Brower Youth Awards

Nathan Wyeth

Chevy Chase, MD

Nathan co-founded and chaired the Sierra Student Coalition’s Student Action on the Global Economy (SAGE) Program, created in response to the environmental threats posed by the current model of corporate globalization. From World Bank support of massive gas, oil, and mining projects in the developing world, to the weakening of U.S. laws like the Clean Air Act and the Marine Mammal Protection Act by World Trade Organization (WTO) rulings, international economic policy is shaping the future of our planet. In the years following the large-scale citizen protests in Seattle and Washington D.C. against the WTO and World Bank, the SAGE program grew from 30 students on the East Coast to almost 500 college and high school activists in over 40 states. Their tactics included public protest, lobbying Congress, and public education in support of their mission to “remake the emerging global economy into one based on… values of democracy, equality, social justice, and environmental sustainability.”