BOCA RATON, FL (BocaNewsNow.com) (Source: Florida Wildlife Federation) — At the Florida Wildlife Federation’s 81st Annual Conservation Awards Banquet held April 28, 2018, at the Safety Harbor Resort and Spa, eight outstanding Florida conservationists were recognized for their conservation achievements. The Federation’s annual selection of conservation award winners is one of the oldest in the state. Tasman Rosenfeld, a resident of Boca Raton, was chosen as the FWF’s Youth Educator of the Year.
As a 12th grader at Grandview Preparatory School in Boca Raton, Tasman Rosenfeld has excelled in scholastics throughout his academic career. But his dedication to environmental causes sets him apart; indeed he has accomplished more to raise awareness of the need for sustainability than most adults.
To educate others, Tasman has created his own non-profit organization to raise awareness of the critical importance of pollinators. These often overlooked species provide an estimated 1/3 of the food humans consume. Climate change has taken a toll on many wild bee species, including the European honey bee. The decimation of natural pollinators is an impending crisis we all need to pay attention to. Moreover, he has created informational videos about reptiles and is co-founder of the website SciTeens.com, which is a social network for young scientists. The site encourages students to collaborate and share knowledge as to research and innovation. The goal? To be Earthlings of today and Martians of tomorrow!
Additionally, he is actually teaching an evolutionary biology course at his own high school. He has developed and built a native species greenhouse and also created labs to study bio-fuels for their sustainability and cost effectiveness.
Tasman is an ardent proponent of social and environmental justice and gets his message out as a rock guitar player with the band Earth Pig. He is truly advanced beyond his years.
For his exuberance in teaching others about the natural world and his dedication to preserving our precious natural resources, the Federation was proud to name Tasman Rosenfeld as the Youth Educator of the Year.
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