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STOP THE PRESSES! TIME Mag. Reveals the 2024 TIME Earth Awards – Honorees include John Kerry & Jane Fonda – Mag Praises ‘Leaders Working to Save the Planet’ 


Jane Fonda’s Next Act + Leaders Working to Save the Planet 

On Sale Friday, March 29

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Today, TIME reveals the 2024 TIME Earth Awards honorees, ​​recognizing individuals influencing the future of the planet through their work on climate justice, awareness, and activism.

The 2024 TIME Earth Awards honorees are actor and activist Jane Fonda, former U.S. Special Presidential Envoy for Climate John Kerry, fashion designer and creative director Gabriela Hearst, co-founder of Ceibo Alliance and Amazon Frontlines Nemonte Nenquimo, and environmental justice pioneer and professor at Texas Southern University Robert D. Bullard.

Of this year’s Earth Awards honorees, TIME editors write: “When we introduced the Earth Awards last year, our goal was to highlight individuals whose actions have had an indelible impact on global efforts to address one of the most urgent crises facing our planet: climate change…This year’s group of honorees are being recognized for their influential leadership, whether on the runway or in the rain forest, in shaping a more sustainable future.”

“We are thrilled to host our second annual Earth Awards to celebrate individuals who have shaped the environmental movement,” said Shyla Raghav, Chief Climate Officer at TIME. “By honoring their legacies and impact, we hope their stories can continue to inspire generations of climate leaders.”

–See the full list of 2024 TIME Earth Awards honorees:

–See the 2024 TIME Earth Awards cover, featuring honoree Jane Fonda

–Cover credit: Photograph by Erik Carter for TIME

–Read the full cover story:


TIME’s Stephanie Zacharek on Jane Fonda: “Although it’s now common for actors to support causes they care about, vocally and financially, Fonda is the OG actor-activist…But in 2019 Fonda had a breakthrough that, as she describes it, was bigger than any revelation she’s had in decades of both acting and activism…She makes a brief reference to her own recent cancer diagnosis…as a springboard to talk about the prevalence of cancer in communities located near refineries, oil wells, and fracking facilities, not to mention the fossil-fuel pollution that surrounds us all. She speaks with urgency about the upcoming election, whose outcome could determine the fate of the planet.”

On how she felt a growing sense of alarm during the 2018 California wildfires, Jane Fonda tells TIME: “The skies here were orange-brown…I realized, it’s happening now. This isn’t something in the future. I’ve marched, I’ve protested. But given my platform, I’m not doing what I can do. And this could be the end. I have to commit myself more.”

On why in 2022 she and a small board of advisors established the Jane Fonda Climate PAC: “[To help elect ‘climate champions’ particularly down ballot, where] the robust work on climate is happening. Mayors, city councils, boards of supervisors, county executives…are the people that can create a whole climate plan, make it more resilient in your city or community.”

On how the Jane Fonda Climate PAC is already in high gear for this year’s upcoming elections: “This is probably the most important election. The problem is we say this all the time, only this time it’s really true. Who gets elected in the United States in November is going to greatly determine whether there’s a future.”

On why she is so involved in the climate fight: “I guess one of the reasons I’m so involved is, I’m 86 years old. I have a feeling that people can say, ‘Look at what she’s doing at her age! If she can do it, I can do it.’”


To celebrate, TIME will host the TIME Earth Awards in New York City on April 24 following the 2024 TIME100 Summit earlier that day. The dinner will feature appearances from honorees on the 2024 TIME Earth Awards list, including Jane FondaJohn KerryGabriela Hearst, Robert D. Bullard, and Nemonte Nenquimo.

The 2024 TIME Earth Awards is presented by premier partner Amazon and data and insights sponsor Deloitte.


The April 8, 2024 issue of TIME goes on sale on Friday, March 29.