UCLA’s Institute of the Environment and Sustainability honored Linkin Park, producer Lawrence Bender and U.S. Representative Henry Waxman for each of their environmental accomplishments.
The event, “Curb Your Enthusiasm’s” was hosted by Cheryl Hines last Friday at the private estate of Tony and Jeanne Pritzker in Beverly Hills. Linkin Park, who was honored at the event, began their work for the environment after being on tour in 2005 in Asia when the Indian Ocean tsunami had hit.
Singer Mike Shinoda said they saw the cities they had just played at being completely destroyed. Linkin Park decided to create Music for Relief to provide victims of natural disasters relief and bring awareness to global warming. Their foundation has also funded the planting of over one million trees, which has raised over $5 million in donations. The band recently announced their summer tour with Jared Leto and 30 Seconds to Mars.
Henry Waxman, another honoree was presented his award for his advocacy for the environment by Robert F. Kennedy Jr. “If there was any justice he’d be on Mount Rushmore,” said Kennedy, “He’s been the most effective leader in the congress for 40 years.”
Guests were treated to an acoustic performance of “Shadow Of The Day” and “What I’ve Done” by Linkin Park, as well as a stand-up routine by Bryan Callen.