In Paris this month, amid international climate change talks, Amagansett’s Alec Baldwin presented the Equator Prize 2015, an award that recognizes outstanding community efforts to reduce poverty, protect nature and strengthen resilience in the face of climate change. There were 21 initiatives awarded throughout Asia and The Pacific, Latin America and the Carribean and Sub-Saharan Africa.
The ceremony was held on December 7 at Theater Mogador, though Baldwin and United Nations leaders announced the winners back on September 21.
“Climate change is happening and we need decisive action now,” Baldwin said in his introduction of the ceremony. Addressing indigenous peoples combating climate change, he said, “This is an enormous honor for me and I wanted to take this opportunity to thank all of you for what you do in the world—for your advocacy, for your leadership and for the steps that each of you has taken to bring us to this moment of hope for a new beginning.”
Watch the full ceremony: