“I figured it out early: if you didn’t get cast, or didn’t care to play the game, you’d better figure out how to put on your own show.” Words to live by from Bette Midler.

The Divine Miss M was honored at Variety‘s Power of Women NY event presented by Lifetime. She returned the nod with songs, stories and an impassioned speech about how we must preserve our planet.

Thanking those who helped make her charity, the New York Restoration Project, take flight the diva then hoped that someday we could have a planet that’s just a little, “more just, and more sane and more civilized, and kinder, and more prosperous and more loving…” Before leaving the stage in laughs.