The name Jaden Smith may not automatically be associated with environmental responsibility in people’s minds, but the truth is that the 18-year-old son of Will Smith and Jada Pinkett-Smith has some lofty aspirations when it comes to making the Earth a better place and maybe even saving the world. Jaden outlined some of his non-entertainment goals for the future during Variety’s Power of Young Hollywood event at NeueHouse Hollywood on Tuesday, August 16.
Jaden Smith e Sarah (sua namorada) At The Variety Young Hollywood Event. WillowSmith Brasil … pic.twitter.com/v3nc2Ylsis— Willow Smith Brasil (@WillowSmith_Bra) August 18, 2016
As USA Today reports, Jaden Smith, who was a guest, honoree, and speaker at the Variety event, channeled his inner conservationist as he finished off his speech. Rather than spending his last few moments at the podium talking about his long-awaited album or successful new Netflix series, The Get Down, Jaden used his time in the spotlight to talk about something much more mundane and much more important.
Namely, Jaden Smith spoke to the world about his plans for a sustainable, environmentally-friendly water bottle. Because, as Jaden so succinctly put it, “the plastic, that’s the issue.”
Holding what may have been a working prototype of his vision, Jaden Smith explained to those attending the even how he likes to and plans to “give back to the world.” He addressed the problem of plastic waste, the petroleum industry, wars around the globe, and even the fracking industry. All in just a few second. Not bad Jaden Smith, not bad.
“My name is Jaden Christopher Syre Smith, and the way that I like to give back to the world is through the environment, because the way that the earth is going now… it is taking us to a breaking point where we almost might not be able to survive.
“The plastic, that’s the issue. I want to create a bottle of water that is made from renewable resources, that is not made from plastic, that you don’t need fracking, that you don’t need petroleum, that you don’t need to go to war for this bottle of water.”
Jaden Smith is apparently a big water drinker, and he is often photographed carting around big jugs of H2O. He also has a history of wanting to change the world. In fact, Jaden Smith has often attributed his news-making, gender-bending personal style to wanting to make the world an easier, safer place for people who don’t fit the mold.
As Yahoo Style reports, Jaden Smith has a new clothing line, and it’s geared towards wearers who go both ways — at least in terms of their personal style.
During a recent interview, Jaden explained the purpose behind his new clothing line, MSFTSrep.
“[It’s for] the girl that wants to be a tomboy or the boy that wants to wear a skirt and people try to condemn. We’re here for you. Tell us your stories. If someone at your school’s trying to pick on you, it doesn’t matter because Jaden Smith’s got your back.”
As the Huffington Post reports, Jaden Smith is used to being an outsider, he’s used to being misunderstood, and he’s used to being different. That could be why the young Mr. Smith has reached out to his misunderstood fans (and even his critics) in an effort to make their lives a little better. Jaden spoke of his “different-ness” in a recent Variety interview; he was also featured on the magazine’s cover.
“I’ve always looked at life differently. I always knew no one was going to understand me — since before I could talk — and that’s why I was so quiet. I was very calm, very to myself. I could tell I felt about life differently than other kids; I could tell by the way they treated me.”
In a nutshell, Jaden Smith knows you don’t understand him, but he simply doesn’t care. And if you’re misunderstood yourself, he might just be able to make your life a bit easier. He’s made a career of being something of an unapologetic public oddity, which helps his fans to know they’re not alone.
Just the other day, Jaden (who has spoken about getting out of the public spotlight at a young age — after changing the world, of course), tweeted about how he wants to make this rock a better place.
I'm Tryna Save The World And Get Out— Jaden Smith (@officialjaden) August 16, 2016
What do you think about Jaden’s plans for a sustainable water bottle? Are his dreams too big, or does Jaden Smith really have it in him to save the world?
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