Washington, DC (PRWEB) May 01, 2014
President William Jefferson Clinton was honored Wednesday night with a Lifetime Achievement Conservation Award at the 49th Annual National Wildlife Federation Conservation Achievement Awards, also known as the “Connie” Awards. Attendees included local and visiting conservationists, philanthropists, and NWF members/ supporters such as former DC-area branding and web design power couple Ariana Ayu and David Robb of Ayutopia International, LLC.
“The Clinton Administration was one of the greatest for the environment in the modern era,” according to Larry Schweiger, NWF president and CEO. “We’re honored to award President Clinton for his body of conservation achievements that he, the Clinton Foundation and the Clinton Global Initiative have accomplished over many years. President Clinton’s huge wins include protecting many of America’s public lands and resources, reducing pollution, and combating climate change.”
Since Theodore Roosevelt’s presidency (1901-1909), no other US Presidents have done more to protect continental American land than President Clinton did during his terms in office (1993-2001). Protecting our national forests, establishing and expanding national monuments, setting drinking water and air quality standards, cleaning up toxic waste sites, and vetoing numerous anti-environmental bills were among the many progressive actions President Clinton took to safeguard our natural resources for our children’s children.
During his remarks, President Clinton spoke about the interconnectedness of a variety of topics, focusing on the idea that most of our domestic and foreign policy issues are connected in terms of our common humanity. President Clinton said, “The work of the 21st century is to define the terms of our interdependence.… The real question is if we can get a critical mass of people to do the work.” He posited that our foreign, economic, and conservation/ preservation policies are all interdependent, and that protecting our land and our resources is sound economic policy.
Event attendance included local and visiting conservationists, philanthropists, and NWF supporters such as former DC-area branding and web design power couple Ariana Ayu and David Robb. Like John Muir, another Scottish-American believer in conservation, David Robb is committed to protecting wildlife, like the wolves, foxes, and bears that roam his new home in Western North Carolina.
“I’ve supported the NWF and WWF [World Wildlife Fund] since I was a girl, so it’s a true pleasure to be at this year’s Connie Awards gala,” said Ariana Ayu, CEO and founder of Ayutopia International. “I can’t think of anything more tragic than forever losing another species due to our own ignorance, apathy, greed, or worse. It’s a very humbling honor to be in the same room with people who have worked so tirelessly to protect our wildlife and their habitats for us and future generations of Americans.”
This year’s honorees also included scientist Dr. David Suzuki, whose lifelong work highlights the relationship between humans and nature, Backpacker Magazine’s “Hero” and founder/ CEO of Outdoor Afro, Rue Mapp, and RenaissanceRe Holdings Ltd., who hope to create more resilient communities, thereby reducing the devastating impact of natural catastrophes through education and smarter building policies. Previous NWF honorees have included First Lady Michelle Obama, Robert Redford, Anderson Cooper, Al Gore, Jimmy Carter, Bette Midler, Walter Cronkite, John Denver, Arnold Schwarzenegger, Ted Turner, Aveda, Bass Pro Shops, Disney, the Anheuser-Busch Companies, and the Nez Perce Tribe.
This event, held in downtown DC was Co-chaired by Martha Darling and Shelley Cohen with Honorary Chair Jayni Chase (wife of actor/ comedian Chevy Chase). The theme was “Celebrating Conservation Leadership in a Changing World.” The nonprofit foundation raised over $700,000 at this event to further fund the mission of the NWF and the NWF Action Fund.
ABOUT ARIANA AYU
Ariana Ayu has been called “America's Mojo Maven” and is National Association of Professional Women’s 2014/15 Woman of the Year. An entrepreneur, author of The Magic of Mojo® series, interpersonal expert, Registered Nurse, and business/ brand strategist, Ariana is the CEO and founder of several companies including Ayutopia International, LLC, which creates empowered corporate evolution (specializing in the healthcare industry): decreasing turnover, increasing engagement, and building values-driven brand cultures. A native of the Washington, DC area, Ariana lives in the beautiful mountains of Asheville, North Carolina with her beloved husband David and their dog Iris.
More about Ariana Ayu can be found at http://www.Ayutopia.com.
ABOUT THE NATIONAL WILDLIFE FEDERATION
The NWF was founded in 1936 with a single-minded focus to protect America’s wildlife. Today it has over 4 million supporters and is the largest grassroots conservation organization in the United States. “From climate change to mining reform, from wilderness to energy development, from backyard habitats to connecting people to nature, NWF has the professional expertise and grassroots power to make a difference for wildlife and our children’s future.”
More about the National Wildlife Federation can be found at http://www.nwf.org