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Monday's Connector: Daryl Hannah

December 3rd, 2010
05:36 PM ET


American actress Daryl Hannah may be well-known for her role in films like "Blade Runner," "Wall Street" and "Kill Bill," but she's now focusing her attention on climate change.

Hannah will be our special Connector of the Day from Cancun, Mexico where the next UN climate talk summit is currently taking place.

She'll be answering all your questions on the role she is playing to help come up with an agreement on solving the world's environmental problems.

CNN's Becky Anderson will be alongside Hannah in Cancun and will pose your important questions to her on Monday so please leave them below and be sure to include where you're writing from.

You can also send in your questions via Becky's Twitter at www.twitter.com/BeckyCNN or via our Facebook page at www.facebook.com/cnnconnect.

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  1. Tron

    Dear Lady Daryl Hannah,

    If you were truly devoted to saving the planet as a Great Libran would, you would contact us- to remember your yogicic former lives- albeit, while saving the World... http://www.paradisians.org/

    or rather:

    Dharma Guardian:




    December 4, 2010 at 3:20 pm | Reply
  2. Louis K. Jarvis

    Hola Daryl, I'm in Crestone, Colorado. If "climate change"–the collapse of Mother Earth's environment–is due to a spiritual crisis–the worship of money, "greed is good"–how do we heal ourselves?

    December 4, 2010 at 6:17 pm | Reply
    • Lisa Ruby Marshall

      Hi, Louis Jarvis! I have been wondering if you were still on the job of world saving! Hope you are well!

      July 3, 2013 at 6:43 pm | Reply
  3. Renato

    How do you deal with people that still think global warming is a myth ?

    December 4, 2010 at 6:52 pm | Reply
  4. George Homs

    George, writing from Nice (France).

    Caring for our environment is an inherent obligation we have towards the world. Beyond that, the 'climate change' debate tends to be quite scientific. Are you comfortable with the validity of the scientific arguments that are voiced in Cancun?

    December 4, 2010 at 7:16 pm | Reply
  5. daveg

    Ill assume that Daryl Hannah must be very educated and well versed in the problems that we face with climate change issues and all the problems that come along with it, where as most of the celebrities and there pet causes are nothing short of a joke, please keep in mind these people do mean well, but they spend their lives pretending to be someone else, they use their celebrity to push their causes, and they dont know any more than you and I, thy just happen to have a platform on which to let it out, dont buy into there bullshit, were all eking out a living, they are in hollywood telling us what is right, dont waste your time hugging a tree, hug your neighbor, make sure his family has enough to eat, do the right thing, not the popular thing

    December 4, 2010 at 9:15 pm | Reply
  6. UglyTruth

    Would you agree that “Save the Children” should not save the children?
    Too many people.
    I have written to “Save the Children” and asked them not to.

    Overpopulation is not a solution to any of our problems.
    The inbreeding program to the RCC, (roman child sex abuse church) has been too successful.
    What happens if the US becomes more like Mexico?
    Where will the Latinos run too to get away from the messes they create?

    December 4, 2010 at 9:20 pm | Reply
  7. Stephanie

    How do you think adopting a plant-based diet can help halt climate change?

    December 4, 2010 at 11:51 pm | Reply
  8. Thomas Hanson

    Perhaps she needs to see the comdey sketch by George Carlin on 'Saving the Planet'.

    December 5, 2010 at 1:02 am | Reply
  9. PJB

    If you were to become aware of information that totally discredited the deleterious role of CO2 in the environment, what would be your next endeavor to help correct the world's woes?

    December 5, 2010 at 3:06 am | Reply
  10. Gabriel

    i don't think that a person like Dary Hannah needs to be VERY educated to answer any of your questions, and i believe she is already, and even no one at this time facing a problem gathering any answers, by her willing to help us for a better tomorrow and a healthy climate is a big positive step she is doing at the moment facing all the problems that came along with it such as your comment! joking about others willings, aims, or there future dreams its easy thing any little body could do it, but stepping into making those dreams into realty is a step forwards, and those who are joking are already in there places if not a little bit step back to watch or to make fun of others. Even pretending (fake it till you make it ) and share fiscally by doing good things would make you some one els who help you one day by changing those figures from min to plus.
    To believe in a good dream supported by aware program and studies that would change the world if not today could be tomorrow and if it build only in pretending we will not see such people like Dary Hannah involved with this real program.
    you are saying that we are all eking out a living !!! because those who are joking in others programs are more than those who are working with it. Hollywood present films supported by historical imaginary way of production to make films to touch you any how any way, and what is in life is something real do not need any imaginations.
    If any one who can grow a tree after 10 years we will see a green planet. And i think Hannah had hold her neighbors long time ago 🙂
    she is an actor means sensitive, as well kind enough other wise we will not see her in such program. I believe she is aware enough and doing the right thing is her aim already.
    No matter become popular unless it has hard effect in people, so she is doing the right things, don't wary . looolz

    December 5, 2010 at 10:03 am | Reply
  11. Charles

    Daveg: One of the fallacies we were taught in school is that if you have a weak argument you should attack the person and not what they say. Your use of standardized phrases such as "hugging a tree" tells me you have a closed mind. In other words, you don't belong in this thread. Open minded people should at least listen to the information and make up their own minds. Well known people speaking out are an excellent way to reach a large audience, who I believe are smart enough to listen to the evidence and make up their own minds!

    December 5, 2010 at 10:40 am | Reply
  12. Eric

    Daveg, You would sound much more credible if you penned paragraphs with solid English grammar, leaving out what appears to your audience as animosity at your present station of life, and the uneducated use of words that you tend to practice. In the final analysis it makes your whole diatribe weak and illiterate.
    For instance, using 'their' pet causes rather than 'there' pet causes. Further, inserting terms like "bullshit" makes you sound like some backwoods illiterate drunk – not that you are – but it makes you come off as one.
    No one would argue that many celebrities use their stations in life to promote causes that would normally be well above their capacity to make any sort of meaningful inpact. But that's not the case, and they have the ability, time, and resources to help their personal causes.

    December 5, 2010 at 11:28 am | Reply
  13. George Bishopric

    I wonder if having the star of "Splash" speak for a cause ultimately trivializes it, and gives fodder to opponents of climate change............

    Celebrity gives a platform to speak from, and a good target to aim at.

    December 5, 2010 at 3:50 pm | Reply
  14. Zoomshorts

    Climate change is cyclical, it has been demonstrated time and time again. There are some things we can do to affect our impact on the change, but by and large, we just have to go with the flow and try not to accelerate the change by gross negligence.

    Population reduction is possibly the best way to stretch scarce resources, but that is not popular. Educated people understand this.
    Sadly many people merely belive they are educated.

    I hope we do find a panacea for all our problems, but I am not holding my breath.

    December 5, 2010 at 4:00 pm | Reply
  15. wise

    Dear daveg,

    The glamourous celebities simply transmit the message that very smart professors teach in labs and universities.

    The celebrities are not gurus, they are simply voices. If a nerdy professor speaks about global warming or climate change, people will not listen. If the professor hands out his paper to Daryl Hannah, everybody will listen as if spellbound. It's not Ms. Hannah's fault, that's the way people are. Daryl Hannah could spend her time shopping, but she chooses to do something for the planet, and that's noble. By caring for trees , oceans and the air we breathe, she is also caring for everybody's neighbor.

    December 5, 2010 at 4:18 pm | Reply
  16. phinias

    Due to the increases of industries many places around the world have been affected, which cause the climatic condition to change.most of them are small countries like Tanzania. How would you help to make a change or solving the world's environmental problems.so that all the world would look or undergoes green which is the result of good climatic condition?

    December 5, 2010 at 5:30 pm | Reply
  17. Kevin Quail

    Writing from Placitas, New Mexico. Have you ever heard of, or are you familiar with the process of dewvaporation, created by Jim Beckman?
    It is not just for desalination but to clean industrail waste water as well, and is a low power system that can be used to provide fresh water in remote areas.



    December 5, 2010 at 5:50 pm | Reply
  18. George

    I agree with 'hug your neighbor, make sure his family has enough to eat, do the right thing, not the popular thing' excellently worded old chap!

    December 5, 2010 at 6:23 pm | Reply
  19. Trav

    If Daryl found out she could leave her body and travel through time and space and deliver a message {telepathically) back in time, what would the message be?

    December 5, 2010 at 7:00 pm | Reply
  20. Kevin Quail

    More on dewvaporations, a pdf file on research done using this process to provide quality water at the University of New Mexico. This is an important step in trying to help orvide clean water to the billion people who have no access to it:


    December 5, 2010 at 7:20 pm | Reply
  21. Yehoshua Ya'acov

    Shalom Daryl:
    Read Sir. James Lovelock's Gaia hypothesis, and learn the planet can, with litle help, look after itself. It's man that's the problem. The "black swan" now worth takiing NOTE of, in this era of history, is the end of man's exile, as NOW compels our awakening; to the trajectory of man and thus mankind,:DESPITE all denials. And while Israel's and the world's leaders sleep, in their "sound bite" and PR bubbles, consumed with their "image," the emergant new reality is one of man's nascent redemption. This fact notithstanding, the world's leaders are MISSING the grammar(s) of the global COLLAPSE of the "local reality," as drove the parallel collapse of the world's economy; while communism and capitalism as well collapsed, with the US and Japanese economies; while in parallel Islam and Christianity are imploding, as the world and its leaders wonder, WHAT is really going on? Well the long and short of exile's end, is man's nascent redemption, as NOW proceeds. Its modality is Humanmics(sm) East West convergence movement, based on its Humanology(sm) NEW science and technology of "Receiving, to give(sm)" and its parallel NEW economic paradigm the "Integration of Laboor(sm)" as NOW replaces, the old "division of labor." In combination, this is the NOW emergant and ONLY new world order, AGAIN, that is "man's redemption." This is the "Jerusalem Narrative." Blessings, Yehoshua Ya'acov

    December 5, 2010 at 8:04 pm | Reply
  22. Peter Mills Johannesburg South Africa

    The previous post by , davegg, is typical of the problem we are facing on this planet.I love my neighbour,and i am in total agreement,with the thought of hugging my neighbour...The right thing to do is to,HUG NEIGHBOUR AND TREE!!!!!we now have 7billion,neighbour's on this planet,we,consume oxygen and create,carbon monoxide.DO YOU SAY THAT IS THE RIGHT THING TO DO,..DAVE-EGG.????The chances will be greater of ensuring your neighbour has something to eat,if we stop cutting down tree's. AND stop making neighbours,Or soon this world will consist of stick malnutrioned, starving and dying.NEIGHBOURS....Dave-egg

    December 5, 2010 at 8:10 pm | Reply
  23. Thomas Hanson

    as I said..to quote the late George Carlin..."Save the Planet...we can't even take care of ourselves yet" Donate your time and money to feeding the homeless. Better yet, build a complex for the homeless.

    December 6, 2010 at 1:10 am | Reply
  24. Jurgen R. Brul

    Hello Daryl Christine Hannah and CNN friends,

    I would like an answer from Daryl Christine Hannah on the following questions:

    – How will you Improve the environment of Haiti?

    – How will you Improve Clean and Safe Water worldwide, while the North German Lloyd (Hapag-Lloyd AG) Cargo Ship “the Goslar” is Still Polluting Waters for Decades, especially the waters of Latin America &Beyond?

    – What can we expect from you in 2011?

    I am awaiting Daryl Christine Hannah’s replies.

    Jurgen R. Brul
    Hometown: Paramaribo
    Country: Suriname

    December 6, 2010 at 1:26 am | Reply
  25. New York

    Which product used all over the world uses the most raw materials (by volume) to manufacture and throughout its useful life span will continue to use devour natural resources, it affects all economies both from its use and non-use, while in total is the largest polluter in the world. In my opinion, the answer is “The gasoline engine”

    December 6, 2010 at 2:07 am | Reply
  26. Sean

    Poor grammar, bad spelling, and anger. Redirect your energy towards something positive.

    December 6, 2010 at 2:22 am | Reply
  27. Joe Ranger

    The only thing i would ask this Hollywood goof-ball is "Would you like to come to my place for a drink?"

    December 6, 2010 at 2:47 am | Reply
  28. susan

    firstly, why did you and jackson browne split?

    secondly, a carbon tax is NOT the answer.

    and why doesnt anyone stand up and say that biofuels are in fact worse than fossil fuels for the environment with regard to what goes into the finished product. say NO to biofuels!

    December 6, 2010 at 5:31 am | Reply
  29. Tom Scimeca

    I believe the biggest obstacle to making meaningful progress is not technological but based on international cooperation. The US is the largest greenhouse gas emitter but China and India are fast approaching. If the United Nations is any indication of global cooperation, I am pessimistic about how the US, EU, China and India can work together in making meaningful CO2 emission cuts.

    Someone has to be imaginative in persuading these countries to start acting in their long term interests or the game of russian roulette begins.

    So who is this someone?

    December 6, 2010 at 11:13 am | Reply
  30. Trav

    We use a lot of resources to extend the most painful part of out lives, (that is: fighting incurable illness in its final stage). Is this a good reason to give people the choice to opt for euthanasia?

    Also, what will motivate people to do things like turn off the air conditioning, or build a more efficient house when they are basically selfish, not willing to suffer or cant afford it?

    December 6, 2010 at 12:51 pm | Reply
  31. John

    There is a huge amount of conflicting scientific information regarding the effects of man made CO2 on the environment, and it seems very probable that any actions we take will severely hurt our economy, yet do nothing substantial for the environment. Why should we suffer economically in regards to man made climate change, when the suffering will most likely not help the situation to any level of effectiveness or significance?

    December 6, 2010 at 1:50 pm | Reply
  32. FlexSF

    I love this photo of Daryl Hannah. For a celebrity of her magnitude, she is always off of the radar screen. Love her.

    December 6, 2010 at 2:23 pm | Reply
  33. Curtis

    Seriously, I applaud your efforts, but what expertise on climate change do you bring to the table? Being able to speak mermaid and living in a post apocalyptic world are great skills to have in Hollywood, but reality is quite a bit different.

    December 6, 2010 at 2:29 pm | Reply
  34. Troy Allen Stafford

    I feel more then movie stars should show more intrest.

    December 6, 2010 at 3:48 pm | Reply
  35. Rodrigo

    The curve is getting worst. The charts are telling us it would be impossible to fix this. We´ve already pass the red line decades ago.

    So, how much of this ecologic efforts to stop it are real and sincere, and not just a showcase for famous people to get even more famous? NOT YOUR CASE, YOU WERE THERE for MANY YEARS. But now climate change is "inn"....

    How could we know who is who, and then decide to donate?

    December 6, 2010 at 4:02 pm | Reply
  36. Woody Creed

    When will people admit that man made global warming, climate change, or whatever they are calling it now is a sham, scam, etc?

    The ones still pushing it are either idiots, gullible, or have a secret motive, i.e. Al Gore making millions of dollars, or socialists using it as one big scheme to redistribute wealth.

    December 6, 2010 at 5:36 pm | Reply
  37. Charly

    Do you think the climate change and rising temperatures of the world's oceans will make life difficult for mermaids?

    Zurich, Switzerland

    December 6, 2010 at 8:23 pm | Reply
  38. Stephanie


    December 7, 2010 at 12:49 am | Reply
  39. Omar Haleem

    I was actually just commenting on mermaids. Namely My idea to have the statue of liberty destroyed and replaced by one which is designed on Madonna as a mermaid. ( Material Girl Madonna) and that to in solar panels sculpted on her gorgeous bod. Alas, i came asking becky to get someone whose name it seems has cropped up as a comment by Netanyahu who replied to the allegations that the mossad may have sent sharks to attack the german lady somewhere in the middle east. "Too Ludicrous' was his reply. Would you please get ludicruous on?. I think his next single should be the same. And, If I ever see another anchor ape Becky's style i will have to really give em a piece of mine own head. It makes me mad whenever I see that. Please do not ape another anchors style!.

    December 12, 2010 at 3:49 am | Reply

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