David R. Brower was a powerhouse of the American environmental movement—in fact, it’s pretty safe to say that without David Brower, the green movement wouldn’t be what it is today. Certainly not a man who slept late, Brower founded the Sierra Club Foundation, the John Muir Institute for Environmental Studies, Friends of the Earth, the League of Conservation Voters, and Earth Island Institute, among others. When David Brower died in 2000, Earth Island created the Brower Youth Awards, honoring six young environmental go-getters each year, whose precociousness is on par with that of the young Mr. Brower. In addition to being swept off to San Francisco for a big award ceremony, the winners get $3000 and an arsenal of resources with which to carry on their work. This week we hear from two of this year’s winners. TreeHugger Radio
Phebe Meyers and her twin sister founded Change the World Kids when they were eight years old.