Graham Nash Receives Environmental Award in Woods Hole
By: Elise Hugus, July 23, 2012
Singer-songwriter Graham Nash was in Woods Hole on Saturday to accept a conservation and environmental stewardship award from the Stellwagen Bank National Marine Sanctuary.
The award ceremony, held at the Marine Biological Laboratory’s Lille Auditorium, was part of a weekend of activities in celebration of the Sanctuary’s 20th anniversary.
Dressed all in black and carrying a camera on stage, the founding member of Crosby, Stills & Nash and The Hollies chatted with Stellwagen representatives about the need for individuals to take action to help the environment.
“People have to realize this is the only planet we have and we are making it filthy. We have to save the planet and we have to do it for these kids,” said Nash, before launching into his iconic song, “Teach Your Children.”
Taking a short break from a 70-concert Crosby, Stills & Nash tour to come to Woods Hole, Nash shared his perspectives on growing older, the responsibility of celebrity and some of his experiences as a rock star with the audience.
“I’m a human being, one of billions. But I always root for the underdog. I want to help people who don’t have a voice,” he said.
That sentiment applies to the planet and creatures that are harmed by human activities. On his first sailing trip—a 9-week voyage with David Crosby— Nash encountered a blue whale for the first time.
The experience inspired the pair to write “Wind on the Water,” a 1975 song that laments the demise of whales and is credited with raising awareness about their possible extinction