"We are so honored to be able to share with the global public this inspiring young voice for environmental issues and sustainability," said Debbie Levin, president of EMA. "Jaden is a true activist and role model that can authentically lead his generation to a more thoughtful and conscious future. Taking action and creating a movement sharing his vision of water stewardship, forestry and plant-based solutions with the goal to decrease the level of greenhouse gas emissions can influence billions. We couldn’t be happier to present Jaden with the Male EMA Futures Award. We are so grateful for his innovation, for his commitment to preserving our Earth and for the powerful example he is setting for not only his generation, but for all of us, to take action."
Smith, who is 18 years old, is part of JUST water, a business venture looking at new ways to source, deliver and consume bottled water.
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"It's important for everyone to know that you can make a difference no matter what obstacles you think are in your way," said Smith. "After seeing the amount of ocean pollution and the effect it was having on marine wildlife, I couldn’t stand there and do nothing about it — I knew I had to take action. By packaging water in bottles made from paper and plant-based plastic, JUST water is reducing the amount of harmful greenhouse emissions while helping to preserve the environment. With the Male EMA Futures Award, our voices are being amplified and we’re making a difference. Having the support from an organization that shares the same values as me makes the future more optimistic than ever."
Smith currently co-stars on Netflix's The Get Down.
This article was originally published by The Hollywood Reporter.