The University of Utah honors youth climate activist
with the 2022 Award in Environmental Humanities
The award recognizes Aniya Butler, a youth climate activist and poet
March 2, 2022 – The University of Utah’s Environmental Humanities graduate program will award youth climate activist, poet and environmental justice organizer Aniya Butler with the 2022 Utah Award in the Environmental Humanities. Butler, a 15-year old, Black, climate activist and anti-racism advocate from Oakland, CA, will receive the award on Tuesday, March 22 at 6 pm in the university’s Alumni House. The event – in partnership with the U’s Collective Day of Action – is free and open to the public.
The Utah Award in the Environmental Humanities celebrates environmental leadership and expression. The award was created to honor those who solve the planet’s environmental problems using humanities tools like creative expression, popular art forms, scholarly research or advocacy. Past recipients of the award have been Rebecca Solnit, Amitav Ghosh and Jonathan Franzen.
The environmental humanities graduate program is housed in the College of Humanities and is the country’s first master’s degree in the field. The program positions talented students to study climate change, resilience, advocacy and solutions to environmental problems. Environmental humanities encourages creative and scholarly exchanges as it trains the next generation of environmental thinkers and leaders.