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Lady Gaga, Lin-Manuel Miranda, Julia Louis-Dreyfus among stars calling on entertainment CEOs to back action on climate change

Megawatt stars including Kerry Washington, Barbra Streisand, Leonardo DiCaprio, John Legend, Lady Gaga and Robert Redford are calling on some of the entertainment industry's most powerful CEOs to demand Congress "put forward and pass the most ambitious climate change agenda in U.S. history" proposed by President Biden.

"Climate change has arrived on our doorstep: California is on fire, record-breaking and deadly storms are flooding New York City, [and] hurricanes are devastating the Gulf," more than 60 celebrities said in an open letter released Thursday by the Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC) Action Fund.

"Right now, we have a critical window of opportunity to do something about it. And we need all hands on deck to demand that our leaders protect the people we love and the places they live before it's too late," stated the letter, addressed to executives including Apple's Tim Cook, Walt Disney CEO Bob Chapek and Amazon's Andy Jassey, among others.

Lawmakers, the letter said, have a "once-in-a-generation opportunity to invest in a clean, just, and equitable future for all by passing the robust climate action that President Biden called for in his Build Back Better agenda."

"This legislation will create healthier communities, put millions to work in clean energy jobs, and free us from the fossil fuels that are driving climate change."

Biden has called for "bold action" via his Build Back Better agenda in order to battle climate change. A $3.5 trillion budget resolution from Democrats would include aspects of Biden's plan, with investments in clean electricity and conservation jobs.

Among the star power signing onto the letter, which the NRDC Action Fund said was initiated in partnership with "Havana" singer Camila Cabello: Julia Louis-Dreyfus, Selena Gomez, Hugh Jackman, Jimmy Kimmel, Sean Penn, Joaquin Phoenix, Billy Porter, Lin-Manuel Miranda, Chris Evans, Jimmy Fallon, Cate Blanchett, the members of Coldplay, Glenn Close, Cyndi Lauper, Lily Collins, Ellen DeGeneres, James Corden, Shawn Mendes, Billie Eilish, Demi Lovato, Idina Menzel, Justin Timberlake, Sigourney Weaver, Ryan Reynolds, Shakira and Dua Lipa.

"The entertainment community has a long, proud tradition of driving societal change," the message to the CEOs said. "This plan will create a stronger, brighter, and more just America - and we need you to help make this vision a reality."

The famous names adding their signatures to the letter vowed to "do [their] part" and use their platforms to remind Americans to "do whatever it takes" and "tell your senators and representatives in Congress that you demand climate action now."

"At this pivotal moment, please lead the call," the note asked of the entertainment industry execs. "Demand publicly and loudly that our senators and representatives in Congress pass this critical legislation."