Carolina Garcia Travesi
At 15 years of age, Carolina Garcia Travesi of Mexico is an old hand at addressing large groups as she travels around the world exuding energy and hope for the environment. Her interest in the environment began at the age of eight when she attended a class at her school entitled `Ecology and the Consumer'. From then on, she set herself on a path to explore the environmental issues of our time and what she could do to make a difference. In 1991, Carolina founded the Club Ecologista, a group of school children committed to taking action on behalf of the environment. Their efforts focused on educating children and their families about recycling, water conservation, tree planting, among others. Contact with the media and governmental agencies expanded her scope. In 1992, the President of Mexico designated her as a Youth Representative to the Earth Summit in Brazil. In 1993, Carolina attended the Earth Restoration Corps Teen Training in Colorado, and was the main speaker at the Sacred Earth Conference. That same year, she was the recipient of the Windstar Youth Award, and she initiated the creation of another organization - Force to Restore Our Gaia Society (FROGS) - in the hope of expanding the network of youth doing environmental work. She has written articles in numerous publications and has had hundreds written about her.