When it comes to outspoken activism, few people have rivaled Shailene Woodley's dedication to the cause in recent weeks.
Woodley, best known for her roles in Secret Life of the American Teenager and the Divergent series, has been in the headlines for joining protests against the Dakota Access Pipeline,which will transport 570,000 barrels of crude oil every day from North Dakota to Illinois.
During construction of the pipeline, damage was done to ancient burial sites belonging to the Standing Rock Sioux tribe. The pipeline also threatens to contaminate the tribe's water supply. In response to the threat, Woodley and hundreds of other protestors have come together to stop the construction, which they say the tribe was never adequately consulted about.
Two weeks ago, Woodley was arrested for her role in the protests while livestreaming the events on Facebook. Over the weekend, hundreds of protestors clashed with police once again. And then, during the 26th Annual Environmental Media Association (EMA) Awards on Saturday, Woodley was honored in the Film and Television category, prompting her to take the stage for a heartfelt acceptance speech.
"108 of our brothers and sisters got arrested today for protecting clean water for not only those of us who are alive right now, but those of us who are to come," she said. "I want to make sure that my grandbabies won't have to buy a bottle of water for $20 because clean water is impossible to find... our water isn't being contaminated, it is contaminated."
Through tears, Woodley pleaded with the audience to stand up for what was right and to always make themselves heard.
"What's really important is standing up and making our voices so loud that they have no choice to ignore us," she said. "Go to Standing Rock... the time is now. We don't have any more time."
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