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Youth leaders are building a more inclusive environmental movement

Portraits courtesy Brower Youth Awards
Left to right: Rose Whipple, Mishka Banuri, and Valeree Catangay.

  On this edition of Your Call, we speak with three honorees of this year’s Brower Youth Awards, which recognizes young leaders in the environmental movement.


Young environmentalists are saving key pollinator species, fighting oil pipelines on indigenous lands, and building inclusive movements to protect the planet and those most affected by climate change. Where do young people see this movement going? What issues do they find most urgent and how can we support them?


Rose Whipple, a 17-year-old from Minnesota fighting the Line 3 Pipeline, which is proposed to go through Minnesota and indigenous territories and will threaten the way of life of the Anishinaabe and Dakota people


Mishka Banuri, a 17-year-old from Utah who helped craft and pass the Utah Climate Resolution, the first of its kind in a traditionally conservative state, and co-founder of the Utah Youth Environmental Solutions

Valeree Catangay, a 21-year-old from Long Beach, California who co-founded the Environmentalists of Color Collective at UCLA, which challenges mainstream environmentalism to include the narratives of communities and people of color

Web Resources:

The Hill: Utah governor signs climate change resolution after push from students

MPR News: Environment, tribal groups rally to fight Line 3 oil pipeline

Daily Bruin: UCLA student wins award for diversifying voices in mainstream environmentalism


Rose Aguilar has been the host of Your Call since 2006. She became a regular media roundtable guest in 2001. In 2019, the San Francisco Press Club named Your Call the best public affairs program. In 2017, The Nation named it the most valuable local radio show.