Awards, Accomplishments, & Projects
My name is Justin! I am 11 years old and live in Carlsbad, California. My goal is ensure our planet is healthy for my family, friends, the future generations, and of course- THE FROGS!
In kindergarten, I learned frogs were dying from pollution, pesticides, and people cutting down their homes. When I discovered frogs are indicator species, I knew it was a clear sign that our planet needs help. Scientists say that if we don’t change the way we treat our planet then our future will face some serious consequences.
My mission is to conserve 30% of the planet by 2030 by protecting our rainforests and cleaning up our waterways so there isn’t more plastic in the ocean than fish by 2050. So far, I’ve raised enough money to protect 35 acres of land in Ecuador and I am working on changing laws and working with big businesses to help keep the climate problems and keeping plastics from polluting our planet.
My love for frogs keeps me inspired to stay motivated and determined to create positive changes for our planet!
“Kids like Justin have shown that the next generation is refusing to simply stand on the sidelines but instead is turning its passion for helping the planet into projects that have tangible, positive impacts on the environment now,” said Beryl Kay, president of Action for Nature
“We’re proud to honor the next generation of young environmental leaders who are helping solve environmental challenges and create a more sustainable future,” said EPA Pacific Southwest Regional Administrator John Busterud. “These students are making a real difference with far-reaching impacts in their communities and future generations.”
The Gloria Barron Prize for Young Heroes celebrates inspiring, public-spirited young people from diverse backgrounds all across North America. Each year, the Barron Prize honors 25 outstanding young leaders ages 8 to 18 who have made a significant positive difference to people and the environment.
“I’ve learned that one idea can change the world,” says Justin. “It started out with just me wanting to help the frogs. Now people from all around the world want to clean up the planet with me.” - Justin
We were so thrilled to recognize our AMAZING change-makers across the country who have done multiple community action projects in the last year! This round of Certificates recognized over 26 change-makers from 12 different states California, Colorado, Florida, Hawaii, Illinois, Michigan, Nebraska, Nevada, New Jersey, New York, North Carolina, and Oregon. We are so proud of the impact our members are making in communities big and small all across the country! -Roots and Shoots
At Reserva: The Youth Land Trust, we empower youth to make a measurable difference in the future of our planet, through projects in three impact areas—conservation, education, and storytelling.
Dr. Jane Goodall