Do you remember the moment when you realized you were an activist?
Yes, it was when I came home from Dimock, Pennsylvania, after sitting with the families there who could not drink or bathe in or cook with the water that was coming out of their wells because it had been contaminated by hydrofracking. I lay in bed awake all night that night wondering what I would do. At some point, I got up and went and looked at my kids sleeping. I made my way to the bathroom and looked at myself in the mirror and said to myself, “Who are you, Ruffalo? Are you really the person you say you are? Do you really care about the people around you? Do you care about your family and friends and community like you think you do? Okay, if that is true, then you’ve got to go and give these people a hand.” That is what I did, and believe me, it was a struggle. It was a fight every step of the way and still is today. Because no great undertaking ever looks like it’s winnable. That only comes later and only if you are lucky and are willing to fight and have a group of folks around you that are willing to do the same thing, too.
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