Jaden Smith will be honored by the University of California, Los Angeles for his environmental activism.
The 22-year-old son of A-list actors Will Smith and Jada Pinkett Smith will be named Environmental Champion on October 13 by UCLA’s Institute of the Environment and Sustainability.
“The climate challenges we face are too big to leave any ideas unexplored. Supporting the very bright minds at the school tackling the toughest problems with intellect and action is the true honor for me and my nonprofit 501CTHREE,” Smith told The Hollywood Reporter, adding that he’s “humbled and grateful” to receive the award.
In 2012, the young rapper/actor co-founded the brand Just Water, which uses plant-based packaging and sustainably sourced water. Through his 501CTHREE nonprofit, he has made mobile water-filtration systems available to lower-income minority communities in the U.S, including Flint, Michigan, which has long struggled with lead contamination in its water supply.
In 2019, he opened a vegan food truck to feed healthy, nutritious meals to the homeless in Los Angeles.
Previous recipients of the award include former American Vice President Al Gore and Barbra Streisand.