Eco-Celeb: Peter Garrett

Remember the anti-Exxon performance from the back of a truck in downtown NYC? The band was Midnight Oil. You might recall the peculiar dancing of the bald headed Peter Garrett, frontman for the band, for over 25 years. Peter resigned from the band 2 years ago, to pursue his passion for issues of social justice and the environment. Yesterday he was back in front of the microphone again. This time to made his maiden (first) speech to the Australian Parliament, having been elected last month, as a member of the Labor Party. In his speech he remarked "It is now well understood that humans ultimately depend on the health of the planet for their well-being. That recognition has produced a real change in thinking in recent times." In 2004 Peter resigned from his second term as the President of the Australian Conservation Foundation (ACF). He had previously also been on the International Board of Greenpeace. He received the Australian Humanitarian Foundation Award in the Environment category in 2000 and in 2003 the Order of Australia (Member General Division) for his contribution to environment and the music industry. Oh and he was a founding member of the Surfrider Foundation. And lets not forget, along with the rest of the band, wore a "Sorry" T-shirt at their worldwide gig, for the closing ceremony of the 2000 Olympics, in recognition of the Australian governments' inability to apologize for treatment of the country's indigenous peoples. Via ::ABC Online News [by WM]