16th October 2012 – After 3 months of feverish public voting, the International Green Awards™ is pleased to announce the shortlist for this year’s ‘Most Responsible Celebrity’ Award. With almost 10,000 votes logged, this year’s poll transcended geo-political boundaries.
The International Green Awards™ aims to raise the bar around the ‘cult of celebrity’. Initiated in 2011, the ‘Most Responsible Celebrity’ award recognises an international public figure who has promoted the global sustainability agenda. This award puts the spotlight on those progressive individuals who are keen to harness the power of the media, challenge conventional thinking on the climate agenda and who are really ahead of the game by ‘doing their bit’ for the future of us all.
Adjudicated by a public vote, this year’s shortlist, in alphabetical order, is:
• Ian Somerhalder - Actor/ Model; USA
• Livia Firth - Eco-preneur; UK
• Nadya Hutagalung - Eco-Activist, TV Personality; INDONESIA/SINGAPORE
One celebrity from the above shortlists has secured the most votes and will be announced as the winner at our gala ceremony on Tuesday, 20th November at Battersea Power Station, London. The winner will then be internationally celebrated as the most environmentally and socially responsible celebrity.
Last year’s winner, international supermodel Gisele Bündchen, said in her acceptance speech “I have been blessed with the opportunity to bring attention to environmental causes; they are dear to my heart.” She also thanked her fans for voting and said of the award “Thank you for this special honour, I am filled with gratitude.”
The International Green Awards™ will be announcing this year’s winner at the iconic Battersea Power Station, an appropriate venue in light of this year’s ‘UN International Year of Sustainable Energy for All’, on Tuesday 20th November. The evening will also celebrate the winners of this year’s awards programme across 7 categories.
Nadya Hutagalung, Model, Eco-Activist and TV Personality from Indonesia and Singapore commented ‘Being nominated amongst all the other incredibly established nominees was such a huge honour. Now to be listed as a finalist in the International Green Awards™ I am at once lost for words and yet at the same time incredibly grateful that we have the opportunity to raise awareness about the issues we are facing in Asia and the amazing individuals who are striving to make a difference.”
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2012 Most Responsible Celebrity Shortlist
Ian Somerhalder – Actor/Model; USA
Short-listed nominee Ian Somerhalder of Lost and The Vampire Diaries fame set up the IS Foundation with the aim to empower, educate and collaborate with people and projects to positively impact the planet and its creatures. The IS Foundation focuses on habitat, energy and animals, as seeks to make connections to strengthen the push for positive environmental change.
Somerhalder is Ambassador for the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP); his work with the UNEP has included a video call-to-arms for people to participate in environmental activity. Ian has said of his environmental work “I don’t know how to do anything else other than be an actor. If I wasn’t in this, I would be in alternative energy and conservation”.
Livia Firth – Eco-preneur; UK
Livia Firth has a fastidious commitment to sustainable fashion. She started the Green Carpet Challenge (GCC) three years ago to bring the environmental and social issues surrounding clothing to the fore.
Her clothing designs make sustainable fashion their focus, making use of materials such as organic silk, fair-trade and traceable gemstones and sustainably harvested ostrich feathers. The Green Carpet Challenge was Livia’s brainchild to highlight the need for fashion to lead a new wave of ethical clothing, and to promote recycling of clothing as normal and desirable, as well as the right thing to do.
Livia has encouraged well known brands such as Valentino, Armani and Tom Ford to get involved to help raise the profile of recycled and ethically sourced garments and set a new trend for fashion that doesn’t cost the world.
Nadya Hutagalung – Eco-Activist, TV Personality; INDONESIA/SINGAPORE
Eco-activist, TV personality and short-listed nominee Nadya Hutagalung, is one of Asia’s most recognized faces. Nadya has devoted her time and voice to environmental advocacy, making headlines by building one of Singapore’s first few eco-homes from scratch, a project three years in the making. Her website www.greenkampong.com became an online resource for anyone looking for information and news on sustainable living.
Nadya has also been Singapore’s Ambassador for the World Wildlife Fund’s Earth Hour for the last three years. This year, Nadya is proud to be invited to be on the board of The Green School which just won the Greenest School On Earth title awarded by the US Green Building Council.
2012 Most Responsible Celebrity Nominees
• Erykah Badu – Singer; USA
• George Clooney – Actor; USA
• Pierre-Yves Cousteau – Marine Conservationist; FRANCE
• Penelope Cruz – Actress; USA/ SPAIN
• Livia Firth – Eco-preneur; UK
• Nadya Hutagalung – Eco-Activist, TV Personality; INDONESIA/SINGAPORE
• Ian Somerhalder – Actor/Model; USA
• Sachin Tendulkar – Cricketer; INDIA
• Vivienne Westwood – Designer; UK
• Zhou Xun – Actress; CHINA
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