mr. Damon for being honest about when you feel you have made a mistake and philanthropic for a worthy cause.
You are someone that uses your influence which is a gift for good.