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Brower Youth Awards

Honoring Youth Leadership in Conservation, Restoration and Preservation

Earth Island Institute established the Brower Youth Awards to honor founder and legendary activist David R. Brower. The Brower Youth Awards recognize six young people in North America annually for their outstanding activism and achievements in the fields of environmental and environmental justice advocacy.

“Conserve the golden eggs carefully. Preserve the goose or there will be no more golden eggs. If you've already damaged the goose, get going on Restoration.” —David R. Brower



Learn more about inspiring 2007 award winners:


Carlos Moreno, 19

Carlos is all about being the change—hear about his commitment to his Boston community and how he lives the change he believes in.

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Jon Warnow, 23

Listen to Jon's energetic acceptance speech as he invites all of us to “step outside our comfort zones” and remake our world.

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2008 APPLICATIONS: The 2008 application period for the Brower Youth Award is now open!

Applications for the 2008 Brower Youth Awards will be accepted until May 15, 2008. Request an application here. The winners of the award receive a $3,000 cash prize, a trip to California for the award ceremony and wilderness camping trip, and ongoing access to resources and opportunities to further their work at Earth Island Institute. Young activist leaders ages 13-22 living in North America are eligible to apply.

There are three categories for applicants:

:: Conservation

CONSERVATION is work to eliminate or decrease our use of natural resources and our negative impacts on ecosystems and communities. For example:

A project that plays a substantial role in organizing a local community to pass a public transportation initiative

A project that significantly reduces energy use on a school campus by requiring passive solar design and the use of efficient appliances in all school facilities.

:: Preservation

PRESERVATION is work to protect ecosystems, species, indigenous cultures and other irreplaceable elements of the world's natural heritage. For example:

A project that secures protected nesting area for an endangered songbird

A project that plays a substantial role in blocking development of Native sacred sites via ongoing peaceful civil disobedience (demonstrations, street theater, marches)

:: Restoration

RESTORATION is work to re-establish the healthy functioning of ecosystems; parts of ecosystems; and human communities that manage ecosystems. For example:

A project that reclaims an abandoned urban lot, creates an organic garden.

A project that rallies a community to fight for prison reform.


snapshot of March 2008 Newsletter

The above resources accompany the March 2008 YES! Education Connection Newsletter

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