The Brower Youth Awards is an awards ceremony named after David Brower that recognizes six extremely young and exceptional environmental justice leaders that act on their own will to better the world for everyone.
Since this was my first time attending this awards ceremony, in fact any ceremony involving environmental justice, I did not know what to expect, but I did know that I will have a lot to learn and take away. And so I did. Having witnessed several young leaders who care about Earth and are taking action to protect and preserve, I personally felt underwhelmed about myself. There were youth who were only 16 and there were youth who attended one of the most prestigious universities in the world. The sixteen year-old partners truly took me by surprise because of the initiative that they took to not only change bad habits of disposing trash in their own neighborhood and city, but also to take their strong spirit and advance it toward regional, national, and even global action.
Though I say that I do not feel as proud as they must have felt about the achievements that I have worked for, I was definitely inspired and motivated by each and every one of the speakers and leaders because what they are doing is real and contemporary. They make me feel as though even I can contribute and become like them. If I think deeply about it, it’s true because each one of them started small and branched out. It was their strong spirits that drove them to accomplishing so honorable an award. If they can do it, anyone can do it!
Written By: Raymond, Senior, Intern at Tech
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