For her new adventure, Cameron is turning the tables and taking control of the camera. She's producing her own series on MTV, Trippin', which she says has changed her life. Along with a few famous friends, Cameron is on a mission. Without cell phones, assistants or stylists, this crew is camping out in places such as Africa, Honduras, Costa Rica, Yellowstone National Park, Chile, Bhutan and Nepal for a good cause—to help people learn about the planet...and preserve it!
On one trip, Cameron invited her friends actress Eva Mendez, rapper Redman and Blink-182 guitarist Mark Hoppus on a trip to Nepal, where they tracked rhinos. They also met with a local doctor working to restore the endangered Gharial crocodile population. Later, they were invited into a local home.
"It was incredible to see how in tune these people are with their environment," Cameron says. "They're completely self-sufficient. Almost everything that they use comes from their own land: eggs, straw, wheat. Even the cow dung is used to coat the walls. Nothing goes to waste. It's beautiful. It's inspiring."
Cameron says part of her reason for doing the show is to make Americans aware of how much they consume and to be more conscious of nature.
"I think America needs that so much because we are so environmentally unconscious," Oprah says. "We live on this planet like we're the first and last people to be here [and] it doesn't matter what we do...Some people think about their children, but we do not have the vision to think about what's going to happen a hundred years from now if we keep doing to the earth what we're doing to it."
Cameron agrees and says while Mother Nature will eventually recover years down the line, human beings won't be around to see the rejuvenation.
"So really, you know, this show is fun and we go and we play with the animals...but it's really not about the animals," Cameron says. "I would like for people to be a little bit selfish, you know? It's not about the fuzzy bear. Who cares what happens to the fuzzy bear? Think about your water, your soil, your air. Like how do you want to live? How do human beings want—right now in this moment—to exist? That's really what it's about: To [get] people conscious of that—that it's the choice for them."
Oprah: [These trips were] the only time in your life, I heard, where you said you didn't feel "hunted." Is that true?
Cameron: Yes, it was. In the end, when we were in Gamba...yeah, it was the only place. Those trips are great for me to get away because we really isolate ourselves and being there was just kind of, like, there's nobody around.
Oprah: I think that's interesting because that's about as far from celebrity-dom that you can get because [even] the baboons don't know you.
Cameron: It's so wonderful to not have to [worry]. You're constantly looking over your shoulder thinking you're going to be shot. Not with a bullet but with a camera. So being out that far we had like a day off in Gamba where we actually got to do nothing. We were all kind of just sitting on the beach and it was really lovely just to know that there was nobody who could have followed us out there.
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