Actor Robert Redford is the recipient of the Walden Woods Project's 2014 Global Environmental Leadership Award in recognition of his enduring commitment to a range of environmental initiatives.
WWP founder and Eagles drummer/singer Don Henley will present the award during a fundraising event on Tuesday, September 16 at the Citi Performing Arts Center/Wang Theatre in Boston, Massachusetts, featuring an intimate concert by the Eagles.
Proceeds from the event will support the mission of the Walden Woods Project, the Massachusetts-based charity founded in 1990. The organization protects Thoreau's Walden Woods and applies Thoreau's philosophy through educational programs that address the global environmental challenges of the 21st century.
Don Henley praised Redford's environmental leadership saying, "Bob Redford was an environmentalist long before the well-being of our natural resources became an international concern. Throughout his extraordinary career as an acclaimed actor, director and producer, he has devoted himself to myriad environmental initiatives too lengthy to enumerate."
Redford added, "I think the environment should be put in the category of our national security. Defense of our resources is just as important as defense abroad. Otherwise what is there to defend?"