Young Eco-Heroes Take Planet’s Future Into Their Own Hands

By Catherine Girardeau

Eleven-year-old Colin Carlson of Coventry, Conn., took his cue from the penguins. The recent winner of the sixth annual Action for Nature International Young Eco-Hero Awards in the 8-to-13 age group was nine when he visited the Galapagos Islands as a member of the National Geographic Kids Expedition Team.

“I was snorkeling near a beach that was supposed to be teeming with Galapagos penguins, and there were only two or three,” Colin said in an interview with GreenRightNow. When Colin asked why, the answer he got – repeated El Nino ocean warming cycles associated with global climate change – prompted him to launch
“The Cool Coventry Club” to educate people about global warming and energy conservation, starting in his hometown.

San Francisco, California-based non-profit Action for Nature’s president, Beryl Kay, said her organization started the International Young Eco-Hero Awards after publishing a book about children’s successful environmental efforts around the world. “We thought it would be worthwhile to keep in touch with children who are doing exciting environmental things,” Kay said.