Photo Essay: A group of East Bay middle and high school students from Berkeley's Young Artists Workspace (YAWS) created portraits of their eco heroes.
Greer Jansen, age 15, said, "Fred and Ina’s work has significantly changed my thinking about the power we, as individuals, have to create a cleaner and healthier world." Fred and Ina Pockrass founded Transendentist, the first green dental practice in the U.S.
Photo by Greer Jansen
Kyra Traynor, age 13, said of Deborah Moore, "Once I started taking her photograph and talking with her and realized how much she has done to improve the environment, I wanted as many people as possible to know about her." Deborah is a co-founder of the Green Schools Initiative.
Photo by Kyra Traynor
Lila Jansen, age 12, said of Sylvia McLaughlin, "She was able to lead the way towards cleaning up the Bay, and at 94, is still working to keep it clean. Her work has influenced others to look at the way we treat our water ways and the environment in general." Sylvia is a co-founder of Save the Bay.
Photo by Lila Jansen
Rozy Bathrick, age, 15, said, "Meeting Nikki Henderson has left a huge impression on me. Her drive and devotion to change the world’s food system, and her overwhelming desire to help people has deeply inspired me." Nikki is the executive director of People's Grocery.
Photo by Rozy Bathrick
Madeline King, age 15, learned from Monti Aguirre that, "Wherever you look in the world, there’s opportunity to get focused, progress towards improvement, and learn." Monti works for International Rivers.
Photo by Madeline King
Daichi Murokami, age 12, said of Ari Derfel, "Iʼll always strive to be like him, to develop sheer determination like his.” Ari is the CEO of Gather Restaurant and saved his garbage for one year.
Photo by Daichi Murokami
Belden Carlson, age 13, said, "Melinda Kramer will always be an inspirational person to me. Through her work, she has helped me see what can be done to help us, others, everyone, the World." Melinda is co-founder of the Women's Earth Alliance.
Photo by Belden Carlson
Eli Fernau, age 13, said that Dave Phillips, "Raised my awareness about the preservation of dolphins and inspired me to help. As the result of my time with him, I often am seen wearing my "Save Japan Dolphins" shirt." Dave Phillips is the executive director of Marine Mammal Protection, Earth Island Institute.
Photo by Eli Fernau
Talia Rossi, age 13, said of Ignacio Chapela, "His story made me reflect on how important it is to follow one’s dreams instead of giving them up to meet other people’s expectations." Ignacio is a microbial ecologist who has been active in the fight against genetically modified foods.
Photo by Talia Rossi
Madison Williams, age 15, said about his experience with AshEl Eldridge, "I can now see just how powerfully art can be used to bring awareness and support to a cause." AshEl works for the Alliance for Climate Education and is a co-founder of Oakland Resilience Alliance and CommuniTree.
Photo by Madison Williams
Celia Jailer-Shannon, age 13, said, "When I think of super woman, I don’t think red spandex leotard—I think Annie Leonard." Annie is the creator of the "Story of Stuff Project."