05 April 2011

National Wildlife Federation awards Robert Redford with ‘Conservationist of the Year’

Academy Award-winning actor Robert Redford has been named the National Wildlife Federation’s (NWF) Conservationist of the Year.

Redford garnered the accolade through his work with opposition to new coal-fired power plants, efforts to protect the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge (ANWR) and his private fundraising drives for restoration work needed after the Gulf oil disaster—just to name a few.

“As a dedicated conservationist and environmental leader, Mr. Robert Redford has focused the public’s attention on the importance of developing renewable energy, safeguarding clean water, and protecting the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge, while warning against the harsh impacts of global warming,” said Larry Schweiger, president of the National Wildlife Federation.

“I believe the efforts of the National Wildlife Federation are more necessary now than ever to protect our natural resources and to prepare the next generation of environmental stewards,” said Redford. “I am truly honored to celebrate the Federation’s 75th Anniversary and all of their profoundly significant accomplishments. I am very moved to be acknowledged by it in conjunction with this important occasion.”

Mr. Redford joins an esteemed list of former winners including Vice President Al Gore, author Thomas Friedman, former Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger, former President Jimmy Carter, Lady Bird Johnson and Ted Turner.

Eric Fortney | @elfortney | email
Eric is the co-founder and executive editor of the animal rights and eco-friendly news source, This Dish Is Veg. In addition to his work at TDIV, Eric is a father of three, runner, and lover of the outdoors.

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