Green Right Now Reports

Matt Damon and Bill McKibben received top awards at the 2013 Environmental Media Awards on Saturday.

matt-damon-luciana barroso at the Enviro Media Awards

Matt Damon and wife Luciana Barroso at the Environmental Media Awards

Damon received the Ongoing Commitment award for his work raising environmental awareness. The film about natural gas fracking and the toll it takes on land and communities, Promised Land, which starred Damon, also was honored, as the best Feature Film.

Another movie, Josh Fox’s Gasland II, which shows how hydraulic fracturing of natural gas deposits is polluting water and causing health issues, was honored as best documentary film.

Environmentalist and 350.org founder Bill McKibben, who has led global protests against climate change and led demonstrations in the US against the tar sands Keystone XL pipeline, received the Lifetime Achievement Award. McKibben, a professor at Middlebury College in Vermont, has written several books about the loss of nature and the threat of climate change.

Hayden Panettiere and Save the Whales Again project (animal welfare insistute .org)

Hayden Panettiere at a Save the Whales Again! event.

Another major award, the Futures Award, went to Hayden Panettiere, star of the TV show Nashville, for her work on behalf of ocean animals.

Actress Anna Getty, a healthy living and yoga advocate, received the Green Parent Award.

Other awards went to TV and online media for episodes highlighting environmental issues:

Reality Television: Gangs & Oil, Vice

Television Episodic Drama: “Chapter 9,” House of Cards

Television Episodic Comedy: “Mother Fracker,” Last Man Standing

Children’s Television:“What’s the Deal With Fracking?” Nick News With Linda Ellerbee

Digital Content: Overview

The Screen Actors Guild Awards received the Green Production Award.