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Your Call: What can we learn from the next generation of environmental activists?

Daniel Katz, University of Michigan
Brower Award winner Tiffany Carey (left) and fellow student count ragweed plants on a vacant lot in Detroit


On the October 15th, 2014 edition of Your Call, we'll have a conversation with three winners of this year's David Brower Youth Awards, which recognize young people for their achievements in the fields of environmental and social justice advocacy. Today's youth have grown up under an environmental crisis, so where are they finding hope and solutions? What are the issues driving young activists today, and what can we learn from them? It's Your Call, with Rose Aguilar and you.


Tiffany Carey from Detroit, Michigan, who worked to engage youth in solutions-based, citizen-science projects. During the course of three years, she organized high school biology students to place homemade pollen collectors in vacant lots, parks, and other areas in the community to measure the levels of ragweed pollen, which is notorious for causing allergic reactions and asthma

Sean Russell from North Point, Florida, who launched an educational campaign on marine debris and created the Youth Ocean Conservation Summit to provide young people with the skills needed to launch their own conservation projects

Lynnea Shuck from Fremont, California, who created a program to educate youth about the critical role wildlife refuges play in protecting threatened and endangered species.Through a series of labs, habitat hikes, and birding expeditions, the Junior Refuge Ranger Program at the Don Edwards San Francisco Bay National Wildlife Refuge teaches children ages 8 to 11 important lessons about conservation, endangered species protection, habitat restoration, and environmental awareness

Along with 3 other winners, they will be publicly acknowledged at the 15th Annual Brower Youth Awards on Tuesday, October 21 in San Francisco with a ticketed opening reception at Davies Symphony Hall’s Wattis Room, followed by a free public awards ceremony at the historic Nourse Theater starting at 7:30pm.

Web Resources:

Brower Youth Awards

Attend the 2014 Awards: Tickes and Location

Stow it Don’t Throw it

Junior Ranger Refugee Program

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