One of the most inspiring leaders of our time, David Brower, mentored four generations of future environmentalists throughout his distinguished career, showing us how to take meaningful action to combat environmental problems. Brower directed the Sierra Club, created Earth Island Institute, advocated for the creation of Point Reyes National Seashore, and helped save much of the wilderness we now cherish. The Brower Youth Awards are one way in which his legacy of activism lives on. The prizes are awarded to young people who distinguish themselves in the field of environmental action. In September, six youth leaders aged 13 to 22 from across the U.S. were selected to receive the $3,000 cash awards. One of the recipients was local student Jessian Choy, honored for founding the University of California at Santa Cruz’s Student Environmental Center, a new model for involving students in planning campus policies that protect the environment. For more information, visit www.earthisland.org.
Bay Nature magazine ◦ October-December 2002