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When we tuned in to watch the Emmy's last weekend, we, amongst many of you, noticed that lots of the celebrities in attendance had one little thing in common: green ribbons. Showing support for President Barack Obama's climate change plan and making a stand to , many of the famous faces donned the green accessory in a move towards solidarity for something they truly believe in.

Award ceremonies present a rare and golden opportunity in which you're guaranteed to have eyes across the world focused directly on you, making it the perfect chance to shout out and promote for the causes dear to your heart. Here's a list of seven brave and inspirational celebrities who have done just that:

1. Jeffrey Tambor

As if Jeffrey Tambor winning an Emmy for his portrayal of a transgender character in Transparent wasn't groundbreaking enough, the actor went on to thank the Trans community in his acceptance speech:

"Thank you for your patience, thank you for your courage, thank you for your stories, thank you for your inspiration, thank you for letting us be part of the change. God bless you."

While wearing a green ribbon, too. All in a day's work, huh, Tambor?

You can watch his speech below:

2. Miley Cyrus

After winning Video of the Year for 'Wrecking Ball' at the VMAs in 2014, rather than accepting the award herself, Miley Cyrus handed the spotlight over to a young man named Jesse "on behalf of the runaways and homeless youth."

"I have survived at shelters all over the city. I have been an extra in your movies. I have been an extra in your life. Though I have been invisible in your life, I have the same dreams as many [of you]."

Since then, Miley has founded her own charity, The Happy Hippie Foundation which aims to help "young people to fight injustice facing homeless youth, LGBTQ youth and other vulnerable populations."

You can watch the moment in the video below:

3. Aaron Paul

Winning his third Best Supporting Actor Emmy for the role of Jesse in Breaking Bad, Aaron Paul directed attention worldwide towards Kind Campaign in his acceptance speech. Kind Campaign is the charity his wife, Lauren Paul, co-founded and acts as an anti-bullying organization which focuses on advising parents, students, and teachers about the harmful effects of girl-against-girl bullying.

“Thank you for dedicating your life to spread kindness across the world. We all appreciate it. If you guys don’t know what she does, look up Kind Campaign. Do yourself and your children a favor.”

Post mention, so much traffic was directed towards Kind Campaign's website that the whole thing crashed and was still offline at 4 a.m ET.

Check out his speech below:

4. Sean Penn

When Sean Penn won an Oscar in 2009 for his portrayal of gay rights activist Harvey Milk, he dedicated his acceptance speech to those currently fighting to ban gay marriage.

"I think that it is a good time for those who voted for the ban against gay marriage to sit and reflect and anticipate their great shame and the shame in their grandchildren's eyes if they continue that way of support."

5. Richard Gere

Presenting the award for best picture during the 1993 Academy Awards, Richard Gere grabbed the opportunity to speak out against human rights abuses in Tibet.

"I wondered if Deng Xiaoping is actually watching this right now, with his children and his grandchildren, and with the knowledge that—that—that—what a horrendous, horrendous human rights situation there is in China, not only towards their own people but to Tibet as well.... We could all kind of send love and truth and a kind of sanity to Deng Xiaoping right now in Beijing, that he will take his troops and take the Chinese away from Tibet and allow people to live as free, independent people again."

6. Michael Moore

In 2003, after winning an Oscar for his documentary Bowling for Columbine, Michael Moore took advantage of having the world's attention to rally against the Iraq war. An effort that was met with cheers, and boos, and resulted in his microphone being cut off.

"We live in a time where we have a man sending us to war for fictitious reasons. We are against this war. Shame on you, Mr. Bush. Shame on you."

See the reaction below:

7. Patricia Arquette

When Patricia Arquette collected her trophy for Best Supporting Actress at the Oscars this year for her role in Boyhood, she honed in on the opportunity to make a stand for equality. A speech which got a wild reception from Meryl Streep and Jennifer Lopez in particular.

“It’s our time to have wage equality once and for all and equal rights for women in the United States of America.”

Watch the moment below:

Sources: Take Part, ET, Pop Sugar, Fortune


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