Brower Youth Awards

If you are interested in environmental studies, you may be interested in reading about the Brower Youth Awards. The award is named for David Brower. You may not recognize his name, but you may recognize some of the organizations he has founded: The Sierra Club, Friends of the Earth, the John Muir Institute for Environmental Studies, and the Earth Island Institute. He is quoted as saying, “I love to see what young people can do, before someone old tells them it’s impossible.”
Each year six students who are making strides in the environmental movement are recognized by the Brower Youth Award. They are students that have a passion for making the world a better place and have the will power to put their words into actions. The winners “demonstrate excellent leadership as well as a commitment to the communities their work serves. The recipients of the Brower Youth Awards receive a $3,000 cash prize, a professionally produced short film about their work, and flight and lodging accommodations for a week long trip to the San Francisco Bay Area. Youth environmental change leaders ages 13 to 22 (as of July 1, 2015) living in North America (including Mexico, Canada, some Caribbean Islands) and US Territories are encouraged to apply in our next cycle. Applications will re-open in early 2015. ” From the Brower Youth Awards website.

Here are the winners from this year (2014) and those from other years, too. If science is an interest of yours then I think you will enjoy reading the inspirational stories that brought these young people the awards.

A visit to a national park

“This grand show is eternal. It is always sunrise somewhere; the dew is never all dried at once; a shower is forever falling; vapor ever rising. Eternal sunrise, eternal sunset, eternal dawn and gloaming, on seas and continents and islands, each in its turn, as the round earth rolls.” John Muir

This July I had the good fortune of traveling to the Great Smoky Mountains National Park. I had never been there before and I was surprised at how much the mountain fog really did look like great plumes of smoke crossing the peaks. The locals even say “smoke” when they talk about the natural fog. There are so many national parks all around the world and many can be visited in any season. Check out the parks in the United States!