Do Something Awards 2011: Sophia Bush Explains Why She Fights for the Environment (Video)

The “One Tree Hill” actress also tells THR how it feels to have taped more TV episodes than “Seinfeld” and “I Love Lucy.”

The stars were out on Sunday night as Jane Lynch hosted the VH1 Do Something Awards. Among the honorees for the evening was One Tree Hill star Sophia Bush, who has been active in her support of environmental issues.

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Bush stopped to chat with The Hollywood Reporter on the blue carpet, where she dished on why fighting climate change is so important and what’s to come on the final season of One Tree Hill.
“The sort of passion comes in for me because I see everything as being so interconnected,” she explained. “I fight for the environment because we only have one planet, but I see how the environment affects poverty and how the environment affects women around the world.
“You know we’re looking at these mothers travelling across Africa trying to protect their children right now in the midst of this famine,” she continued. “The famine is being caused by a horrific draught, and global warming is causing draught not only abroad, but in our country.”

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Bush, who was previously opposed to using social media sites such as Twitter and Facebook, became active on the microblogging site following the 2010 Gulf of Mexico oil spill. She uses her account to raise awareness and share messages with her fans, encouraging them to take any steps possible to make the world a better place.  
“To me, I think people who don’t think it’s a big deal to toss a plastic bottle in the garbage are not only being irresponsible, but I think they’re being disrespectful of all the other humans on earth,” she told THR.
The actress also discussed the upcoming ninth and final season of the CW’s One Tree Hill. The cast is still in the early stage of filming, with the show expected to wrap its 13-episode season by the holidays.

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“[It’s] kind of a love letter to our fans, really. It feels really nice,” Bush said of the series’ end, admitting that she won’t be sad to see it go.
“We just found out that we’re making more episodes at this point of television than Seinfeld or than I Love Lucy,” she explained. “I mean, it’s crazy. And at that point I think ‘How could I be upset that this is ending?’ This has been such a gift.”
The Do Something Awards recognizes celebrities for their charitable contributions, but its main focus is to highlight the efforts of young people who are making a difference in their communities. Five finalists were chosen to compete for a grand prize of $100,000 for their organization, with the winner revealed live at the ceremony.
The Do Something Awards air on VH1 Thursday, Aug. 18 at 9 p.m. ET/PT.