Mark Ruffalo, Activist

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Mark Ruffalo, actor and activist. Photo by Carl Socolow '77.

Mark Ruffalo, actor and activist, has a reputation in the environmental sphere that's catching up to his big-screen reputation. While it seems he was born for the role of spokesman for the environment, Ruffalo says that some serious soul searching was behind his decision to step onto the national activist stage.

“I thought, ‘OK, Ruffalo, are you really who you say you are? Do you really care about your community? Do you really care about the people around you? Do you really believe in justice? Do you think that we have responsibility for each other? Or do you just say those things and not act on them?’ ”

His subsequent actions have made him an important and influential figure in the conversation, and while at Dickinson to receive the Sam Rose ’58 and Julie Walters Prize at Dickinson College for Global Environmental Activism, Ruffalo took the time to talk about fracking and the future of renewable energy.

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Published May 20, 2015