Environmental Media Association Awards Show Highlights for 2016


The Environmental Media Association (EMA) did their annual awards show with panache and grace.

The EMA Awards honor film and television productions and individuals that increase public awareness of environmental issues and inspire personal action on these issues.  I’ve always been a fan. Now we can try and work together to also clean the world and the water too!

Here are some snapshots and videos from the night at Warner Brothers studios in California. 

Warner Brothers studio during the event. Getty Images for the Environmental Media Association

Considered “Food’s Erin Brockovich,” Robyn O’Brien was Honored at the 2016 Environmental Media Awards

Jaden Smith with Shailene Woodley. Getty Images for the Environmental Media Association

Watch Honoree Jaden Smith talk about how he’s working to save our planet’s resources through his work with JUST Water.


LOS ANGELES (Oct. 23, 2016) – Last night the Environmental Media Association (EMA) announced the 26th annual EMA Awards winners, presented by Toyota, Lexus and Calvert Investments. EMA is dedicated to harnessing the power of celebrity and the media to promote and inspire solutions for the environment through our impact in media and pop culture, and believes through positive role modeling the entertainment community can inspire consumers to take action. With this mission in mind, the organization bestowed its top honors upon Shailene Woodley (Female EMA Futures Award), Jaden Smith (Male EMA Futures Award), Moby (EMA Missions in Music Award), Robyn O’Brien (EMA Green Parent Award), and United Nations PRI(EMA Corporate Responsibility Award). All EMA Awards honorees were presented with crystal awards, in collaboration with Swarovski, on a stage built on the backlot of Warner Bros. Studios adorned with a sparkling Swarovski crystal curtain framing a custom-made Swarovski crystal-embellished podium.

The EMA Awards was hosted by board member Nicole Richie. Attendees included Will Smith, Jada Pinkett-Smith, Willow Smith, Trey Smith, James Van Der Beek, Kimberly Brook, Malin Akerman, Nikki Reed, Ian Somerhalder, Lance Bass,Emmanuelle Chriqui, Darby Stanchfield, Jamie-Lynn Sigler,Joey Graceffa, Karreuche Tran, Francesca Eastwood, Frances Fisher, Shiri Appleby, Connor Franta, Wendie Malick, Perrey Reeves, Ed Begley Jr., Ryan Guzman, Michaela Watkins, Zoe Lister-Jones, Tara Lynne Barr, Tommy Dewey, Marcus Schribner, Angelique Cabral, Phillippe Cousteau, Dawn Olivieri, Leilani Munter, Ione Skye, Jason Stuart, John Savage, Kodi-Smit McPhee, Sarah Wright Olsen, Scottie Thompson, Shannyn Sossamon, Cary Elwes, Ray Parker Jr., Amber Childers, Austin Rivers, Barry Bostwick, Brec Bassinger, Holly Barrett, Matt Nemethy, Maureen McCormick, Mikaela Hoover, Brittany Furlan, Matt Cutshall, and Arielle Vandenberg.

Highlights of the evening:

Host Nicole Richie led the evening preaching about being environmentally conscious with some light political banter. “Are we all ready to make America green again? I am calling for a total and complete ban on climate change deniers. Nobody loves the environment more than Richie does. I was one of the first Young Hollywood board members. Before me, no one drove a Prius, no one took their bags to the market. In fact, I’m pretty sure I invented the concept of smoking weed out of a pen. That’s why nobody has a better relationship with the greens than I do.”

Shailene Woodley, who has strongly and publicly opposed the Dakota Access Pipeline, gave a heartfelt acceptance speech that resulted in a standing ovation. “Thousands of people are committed to fighting and winning a battle against corporate greed with nothing but love and compassion. Live a more compassionate life because the ripple effect of that is what is going to save our oceans, our planet, and our race.”

Jaden Smith challenged the audience to take action. “It’s time to be proactive, because there is hope. This isn’t the first time in history that humankind has faced grave challenges into the next chapters of responsibility and collaboration,” said Smith as he accepted his award. “This is dedicated to those who are driven, committed, creative and hopeful for a bright and resilient future.”

Moby brought the house down as he gave a surprise live musical performance accompanying his speech on animal agriculture. “One thing that we collectively as a nation and species could do to really address environmental concerns is stop supporting animal agriculture. We can address environmental issues just by stop subsidizing animal agriculture.”


PHOTO & B-ROLL CREDIT: Getty on Behalf of the Environmental Media Association

2016 Film and Television EMA Awards Winners

Documentary Film

How To Let Go of The World And Love all The Things Climate Can’t Change (HBO) 

Children’s Television

Cyberchase “Bottled Up” (PBS)


Jimmy Kimmel Live “Climate Change” (ABC) 

Feature – TIE

Jungle Book (Disney)

Consumed (Marvista Ent) 

TV Comedy


TV Drama 

The Blacklist “Eli Machett” No. 72 (Sony/NBC)

Excellence in Advertising

Angry Birds “International Day of Happiness” (Sony)

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Shaileene Woodley acceptance speech. Getty Images for the Environmental Media Association

Honoree Shailene Woodley gave a very inspiring speech this year. 

Listen to filmmaker Josh Fox’s acceptance speech for winning best Documentary for his film “How to Let Go of the World”.

Artist Moby does amazing work to save the bees. Getty Images for the Environmental Media Association.
Source: Environmental Media Association

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