We need urgent pro-climate policy that meets the scale of the challenge and therefore leaders with the courage and mandate to take bold action. That means we need the climate movement to vastly increase its reach and power.
Action for the Climate Emergency (ACE) has a critical role to play in growing the power of the movement by amplifying the voices and values of young people. When young people call for climate justice, they do so with the moral authority of a generation that will have to live with the choices our leaders make today. Youth voices are not the only ones needed in the global climate movement, but without the power of youth, we simply cannot win.
We were founded in 2008 with the visionary (and at the time fringe) belief that to halt a global crisis, the climate movement needed the engagement of young people. Back then we were told again and again that young people were not a priority because they couldn’t or wouldn’t vote and couldn’t be organized. How times have changed. With the failure of our leaders to act and an explosion of youth activism and visibility within the movement, our outlying belief in the power of youth is now common knowledge — and to many, our best source of hope.
Since our founding, ACE has rigorously studied, experimented with and proven what works in engaging young people and elevating their voices. We are now poised to exponentially increase the most effective and targeted aspects of our work to tip the scales.