Actors Honored for Work on Environmental Causes

Actor Matt Damon receives an award at the Environmental Media Association Awards. Photo: EMA

Actor Matt Damon receives an award at the Environmental Media Association Awards. Photo: EMA

If you spend your time perusing TMZ.com and PerezHilton.com, it may be hard to believe that celebrities do more than walk red carpets and stumble out of restaurants.

But sometimes, they also talk about toilets.

Matt Damon does, at least, and he — along with some other famous faces — was recently honored at the 23rd Annual Environmental Media Association Awards ceremony. Damon, co-founder of Water.org, took home the Ongoing Commitment Award for his work on humanitarian and environmental issues. In addition to his continued efforts to provide clean water resources to underdeveloped nations, the Oscar winner has produced documentaries highlighting a variety of environmental and humanitarian issues.

The nonprofit Environmental Media Association believes that through television, film and music, the entertainment community has the power to influence the environmental awareness of millions of people. The annual EMA Awards were created to honor film and television personalities, productions, musicians and musical tours that convey environmental messages in the most creative and influential ways.

Attended by everyone from Hollywood actors to models, singers and other A-listers, the event also honored Hayden Panettiere, Bill McKibben and Anna Getty, and included special guests like Julie Bowen, Malin Akerman, Constance Zimmer, Amy Smart, Lance Bass, James Van Der Beek, Marisa Tomei and Daryl Hannah.

See the full list of winners here.

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