THE BROWER YOUTH AWARDS honors legendary environmental activist David Brower, and calls forth a new generation of leaders. From neighborhood solar power in Michigan to banning Styrofoam in Hawaii to food security in Nepal, meet six young people honored for their outstanding activism and achievements in the fields of environmental and social justice advocacy. (past Brower Youth Awards have won Emmy Awards on Natural Heroes)
The 2014 Brower Youth Award prize recipients include:
|Tiffany Carey in Detroit, MI, for engaging youth in solutions-based, citizen-science projects.
|Tsechu Dolma from Woodside, NY in Nepal, for creating a model for sustainable food security in Upper Mustang, Nepal.
|Jackson Koeppel in Highland Park, MI, for building community resilience through solar powered infrastructure.
|Sean Russell in North Port, FL, for launching an educational campaign about marine debris.
|Doorae Shin in Honolulu, HI, for working towards a ban on styrofoam use in Hawai’i.
|Lynnea Shuck in Fremont, CA, for propelling childhood curiosity into lasting environmental stewardship.
ABOUT THE PRODUCERS
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Soulardarity – Organizing energy democracy in Highland Park, MI through community-owned solar.Stow It-Don’t Throw It Project – A youth-driven marine debris prevention and ocean conservation program.
Find out more about the Brower Youth Award winners and their causes: David Brower was a pioneering leader in the evolution of the 20th century environmental movement. Time after time in a career that evolved over more than 60 years, until his death in 2000, he saw the need for expanding what people thought of as environmental, to meet the needs of an evolving, fair, sustainable society. A key part of Brower’s vision for action was his mentorship of younger emerging leaders. Earth Island Institute founded its Brower Youth Awards program to celebrate the spirit of Brower’s mentoring, and it has expanded its New Leaders Initiative to provide other opportunities for young people finding their way in working for the planet’s agenda. In his sixty-plus years of activism, nothing gave David Brower greater joy than see the success of the many young leaders he mentored, among them Dave Foreman, Amory Lovins and Julia Butterfly Hill. “My secret,” Dave said, “is to surround myself with bright, young people, stand back, then wallow in their accomplishments.”