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Rock the Earth

April 22, 2013 19:04 ET

Rock the Earth Announces 2013 Planet Defender Award Winners

Music Artists Linkin Park, Community Leader James Hansen and Grassroots Activist Caroline Cannon Honored This Earth Day for Environmental Work

DENVER, CO--(Marketwired - Apr 22, 2013) - Rock the Earth, a national nonprofit environmental organization that partners with the music industry, today announced the winners of the eighth annual Planet Defender Awards. Based on nominations from the community and Rock the Earth's national volunteer network, the Planet Defender Awards pay tribute to the exceptional individuals and groups working to protect the Earth and inspire others to action, and recognize winners in three categories: Artist, Community Leader and Grassroots Activist.

On Earth Day, Rock the Earth introduced the 2013 Planet Defender Award winners:

"Environmental work is progressing, but the challenges we have continue. Ongoing education about the Arctic is of critical importance on a national and international level. While there is better awareness now, we must have continued unity around protecting our oceans and the overall well being of who we are," said Caroline Cannon, grassroots activist and board member of Maniilaq Association and Goldman Prize winner.

Planet Defender Award - Artist - Linkin Park
This year's Planet Defender Award was presented to music artist Linkin Park. Since Linkin Park was formed in 1996, the award-winning band has combined passion for music with passion for the environment, giving back through extensive charity work, donations and benefit concerts around the world.

In 2005, Linkin Park founded the charity Music for Relief, with a mission to support disaster relief reduce global warming. Since its inception, Music for Relief has raised more than $5 million for the victims of natural disasters around the world, and helped to plant over 1 million trees to help reduce global warming. The charity's environmental programs also help educate artists and fans about how they can reduce their carbon footprint and how climate change impacts weather related disasters.

Planet Defender Award - Community Leader - James Hansen
NASA climatologist James Hansen received the 2013 Planet Defender Award for Community Leader, recognizing his work educating the community about the environmental impact of climate change. Best known for 30 years of research in the field of climatology, Hansen's testimony, activism and leadership on the dangers of climate change have helped to raise broad awareness of global warming.

Hansen has served as director of the NASA Goddard Institute for Space Studies in New York City and is an adjunct professor in the Department of Earth and Environmental Sciences at Columbia University. He also authored the book "Storms of My Grandchildren: The Truth about the Coming Climate Catastrophe and Our Last Chance to Save Humanity" (2009).

Planet Defender Award - Grassroots Activist - Caroline Cannon
The 2013 Planet Defender Award for Grassroots Activist recognized environmentalist Caroline Cannon for her work to protect against pollution from the petroleum industry. Born and raised in the native village of Point Hope, Alaska, Cannon embodies the Inupiat community values to care for each other and respect the land and sea. She has been an active leader in Point Hope for more than 30 years, serving as president of Point Hope and on the board of Maniilaq Association, a health organization whose clinics provide medical care in the absence of local hospitals.

Cannon has traveled to Washington, D.C. to speak to government officials on behalf of her tribe to share concerns about offshore drilling in the Arctic Ocean. With 26 grandchildren, Cannon is passionate about giving the next generation the opportunity to carry on the way of life she and her ancestors have known in Point Hope.

"For seven years, Rock the Earth has recognized the work of some very special people who dedicate their time and passion to defending our planet," said Marc Ross, executive director and founder of Rock the Earth. "While every day is Earth Day for those of us working to protect the planet, today we honor Linkin Park, James Hansen and Caroline Cannon with the 2013 Planet Defender Awards and thank them for their shared commitment to the environment and our future."

Previous Planet Defender Award Recipients

    Artist   Community Leader   Grassroots Activist
2012   Willie Nelson   Amory Lovins   Lynn Henning
2011   Pearl Jam   Robert F. Kennedy, Jr.   Josh Fox
2010   Bonnie Raitt   Laurie David   Louie Psihoyos
2009   Incubus   Van Jones   Jessy Tolkan
2008   Dave Matthews Band   Andrew Winston   Karen Cragnolin
2007   Barenaked Ladies   Carl Safina   Karen Dolan
2006   Jack Johnson   Rocky Anderson   Jason Rutledge

About the Award Design
Chris Nordin, of the Furnace Design Studio and The Glass Academy, designed and created the beautifully rendered Planet Defender Awards. The Furnace Design Studio is one of Metro Detroit's most renowned glass studios, producing work for a worldwide clientele with a focus on highly crafted glass manufacturing. The Glass Academy provides students with a unique opportunity to cultivate skills in the glass arts: glassblowing, stained glass, lampworking and neon using state-of-the-art equipment and top-notch instruction from local artisans.

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About Rock the Earth
Rock the Earth is a national nonprofit environmental organization dedicated to protecting and defending our natural resources through partnerships with the music industry and the worldwide environmental community to ensure a sustainable and healthy planet for all. Thanks to generosity and support of a network of music industry partners and the world wide environmental community, we are able to carry out grassroots organizing, education, and legal action to mobilize public support and empower social change. Please visit for more information.