04/26/2009 05:12 am ET | Updated May 25, 2011

Jake Gyllenhaal's Urban Gardening Lesson (VIDEO)

Actor Jake Gyllenhaal spent some time at a school, waving a shovel about a new garden and having microphones and cameras thrust toward him:

The 28-year-old actor spoke about his experience, saying, "What I learned is that something like this is possible. There are so many things that I've thought of [including making] gardens like this. I had always thought this is possible on a mass scale. This is possible within a massive city like Los Angeles!"

Gyllenhaal is apparently no stranger to environmental issues, though he sort of fumbles around in that video, saying that he wasn't aware that gardening could be perpetrated in Los Angeles. In any case, here's something from Treehugger a few years back on Gyllenhaal's environmental awareness:

"I think I was brought up pretty aware of the environment," Jake Gyllenhaal tells the BBC, and making The Day After Tomorrow made him more conscious of environmental issues. While the film may have been high on the cheese factor, director Roland Emmerich tried to make the production carbon-neutral by paying Future Forests to plant trees that would offset the movie's CO2. Gyllenhaal himself had trees planted in Mozambique, spending around $10,000.