Our work is more urgent than ever.

Millions of Americans are recovering from a record year of climate disasters, including the million people impacted by the most expensive hurricane season in the U.S. and the more than 200,000 Californians recently forced to evacuate their homes as wildfires again tear through the state.   

Meanwhile, Trump ensured that the United States became the only country in the world to leave the Paris Climate Agreement. The federal government is continuing to steal land from Indigenous communities by opening over 2 million acres of protected national monuments to mining and fossil fuel development. And misinformation campaigns are spreading “alternative facts” to science classrooms across the country. 

With so much we’re up against, ACE is educating young people on the reality of climate change and empowering them to take action to create the future we all deserve.   

Young people across the country are standing up and fighting back. ACE Fellows helped to organize the People’s Climate March in Washington, D.C., supported a pipeline divestment rally at Wells Fargo in San Francisco, and are co-plaintiffs in federal and state lawsuits to force our elected leaders to act on climate. 

ACE launched a new strategic plan to support young people who are most impacted by climate change in fighting against disastrous policies and for a safe, equitable future for all. The plan focuses specifically on key communities that face the greatest climate impacts and have the most potential for meaningful influence from increased youth civic engagement.       

Join us as we support young people to take the power back. Support ACE with a tax-deductible donation today. Together, we are building youth voices in the climate justice movement to build a safe and prosperous future for all people. 

Matt Lappé

Matt Lappé is ACE's Executive Director. He was ACE’s fourth employee, brought on in 2008 to develop the science credibility of ACE’s programming. He holds BS and MS degrees from Stanford and an MBA from the Leeds School of Business. He lives in Boulder, CO with his wife, dog, and two daughters, Evelyn and Jennifer.