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2 July 2000 Issue

David Brower Youth Awards
Source: "Diana Artemis" <artemisd123@hotmail.com>

The David Brower Youth Awards are for student activists between the ages of 13 to 22 and is presented by the Earth Island Institute. For more information about the award, check out http://www.earthisland.org/bya/index.htm

Deadline for application is August 4, 2000.

~~Patrick Kwan

The Brower Youth Awards recognize the outstanding and innovative leadership efforts of youth across the country that are working on environmental conservation, preservation, and restoration. The cash prizes are intended to assist the recipients in their future environmental work. There are no restrictions on the use of the award, and the recipients are generally encouraged to use the prize to assist in their own education or to further their environmental work. Six awards are presented each year. The recipients receive:

* A $3,000 cash prize
* A trip to the awards ceremony in San Francisco, CA for the recipient and
one chaperone
* An award trophy and certificate
* Local and national media coverage

Projects Conservation, Preservation, Restoration

The Brower Youth Awards recognize the outstanding and innovative leadership efforts of youth across the country that are working on environmental conservation, preservation and restoration.

"...Whatever you do in life, make sure to include CPR for the Earth. The Earth is a living, throbbing organism. It needs CPR-Conservation-Preservation-Restoration-on a regular basis." (David R. Brower)

Conservation: "Conserving our natural resources does not mean using them up less quickly. We can relearn conservation by reading the earth, observing that in Nature, nothing is wasted, and everything is made ready for the next user." (David R. Brower)

Projects in conservation work to eliminate or decrease our use of natural resources. Here are some examples of conservation projects:

* A project that plays a substantial role in organizing a local community to
pass a mass transportation initiative

* A project that reduces energy use by planting trees, vines, and shrubs to
shade school campus air conditioners and buildings

Preservation: "Aldo Leopold reminded us that the first rule of intelligent tinkering is to save all the parts. Preserving life on earth means saving all those things we can never replace, like species and cultures."(David R. Brower)

Projects in preservation work to protect ecosystems or parts of ecosystems. Here are some examples of preservation projects:

* A project that secures protected nesting area for an endangered song bird

* A project that plays a substantial role in blocking development of wetlands
via ongoing peaceful civil disobedience (sits-ins, demonstrations, street
theater)

Restoration: "Restoration means putting the Earth's life-support systems back in working order in a way that allows us to rediscover our own place in the natural order." (David R. Brower)

Projects in restoration work to reestablish the healthy functioning of ecosystems or parts of ecosystems. Here are some examples of restoration projects:

* A project that reclaims an abandoned lot, creates an organic garden and
installs an eco-center

* A project that cleans up a critical half-mile of creek and plants native
species along the banks

The Selection Process
Youth from 13 to 22 years old who have led environmental projects are invited to apply for the Brower Youth Awards. Applications are due August 4th, 2000. A Selection Committee, comprised of youth and adults who work closely with youth, reviews the applications. The members of the Selection Committee are based across the United States and come from a variety of disciplines including activism, academics and government. The Selection Committee will nominate ten finalists. From the finalists, the Steering Committee chooses the award recipients.

Eligibility
The Brower Youth Awards recognize the outstanding and innovative leadership efforts of youth across the country that are working on environmental conservation, preservation, and restoration.

"People my age should count on checking out reasonably soon, but our young people are going to have to live on this planet quite a bit longer, so we're depending on them to shape us up before it's too late." (David R. Brower)

To be eligible for a year 2000 Brower Youth Award, you and your project need to meet the following guidelines:

* You live in the United States, the District of Columbia or Puerto Rico.
* You are between 13 and 22 years old by August 4, 2000.
* If you are 17 or younger, you are enrolled in school (public, private or
home school).
* If you are 17 or younger, your parent or legal guardian will sign your application.
* Your project is associated with a school, group, club, or organization.
* You played the major leadership role in organizing and implementing the
project. You can think of this like making a film. Many people contribute
to the film, but one person is recognized as the director -- the person with
the vision, the motivation, and the leadership skills to get the film
completed.
*Your project fits into one or more of conservation, preservation, or restoration.
*Your project is developed, substantially implemented, and is showing results
by August 4, 2000.

Important Dates

Applications due: August 4, 2000 (postmarked August 4, 2000)
Recipients notified: September 15, 2000
Awards ceremony: October 14, 2000 (in San Francisco, CA)

The Application
You can get an application by:
* Calling us with your name and address at (415) 788-3666, x144
* E-mailing us with your name and address at bya@earthisland.org

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