ANNUAL P Brower Youth Awards
"The Great Hollow Wetlands/Hanford
Supermarket project was an effort led by a student group I founded
and continue to coordinate, 'Students for a Sustainable Future,'
to prevent a 56,000-square-foot supermarket from being built
on a wetlands adjacent to our school. When walking the site we
saw numerous species of wildlife, either directly or indirectly.
We saw many birds and deer firsthand and saw tracks of black
bear and red-tailed fox.
This project sought not just to preserve the wetlands for its
scenic characteristics, but also mainly to preserve its intrinsic
value as wildlife habitat. On May 4, 2001, The Lebanon Planning
Board voted 4-3 to deny Hanford Supermarket's request for site
plan approval. Currently Hanford is appealing the decision, but
for now we have won a major battle to save Great Hollow Wetlands."
There are so many wonderful people, without whose help and inspiration
project and award would not have been possible. I would like
to thank my mom,
Alice Blackmer for her constant support and encouragement. And
could not be here, I am incredibly grateful to my sister Juliet
Duval, and my
father Bill Duval. There are so many students from my High School
from the Lebanon community whose past and present dedication
to this project
have made my job as an organizer a lot easier. On behalf of the
Connecticut River Valley, and myself I would like to thank them.
would like to thank David Brower. Although I never met him, I
can see his
spirit and character in many of you from the Earth Island Institute
Lisa, Radha, Mikhael, and everyone else, thank you for your impassioned
There are so many more who deserve thanks but suffice to say
you know who you
are and I am grateful.
"The world is run by those by those who show up. This quote
is even more
accurate when applied to students. So many in our society expect
us to be
passive and apathetic. Yet when we refuse to have our future
we speak up for our beliefs, people and society will take notice.
student involvement is a rare occurrence that makes people think,
must really be wrong if students are concerned. And, yes, something
really wrong. Sprawl, unrestrained Free Trade, exponential growth
in terms of
the population and natural resource use threaten our future and
life. And while these major problems were caused by generations
before us, the
major solutions must and will come from students and future generations.
I have to ask is this -- show up.
-- JARED DUVAL