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2009 Brower Youth Awards

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Brower Youth AwardsEarth Island Institute established the Brower Youth Awards to honor founder and legendary activist David R. Brower. Every year, the Brower Youth Awards recognize six young people in North America 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

Click here to learn more about this year's inspiring winners.

2009 Award Winners



The 2010 application period for the Brower Youth Award is now open!

Applications for the 2010 Brower Youth Awards will be accepted until May 15, 2010. Request an application here. The winners of the award receive a $3,000 cash prize and a trip to California for the award ceremony. Young activist leaders ages 13-22 living in North America are eligible to apply.

There are three categories for applicants:

  1. 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.

  2. 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)

  3. 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.


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