Resolution J2901-2013

Honoring Jonathan Ferrer upon the occasion of his designation as recipient of the 2013 National Brower Youth Award by Earth Island Institute

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  • Jan 23, 2014: ADOPTED
  • Jan 23, 2014: REPORTED TO CALENDAR FOR CONSIDERATION
  • Jan 15, 2014: REFERRED TO FINANCE

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LEGISLATIVE RESOLUTION honoring Jonathan Ferrer upon the occasion of his
designation  as  recipient  of  the  2013 National Brower Youth Award by
Earth Island Institute

WHEREAS, It is the sense of this Legislative Body  that  the  continuing
welfare  of  the  citizens  of  this  great  State and nation is greatly
enriched by the purposeful endeavors of  individuals  and  organizations
committed to the preservation of our environment, and to the enhancement
of   appreciation   for   the   distinctive   features  of  our  natural
surroundings; and
  WHEREAS, A young man of  singular  distinction,  Jonathan  Ferrer  has
distinguished  himself as a young man of superlative ability, establish-
ing a high standard of excellence  and  purposefulness  of  life  rarely
achieved in youthful years; and
  WHEREAS, This Legislative Body is justly proud to honor Jonathan Ferr-
er  upon  the  occasion  of  his  designation  as  recipient of the 2013
National Brower Youth Award by Earth Island Institute, to be  celebrated
at  its 14th Annual Brower Youth Awards Ceremony on Tuesday, October 22,
2013, at Nourse Theatre in San Francisco, California; and
  WHEREAS, Earth Island Institute established the Brower Award for Envi-
ronmental Leadership in 2000 to honor  renowned  environmentalist  David
Brower;  the  New  Leaders Initiative recognizes six young environmental
activists, ages 13-22, from North America for their outstanding  efforts
to promote ecological sustainability and social justice; and
  WHEREAS, Growing up in a community of southwest Brooklyn surrounded by
three large power plants, Jonathan Ferrer witnessed firsthand the social
and  environmental  injustices that put the health and well-being of his
family and friends at risk; and
  WHEREAS, An avid environmentalist and volunteer, Jonathan Ferrer is  a
youth  justice  organizer  and  a core leader at the United Puerto Rican
Organization of Sunset Park  (UPROSE),  a  community-based  organization
that  works  to  ameliorate the environmental burdens of the Sunset Park
neighborhood; and
  WHEREAS, Through UPROSE, Jonathan Ferrer organizes the New  York  City
Climate  Justice  Youth Summit, the largest youth climate convergence in
the city of New York; the summit, which  features  speakers,  musicians,
and spoken-word artists, brings together hundreds of young people for an
opportunity to learn more about the social and environmental issues they
face; and
  WHEREAS, In addition, Jonathan Ferrer also facilitates community meet-
ings  through  the  Climate Justice Community Resilience Center, a space
for community members to exchange ideas and resources on  how  they  can
take individual action to better their environment; and
  WHEREAS,  It  is incumbent upon every citizen to recognize that we are
all stewards of our environment and to applaud the efforts  of  individ-
uals such as Jonathan Ferrer who work tirelessly to protect our environ-
ment  and  natural  surroundings  for  the benefit of present and future
generations; and
  WHEREAS, With his sense of civic duty and his  commitment  to  others,
Jonathan  Ferrer  represents the best development of the potential which
is inherent in our most precious resource, our youth; now, therefore, be
it
  RESOLVED, That this Legislative Body pause  in  its  deliberations  to
honor  Jonathan Ferrer upon the occasion of his designation as recipient
of the 2013 National Brower Youth Award by Earth Island  Institute;  and
be it further

  RESOLVED, That a copy of this Resolution, suitably engrossed, be tran-
smitted to Jonathan Ferrer.

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