Since our founding in 2008, ACE has engaged more than 2.2 million youth through its award-winning climate education and engagement programs. Until 2017, the ACE Assembly had been our primary educational platform. This dynamic program has won numerous awards including the White House Champion of Change Award for Climate Literacy and the George Mason University Climate Change Communicator of the Year.
We believe that swift climate education at scale across the nation is needed now more than ever.
A study by researchers at Stanford, Yale, and George Mason University showed that viewing the ACE Assembly leads to a 129% increase in number of students who are “alarmed” about climate change, a 59% increase in students intending to take action, and the number of students talking to parents and peers about climate change more than doubling.
Now, in response to a new reality where the facts about climate change have become increasingly entangled in a complex web of politics, we find ourselves called to respond. We believe that swift climate education at scale across the nation is needed now more than ever, and we see a clear line of sight to educating young people at scale with high-quality climate science and engaging them to take part in the climate justice movement.
We use SMS, social media and innovative gamification tactics to mobilize young people
In 2016, ACE launched a new, digital version of the ACE Assembly called Our Climate Our Future, meant for streaming into the classroom. We’ve already reached more than 200,000 young people in all 50 states and plan to reach 3 million total by the end of 2020.
Beyond our education efforts, ACE has also engaged young people to take action. Research tells us that knowledge alone is insufficient for behavior change. We need to also ensure that education is coupled with opportunities to take action. To this end, ACE also conducts campaigns to inspire and engage our national network of nearly 300,000 young people.
We use SMS, social media and innovative gamification tactics to mobilize young people to call for reduced emissions, improved energy efficiency, and transition to clean energy. For example, ACE ran a climate action competition in 2016 called the Get Loud Challenge. The initiative engaged over 130,000 youth (ages 13-24) and tracked over 430,000 actions.
Another aspect of our movement-building work involves providing leadership and advocacy training to young people, including topics like: campaign planning, public speaking, organizing, environmental justice, and media training. Over the years, ACE has run year-long Action Fellowship Programs in Los Angeles, Boston, Raleigh-Durham, Atlanta, Chicago, San Francisco Bay Area, Las Vegas, Reno, and New York City. ACE’s programs and operations are implemented by a nimble staff dispersed in cities across the country, with administrative headquarters in Boulder, CO.