Brower Youth Awards

Kyle Thiermann

Santa Cruz, CA

Surfing for global change

Kyle Thiermann isn’t all about surfing — though the sport is a huge part of his life and his inspiration. His five-part video series, Surfing for Change, urges people to make small adjustments in their daily actions to help save the environment. The videos have produced tangible results: Thousands of viewers have transferred $340 million worth of lending power from coal-funding banks to local community banks and have been persuaded to purchase locally and use less plastic.

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