A Los Angeles boy is among 35 youths nationwide who were awarded the President’s Environmental Youth Award by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency for initiative and creativity in addressing environmental and sustainability issues, authorities announced Wednesday.
According to the EPA, in hopes of saving his favorite animal, 9-year-old Justin Sather established For the Love of Frogs, an initiative aimed at educating others on the precarious condition of frog populations. The effort also raises money for frog conservation and organizes cleanups of local wetlands.
Justin, a third-grader, said he was inspired to start the initiative after learning about the decline in frog populations.
“Frogs are my favorite animal,” Justin said. “When I learned frogs are becoming extinct it made me sad. I know frogs are telling us that the planet needs our help. I want to be brave and work with people around the world to clean up the planet. Together we can change the world.”
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency awards the presidential accolade annually to K-12 students who demonstrate active initiative in addressing environmental sustainability issues. This year’s honorees included 35 students, all of whom worked individually or in teams on 13 environmental sustainability projects, according to the EPA. Altogether, the agency received 76 project applications from 26 states.
“We’re proud to honor the next generation of young environmental leaders who are helping solve environmental challenges and create a more sustainable future,” EPA Pacific Southwest Regional Administrator John Busterud said in a statement. “These students are making a real difference with far-reaching impacts in their communities and future generations.”
Established by the 1990 National Environmental Education Act, the President’s Environmental Youth Award program promotes local environmental awareness among youth and encourages community involvement.
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