The Smith Family Celebrates Honoree Jaden at 2016 EMA Awards

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(L-R) Actors Trey Smith and Jaden Smith and Jada Pinkett Smith, singer Willow Smith and actor Will Smith attend the Environmental Media Association 26th Annual EMA Awards
(L-R) Actors Trey Smith and Jaden Smith and Jada Pinkett Smith, singer Willow Smith and actor Will Smith attend the Environmental Media Association 26th Annual EMA Awards

Photo Credit: Getty Images for Environmental Media Association

The Smith family—Will, Jada Pinkett, Willow, Jaden and Trey—made a rare outing as a unit over the weekend to honor Jaden, who was being presented with the Male Futures Award at the 2016 EMA’s (Environmental Media Awards).

The 18-year-old was honored for his leadership and action on environmental issues; he was recognized and honored as an environmental pioneer who embodies the commitment and leadership to raise awareness of environmental issues.

 

Honoree Shailene Woodley accepts the Female EMA Futures Award onstage
Honoree Shailene Woodley accepts the Female EMA Futures Award onstage

Photo Credit: Getty Images for Environmental Media Association

The proud fam watched on at Warner Bros. studios in Burbank on Saturday as Jaden challenged the audience to take action. “It’s time to be proactive, because there is hope. This isn’t the first time in history that humankind has faced grave challenges into the next chapters of responsibility and collaboration,” said Smith as he accepted his award. “This is dedicated to those who are driven, committed, creative and hopeful for a bright and resilient future,” he said.

Others honored during the environmental awards included Shailene Woodley with the Female EMA Futures Award. The Divergent star, who has strongly and publicly opposed the Dakota Access Pipeline, gave a heartfelt acceptance speech that resulted in a standing ovation. “Thousands of people are committed to fighting and winning a battle against corporate greed with nothing but love and compassion. Live a more compassionate life because the ripple effect of that is what is going to save our oceans, our planet, and our race,” she noted.

(L-R) Actress Darby Stanchfield, president EMA Debbie Levin and actors Emmanuelle Chriqui and Malin Akerman
(L-R) Actress Darby Stanchfield, president EMA Debbie Levin and actors Emmanuelle Chriqui and Malin Akerman

Photo Credit: Getty Images for Environmental Media Association

Fellow honoree Moby brought the house down as he gave a surprise live musical performance accompanying his speech on animal agriculture. “One thing that we collectively as a nation and species could do to really address environmental concerns is stop supporting animal agriculture. We can address environmental issues just by stop subsidizing animal agriculture.”

Host Nicole Richie led the evening preaching about being environmentally conscious with some light political banter. “Are we all ready to make America green again? I am calling for a total and complete ban on climate change deniers. Nobody loves the environment more than Richie does. I was one of the first Young Hollywood board members. Before me, no one drove a Prius, no one took their bags to the market. In fact, I’m pretty sure I invented the concept of smoking weed out of a pen. That’s why nobody has a better relationship with the greens than I do.”

 

Nikki Reed (L) and Ian Somerhalder
Nikki Reed (L) and Ian Somerhalder

Photo Credit: Getty Images for Environmental Media Association

Additional guests at the event included James Van Der Beek, Kimberly Brook, Malin Akerman, Nikki Reed, Ian Somerhalder, Lance Bass,Emmanuelle Chriqui, Darby Stanchfield, Jamie-Lynn Sigler,Joey Graceffa, Karreuche Tran, Francesca Eastwood, Frances Fisher, Shiri Appleby, Connor Franta, Wendie Malick, Perrey Reeves, Ed Begley Jr., Ryan Guzman, Michaela Watkins, Zoe Lister-Jones, Tara Lynne Barr, Tommy Dewey, Marcus Schribner, Angelique Cabral, Phillippe Cousteau, Dawn Olivieri, Leilani Munter, Ione Skye, Jason Stuart, John Savage, Kodi-Smit McPhee, Sarah Wright Olsen, Scottie Thompson, Shannyn Sossamon, Cary Elwes, Ray Parker Jr., Amber Childers, Austin Rivers, Barry Bostwick, Brec Bassinger, Holly Barrett, Matt Nemethy, Maureen McCormick, Mikaela Hoover, Brittany Furlan, Matt Cutshall, and Arielle Vandenberg.

After an awards presentation, Warner Bros. studios opened up to a street food fest for guests.

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