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The Henry David Thoreau Foundation attracts and sustains outstanding young leaders in diverse disciplines who will safeguard the environmental welfare of future generations. We support undergraduate students and professors through scholarships and grants to promote more creative action and collective study of environmental issues, with an understanding that local is global.

Environmental fields of study cover an incredible array of subjects, which have encouraged our Henry David Thoreau Scholars to study and work around the world. It is through the exchange of ideas that our Scholars hone their scientific skills of inquiry and apply them to areas of education, medicine, and policy, to name but a few. And it is through immersive experiences that our Scholars better understand environmental problems within a global context. By continuing to celebrate rich cultural differences and the wide spectrum of environmental realities, we begin to fully appreciate that we are all connected by the very same elements that are our environment, that are part of us all.



David Poritz (Brown University '12) gets his face painted by Delfine Payague, one of the last remaining Secoya shamans in the Ecuadorian Amazon whose community has been decimated by oil contamination. David is founder of Equitable Origin.