Sting and Trudie Styler receive environmental award
Sting and his wife Trudie Styler have been honoured with a 'green Oscar' for their worldwide environmental work.
The Fields of Gold singer and film producer Styler were presented with the International Green Film Award at The Harvard Club in New York by the Cinema for Peace Foundation and the BMZ, Germany's Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development.
The couple was also granted £1.8 million by BMZ officials for their charity the Rainforest Fund, to continue their global outreach programme.
Sting tells the BBC, "This is very special. This is the green Oscar and it is for our environmental work and the reason we do it is not because we get an award, but we are very happy when we do receive something like this."
Styler adds, "It is not only the lovely green Oscar, we are getting a fantastic donation from the German Ministry of $3 million for our environmental work within the foundation for the next three years.
"It will transform many, many lives and it will make a huge difference in the life of the foundation. We obviously need, in order to go on as an organisation, we need funds to keep it going. We're in 23 countries of three continents, that it a lot of need."
Previous Cinema for Peace Award recipients include Angelina Jolie, George Clooney and Sean Penn.