LOS ANGELES (Aug. 21, 2017) – Academy Award and Golden Globe winner Natalie Portman was honored by the Environmental Media Association (EMA) with the EMA Ongoing Commitment Award at the 27th Annual EMA Awards Benefit on Sept. 23 at the historic Barker Hangar at the Santa Monica Airport. The EMA Awards annually recognize and honor environmental influencers and leaders who exemplify the commitment and effort to raise awareness of environmental issues.

“We are completely blown away by the slate of our 2017 honorees,” said EMA President & CEO Debbie Levin. “Our mission is always about celebrating personal responsibility and solutions. These activists have taken it upon themselves to be proactive, take action, and make a change. Natalie is the epitome of what EMA represents and we couldn’t be prouder to honor her this year.”

Portman is the producer and narrator of the new documentary “Eating Animals” which takes a look into people’s dietary choices and the food’s origin. The film is based on Jonathan Safran Foer’s book by the same title, which Portman credits for turning her from a twenty-year vegetarian to a vegan activist.

“It’s up to each individual to decide to educate themselves, take responsibility, and make a change,” said Portman. “I chose to adapt to a sustainable lifestyle after learning of the health risks and environmental effects that come with the mass production of animals. I want my children to look back and know that our generation challenged and combatted these threats. To receive this honor by the Environmental Media Association is a valuable reminder to me that I am not alone in this fight.”

This year’s EMA Awards will celebrate the 27th anniversary by looking toward the future, honoring exciting and innovative voices in the environmental world, and promoting solutions in innovation and activism to combat the current administration’s rollback on funding. Toyota and Lexus will present the 27th Annual EMA Awards Benefit.

Source: The Environmental Media Association (EMA) is a Non-Profit 501(c)3 organization founded in 1989 to inspire solutions for the environment through our impact in media and pop culture.

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