Who’s responsible for some of North America’s most creative environmental victories? Meet an urban garden activist in the Bronx, water conservation activists in drought-stricken Nevada and California, and students proving art makes a difference. THE BROWER YOUTH AWARDS celebrates a new generation of leaders. (past Brower Youth Awards have won Emmy Awards on Natural Heroes)
The 2015 Brower Youth Award prize recipients include:
|Ryan Camero from Stockton, CA, for using creative storytelling to chronicle a fragile delta and the communities that surround it.
|Jess Grady-Benson in Claremont, CA, for fostering fossil fuel divestment campaigns on college campuses through student training.
|Dyanna Jaye from Charlottesville, VA, for mobilizing a civically engaged environmental youth coalition.
|Celeste Tinajero from Sparks, NV for making impactful and lasting changes through greening a high school campus.
|JP Viñals from Bronx, NY for energizing a campaign for urban green spaces through youth engagement.
|Kate Weiner of White Plains, NY, for creating an alternative space for environmental media through a student-run arts collective.
ABOUT THE PRODUCERS
Brower Youth Awards
Earth Island Institute
Michael Premo, Storyline Media
Michael Premo is an artist, journalist and documentary storyteller. In addition to his work with Storyline, he has created, produced and presented original works of art and media with numerous companies including Hip-Hop Theater Festival, The Foundry Theater, The Civilians, Penny Arcade, Company One, EarSay, Inc., and the Peabody Award winning StoryCorps. Michael’s photography has appeared in The Village Voice, The New York Times, Narrative,ly, and Het Parool (Holland), among others. He is an affiliate consultant/trainer for the Interaction Institute for Social Change and most recently he is working with Naomi Klein and Avi Lewis, helping design and implement a global outreach and engagement campaign for their book and film project, This Changes Everything. Michael is on the Board of Trustees of the Network of Ensemble Theaters and A Blade of Grass. He studied theatre at Northeastern University and the University of Cape Town. @michaelpremo
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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.”