Green cred: Bender met his first politician, Bill Clinton, while screening “Good Will Hunting” at Camp David in 1997. “I realized that movies make a difference in the way you feel, and politicians make a difference in how you live,” says Bender, who went on to co-found the Detroit Project, a group demanding better fuel efficiency from the auto industry. After seeing Al Gore’s L.A. presentation on global warming last year, Bender and some of his Detroit Group cohorts convinced Gore to make the documentary “An Inconvenient Truth.”
Focus: Global warming.
Latest battle: Spreading the word. Bender’s Bel Air home is known as a party house for social activists. He regularly hosts events, as a founding member of the Hollywood Hill, a think tank for the entertainment industry.
Eco mantra: “When my child is my age, the world won’t look anything like what it looks like today,” says Bender, a new father. “There are going to be catastrophic changes if we don’t act soon.”