This Is Zero Hour

I’m a 16-year-old environmental activist. I am the founder of a national youth climate action movement called Zero Hour. We are gearing up for the revolutionary Youth Climate Action Weekend this summer.

North Carolina Youth Climate Summit

During the summer of 2017, I volunteered at The Wild Center in New York for a month. While there, I learned about their Youth Climate Summit program, an annual conference for high school students that brings different school groups together to learn about and discuss climate change. The first Summit originated in New York with one student’s idea, and has since spread all over the world.

#YouthvGovNC: We are Undeterred

The #YouthvGovNC hearing on February 7, 2018 was a quintessential example of the power of the youth voice in leading the fight against climate change. Three students, Arya Pontula (my sister!), Hallie Turner, and Emily Liu, urged the North Carolina Air Quality Committee of the Environmental Management Commission (EMC) to recommend adoption of a petition to reduce NC carbon dioxide emissions to zero by 2050.

We Stand With Teachers

Last week, thousands of teachers in Arizona and Colorado walked out of their classrooms to demand fairer compensation for their work. They follow in the footsteps of teachers in West Virginia, Kentucky, and Oklahoma as part of the #RedforEd campaign.

Our Climate Our Future just got a makeover.

We are proud to present the all new Our Climate Our Future, featuring a bold new look paired with new videos, lesson plans and more. 

Our Climate Our Future is an award-winning video experience that educates young people on the science of climate change and empowers them to take action.

The Interactive Map features young people across the country sharing their experiences with climate change.

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ACE Kicks Off Rapid-Response Lesson Plan Series

Although the evidence of a rapidly changing climate is clear, only 58% of Americans agree that climate change is happening and human-caused and misinformation campaigns are making their way into classrooms across the country. In alignment with ACE’s new strategic plan, we are working to better support educators and young people in communicating climate science and climate justice by creating resources for the classroom and beyond. 

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