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Meet Lindsay Mouw – 2017 Cal DeWitt Fellowship Winner

May 31, 2017

The Au Sable Institute is pleased to announce the 2017 recipient of the Calvin DeWitt Leadership Fellowship, Lindsay Mouw of Dordt College. The DeWitt Fellowship, an award of US $5100, is given annually to a student who embodies the leadership spirit and qualities of the award’s namesake, Dr. Calvin DeWitt, the founding Executive Director and current President Emeritus of the Au Sable Institute. The recipient must be a student of exemplary academic record, as well as displaying accomplishments in leadership in Christian environmental service and care. Lindsay Mouw is just such a student.

This summer, Lindsay will be studying at Au Sable during Summer Session II where she will be taking Watersheds in Global Development taught by Dr. Bill Deutsch of Auburn University (Alabama) and Environmental Applications in Geographic Information Systems, taught by Dr. Mark Gathany of Cedarville University (Ohio). Lindsay has just completed her senior year at Dordt College (Iowa) where she majored in  Biology. At Dordt, Lindsay served as Vice President of the Sustainability Committee, founded and served as President of the Dordt College Eco Defenders, worked as Project Leader for Young Evangelicals for Climate Action (YECA) on her campus, and then went on to be selected as a YECA Climate Leadership Fellow.

“One of Lindsay’s greatest strengths,” said Kyle Meyaard-Schaap, National Organizer and Spokesperson for YECA, “is her creativity and fearlessness. One of Lindsay’s first projects with YECA was to conduct candidate ‘intercepts’ during the Republican presidential primaries in 2015 and 2016.  This required her to attend local rallies and events held by candidates in Iowa and to ask candidates about their views on creation care and climate change. Lindsay jumped at the opportunity to grow her advocacy skills and to develop her natural leadership abilities.”

Lindsay’s passion for creation care and the environment has been growing since the time she studied with the Creation Care Study Program in New Zealand in 2015. Learning in an intentional Christian community and putting into daily practice her lessons about environmental stewardship from her classes opened her eyes to a new lifestyle. During that semester abroad, Lindsay recalled, “My interest in environmental stewardship grew tremendously and it has now become my greatest passion. I now pay greater attention to creation and I find myself seeking God through it. I also find that caring for His creation offers another way for me to worship and praise Him.”

Since her earlier studies in New Zealand, Lindsay has been actively building and leading her college community in climate action and caring for creation. Lindsay seeks to one day work in the field of environmental policy. “My goal,” says Lindsay, “is to help people see that environmental issues are bi-partisan issues. I believe that laws and policies are a relatively fast medium to enact widespread change, and when we are dealing with a rapidly changing climate, we need to act with urgency.”

Congratulations Lindsay! You are well-deserving of the 2017 Calvin DeWitt Leadership Fellowship. Your passion and drive make you an outstanding leader in Christian environmental care. Au Sable looks forward to having you study with us at our Michigan campus this summer!