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ROCK THE EARTH ANNOUNCES 2014 PLANET DEFENDER AWARD WINNERS
Artist John Butler, Community Leader Bill McKibben and Grassroots Activist Dr. Anthony R. Ingraffea Recognized for their Efforts in Defense of the Environment During Earth Month
DENVER – April 17, 2014 – Rock the Earth, a national nonprofit environmental organization that partners with the music industry, today announced the winners of the ninth annual Planet Defender Awards. Based on nominations from the community and Rock the Earth’s national volunteer network, the Planet Defender Awards pay tribute to the exceptional individuals and groups working to protect Earth and inspire others to action. Announced during Earth Month, the awards recognize winners in three categories: artist, community leader and grassroots activist.
The 2014 Planet Defender Award winners:
· Artist: John Butler
· Community Leader: Bill McKibben
Grassroots Activist: Dr. Anthony R. Ingraffea
“The ninth annual Planet Defender Awards highlight the work of three, but also pay tribute to the countless hours, energy and advocacy of others just like them, who defend our planet every day,” said Marc Ross, executive director and founder of Rock the Earth. “This Earth Day, we honor John Butler, Bill McKibben and Dr. Anthony R. Ingraffea with Planet Defender Awards, with gratitude for their commitment to the environment, and hope that by raising awareness around important issues, we can all contribute to building a community more dedicated to protecting the Earth.”
Planet Defender Award – Artist – John Butler
This year’s Planet Defender Award (Artist) is presented to John Butler, an Australian-American musician, songwriter, record label owner and producer, who has been an advocate of peace, environmental protection and global harmony.
Butler has supported causes including The Wilderness Society and Save Ningaloo Reef campaign. He has been one of the largest supporters of the “Save the Kimberley” campaign, protesting massive industrial development including a proposed gas refinery in Western Australia’s Kimberley region. John and his wife, Danielle Caruana, are co-founders of The Seed, which supports artistic expression and encourages social, cultural and artistic diversity in Australian society.
“This award is dedicated to all the front line NVDA (non-violent direct action) activists around the world who put their life and limbs on the line everyday for a better tomorrow,” said musician John Butler. “These are the individuals who constantly inspire me. These are the true unsung heroes. Without them many social and human rights and sacred places on this planet would have been lost. Thanks for thinking of me.”
Planet Defender Award – Community Leader – Bill McKibben
Author, educator and environmentalist Bill McKibben is recipient of the 2014 Planet Defender Award (Community Leader), recognizing his work championing the Earth and educating people about climate change. He founded