"Amazon John" & Olivia Newton-John Easterling
Receive the Inaugural 2012 ACEER Legacy Award
(October 16, 2012, Park City, Utah) The ACEER Foundation (Amazon Center for Environmental Education and Research) announced today that “Amazon John” Easterling and his wife, Olivia Newton-John Easterling, were chosen to receive the First Annual 2012 ACEER Legacy Award for their dedicated lifework and ongoing financial support to preserve the Amazon Rainforest. This prestigious award was presented to the Easterlings on October 12th during the 2012 TriVita, Inc. “Wellness Celebration Summit” held in Park City, Utah.
Founded in 1991, the ACEER Foundation has been a dynamic force for the preservation and sustainability of the Amazon Rainforest. Over $10.5 million dollars have been invested by the ACEER Foundation in experiential conservation education in the Amazon. “What ACEER does best is to provide a transforming experiential learning opportunity in the Amazon to a local and global audience in the cause of preserving the Rainforest” says Dr. Roger W. Mustalish, who has been the President of the ACEER Foundation for 16 years. “The Annual ACEER Legacy Award is in recognition of a lifetime commitment to the conservation of the Amazon Rainforest. I am extremely fortunate to have had the opportunity to personally work with John and Olivia over the past five years to advance the scope and reach of the ACEER Foundation. Their impact on the conservation of the Rainforest is beyond measure and it is an honor to present them with this well-deserved award. ”
Having spent the past 22 years in the Rainforest working directly with the indigenous people of the Amazon, John Easterling is a true visionary with passion driven by his life purpose. “Olivia and I are extremely grateful for the opportunity to serve with Dr. Mustalish and the ACEER Foundation to help make a difference in the long-term future of the Rainforest. We are more committed than ever before to continue our conservation efforts and support for indigenous people of the Amazon” says Easterling. “It is a great honor for us to be the first recipients of the ACEER Legacy Award and we proudly accept this award with gratitude.” The ACEER Foundation will continue its quest to create awareness and synergy for the conservation of the Amazon Rainforest through financial support from major strategic corporate partners including The National Geographic Society and TriVita, Inc.
TriVita’s CEO and Founder, Michael R. Ellison has committed significant financial and human resources to support the ACEER Foundation and will personally work directly with Dr. Mustalish and the Easterlings to bring awareness to the sustainabilty of the Amazon by leveraging the power of media through TriVita’s International media reach. “The living Amazon Rainforest serves as ‘the lungs of our planet’ and is the most biologically diverse ecosystem on earth.” says Ellison. “With 33% of all species and the highest diversity of primates, birds and trees in the world, we must do everything we can to sustain the Rainforest and to ensure its future. Amazon botanicals hold the biological secrets to help bring wellness to the world.”