Inspirational Animal & Environmental Advocate on Talking Animals

Share

Duncan’s guest on Talking Animals this Wednesday, Sept. 23 at 10 a.m., will be Avalon Theisen, the founder of Tampa-based Conserve It Forward.  She’s also been an environmentalist, animal advocate and educator of sorts for a number of years.

What may be notable about the “number of years” part of that description is that Avalon Theisen is 14 years old.

She founded Conserve It Forward in 2010–when she was nine. The organization, per an official written description, is dedicated to “connecting people with the environment, empowering others to do small acts and be kind to bring big change.” Rarely has someone barely in her teens impressed so many or accomplished so much.

George Heinrich, the longtime St. Petersburg-based biologist and environmental educator, was knocked out by Avalon at 9, and took her under his wing.

Avalon, who was diagnosed as a small child with Asperger’s syndrome, won the national Temple Grandin Award two summers ago.

Other awards include the Humane Student of the Year Award by Animalearn, the Summer of Service Award by Youth Service America, the Florida Achievement Award by the Florida Commission on the Status of Women, and the WEDU Be More Inspiring Rising Star Award.

And those four are merely the 2014 awards! Just the top of a very long list.

Tune in to hear the conversation. You can join the conversation by writing in during the broadcast to [email protected].

You may also like

Five people lined up in front of a WMNF banner.
Meet the Democrats hoping to unseat Congressmember Anna Paulina Luna

Sabrina Bousbar, Liz Dahan, Whitney Fox, John Liccione and Mark...

Eco Construction with Bryan Roberts and Saucha Atma Ananda

Join Anni & Tanja as they talk green building with...

Sandbag pickup times in St. Pete have been extended

City of St Petersburg announces there will be extra days...

Florida Aquarium has stuffed animals that are 100% recycled plastic
The Florida Aquarium joins the Plastic Free Ecochallenge

Florida Aquarium is participating in a plastic free ecochallenge this...

Ways to listen

WMNF is listener-supported. That means we don't advertise like a commercial station, and we're not part of a university.

Ways to support

WMNF volunteers have fun providing a variety of needed services to keep your community radio station alive and kickin'.

Follow us on Instagram

The Morning Show Tuesday
Player position: