Marion Stoddart Receives “Children’s Planet Protector” Award from “E” inc.
Environmentalist and Citizen Hero Stars in Documentary,
Marion Stoddart: The Work of 1000

planetprotectorBoston, Massachusetts–April 11, 2012– Marion Stoddart, the environmental activist and star of the documentary Marion Stoddart: The Work of 1000, has been given the Children’s Planet Protector Award by “e” inc., an environment science learning & action center based in Boston, MA. Stoddart, who has also been honored by the United Nations Environmental Programme’s Global 500 Award and National Geographic for her work as a pioneer of environmental activism, is a citizen leader committed to a lifetime of grassroots organizing and coalition building.

A pdf of this press release is available here.

Beginning in the early 1960s, Stoddart drove the massive effort to clean up the Nashua River, and she continues her advocacy work today. Flowing through north central Massachusetts and southern New Hampshire, the Nashua River was once one of the 10 most-polluted rivers in America, but is now a source of recreational and economic activity.

Stoddart is also the subject of a documentary film titled Marion Stoddart: The Work of 1000, which was named an Official Selection of the 2012 Wild and Scenic Environmental Film Festival.  “e” inc. was the official Boston host of the film festival in Boston on March 31, 2012. At that event, filmmaker Susan Edwards accepted the “Children’s Planet Protector” award on behalf of Stoddart.

“Our mission at “e” inc is to create dynamic environmental citizens committed to understanding and protecting the Earth,” said Dr. Ricky Stern, Executive Director of “e”-inc. “This film provides a fascinating profile of an ordinary person who realized her power to make a difference and inspired many others to join her. We applaud Marion Stoddart as an outstanding role model, not only for environmental stewardship but for civic engagement of all types,” added Stern.

Stoddart said, “I am very honored to receive this award because it has been my life’s work to restore the Nashua River and to encourage young people to carry out similar projects to protect the environment and find ways to engage in and improve their communities.”

About “e” inc
 “e” inc is a non-profit organization that pairs science education with community action to lead environmental change in urban communities. Its mission is to inspire science competency and develop capable and confident individuals able to take immediate and sustained action to protect the planet.  For more information please visit http://www.e-action.us/

Recognition for Stoddart and the Film
In recognition of her work, Marion has received many awards including the United Nations Environmental Programme’s Global 500 Award (1987). She was also profiled in National Geographic (1995) and in an award-winning children’s book, A River Ran Wild by Lynne Cherry; she was a National Women’s History Project Honoree as “One of the Women Taking the Lead to Save our Planet” (2009); and has just published an essay in Written In Water by the National Geographic Society (2010).

The documentary film has garnered praise around the world, including Best Short Film at the Reel Earth Environmental Film Festival in New Zealand; Best Documentary Short at the Rivers’ Edge Festival in Paducah, KY; AT&T Award for Environmental Conservation and Stewardship; Projecting Change Award in Vancouver Canada; Speak Out Award at the 44th Annual Humbolt Film Festival, Arcata, CA; Best Call to Action Film at the Green Screen Environmental Film Festival, Venice, CA

The film has also been named an Official Selection in the following film festivals: 2012 Wild & Scenic Film Festival, Nevada City, CA; Berkshire International Film Festival; Boston International Film Festival; Brattleboro International Women’s Film Festival; Citizen Jane Festival; Cine Montana; Bend Film Fest; Los Angeles International Film Festival; Voices From the Waters International Film Festival, Bangalore, India; POW Fest, Portland, OR; and the Sedona International Film Festival, Sedona, AZ.

About the Work of 1000 Civic Engagement Program
Marion Stoddart’s campaign to clean up the Nashua River shows us that determined individuals can make real and lasting change. The Work of 1000 Civic Engagement Program shares her compelling story, passion, and process–via film and discussion—to empower others to act. Marion made a difference. So can you.  To learn more about the film and how you can screen it in your board room, school or community, visit http://www.workof1000.org