Longtime Environmental Crusader Robert Redford Receives Award

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Robert Redford smiles as he addresses an audience during a forum with New York Times columnist Maureen Dowd, not shown, at the John F. Kennedy Library and Museum, on Sept. 15, in Boston.Steven Senne / AP

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Two-time Oscar winner and activist Robert Redford received the 2014 Global Environmental Leadership Award from the Walden Woods Project on Tuesday for his environmental crusading over the years. Redford, 78, is the second recipient of the award; President Bill Clinton was the first in 2012.

"I’ve had various heroes in my life...Wallace Stegner was one, and Wendell Berry is another," Redford said in his acceptance speech. So I wanted to share with you tonight, something that Wendell Berry wrote, that I think seems pretty appropriate...'The care of the earth is our most ancient and most worthy and after all our most pleasing responsibility. To cherish what remains of it, and to foster its renewal, is our only hope.' That says it for me and I hope it says it for you as well."

After the awards ceremony at the Citi Performing Arts Center in Boston, the Eagles played a two-hour set of their greatest hits. Redford also appeared at the John F. Kennedy Library and Museum on Monday for a wide-ranging onstage interview with Maureen Dowd. During the conversation, Redford said he would choose Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Massachusetts) over Hillary Rodham Clinton for president.

Robert Redford smiles as he addresses an audience during a forum with New York Times columnist Maureen Dowd, not shown, at the John F. Kennedy Library and Museum, on Sept. 15, in Boston.Steven Senne / AP

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