我是演員，我大學沒畢業，所以我對你們每一位都心懷敬畏。謝謝，今天能來這裡令我十分感謝與榮幸。謝謝Sam、Julie，謝謝Roseman校長，我代表Water Defense領導層和員工接受Sam Rose and Julie Walters獎，所有獎金將轉交Water Defense非營利組織，謝謝。我本想稍微談談Water Defense，但我寧願談談你們，你們可以在網站上查詢Water Defense相關之事。我來這裡是想告訴你們，「活動家」並非負面字眼，這也是我想讓家長們瞭解的。我不曾料到自己會成為活動家，我算是誤打誤撞走上這條道路，因為套句Larry Krame所說的話－他是愛滋病活動家，也是我的人生導師－「你必須為熱愛之事而戰」。我認為尤其是你們正面臨許多戰鬥，我很高興地說，你們這一代已準備好擔負起這些責任。我們面臨氣候變化，我們面臨失衡的資產公司化問題，這導致環境惡化及社會公正等問題。這些問題迫在眉睫，我們沒有迴避或逃避這些問題的機會。很高興今天與你們這些年輕人共聚一堂，你們擁有豐富的知識以及優秀的溝通能力，無論以大環境或全球角度來說。因此我要求你們每一個人多少採取行動，別再墨守成規，顛覆體制，為你的信念奮戰。現在時機已到，你們是最佳人選。你們的世界與其他世代不同，你們確實能創造想像中的世界。人類歷史中沒有任何世代能提供如此多的機會，讓這麼多人做到這一切。很高興今天能與你們共聚一堂，很高興能看見你們走出校園、成就美妙的事業。我知道你們已學會這樣的技能，別害怕任何阻礙，十分感謝給予我這份榮幸。
I didn’t graduate from college, so I’m in awe of every one of you. So thank you — I’m really grateful and honored to be here today. Thank you, Sam and Julie. And thank you, President Roseman.I want to accept the Sam Rose and Julie Walters Prize on behalf of the leadership and staff of Water Defense. All that money is going to go to the nonprofit organization Water Defense, so thank you.I was going to talk a little bit about Water Defense, but I would rather talk about you. And you can look up Water Defense on the website.I’m here to tell you that activist is not a dirty word. And I’m here to tell your parents that, as well. I didn’t expect to be an activist — I sort of stumbled up on it because in the words of Larry Kramer, one of the AIDS activists and a mentor of mine, you have to fight for what you love.And you guys, in particular, are facing a lot of fights, I think. And I am happy to say that your generation is well-armed to take them up. We have climate change, we have a mass sort of imbalanced corporatization, these lead to environmental degradation and also social justice issues. And we’re sort of coming to a head — they’re all coming to a head. There’s really no chance of ducking it or not having to deal with it. And I’m thrilled to be here you young people today who have so much knowledge and so much ability to communicate on such a grand level and a global level.And so I’m asking each of you, at some point, to act up — be misbehaved. Buck the system. Fight for what you believe in. This is the time to do it. You’re the ones to do it. Your world, like no other generation, you actually get to create the world that you can imagine. And never in the history of mankind has it been so available to so many people to do that thing. And I am so excited to be here with you today and I am excited to see you go out and do wonderful things that I know you’ve learned to do. And don’t be afraid of anything.Thank you very much — it’s a great honor.