By: Blair Hassett
The current political climate is a tumultuous one, with one of the most controversial topics being climate change. Unfortunately, the implications of this topic are so contested that the discussion of environmental degradation and sustainability are often eschewed in its entirety. Recently, the burden of environmental rehabilitation has settled upon the shoulders of a new generation after being so decisively shrugged off by the elder.
This new generation is comprised mainly of those members of Generation Z who have witnessed first-hand the public disdain and apathy directed towards environmental issues and have managed to do what their elders could not organize. Zero Hour is a movement comprised of idealistic teenagers who provide training, resources, and a voice to others who want to take definitive action around climate change– action which currently manifests itself in the form of protest and lobbying. Zero Hour is more than just an organization of those youths who long for change– they are achieving it. By consolidating the voices of the many, Zero Hour is pushing its agenda of action regarding environmental rehabilitation and climate change. The inclusivity of this movement is one of its most revolutionary aspects; it is not limited to those of a specific age or those with a background in activism (if anything, a background in activism is ignored). Instead, this movement embraces diversity in both its causes within the sphere of environmental issues as well the members of the movement. Specifically, Zero Hour works to provide training and resources to amateur activists looking to take action regarding climate change and pressing environmental issues that are being ignored.
This movement started with 16-year-old Jamie Margolin, an activist in her own right who was beleaguered with the political inactivity surrounding climate change and the lack of pro-environmental progress. Inspired by other successful, progressive grassroot movements that have been occurring more and more frequently, Margolin pioneered the Zero Hour team to perpetuate the cycle of organic, youth-led movements to change the world by advocating for a clean and safe environment for future generations.
On a Saturday in this past July, a Zero Hour march was held in the streets of New York City. A plethora of passionate teenagers took to the streets with a set of demands pertaining to environmental standards and addressed the inaction of current politicians regarding the environment. The remarkable nature of this march stems not just from whom these teenagers are challenging, but that they have the ability to make a difference and will not hesitate to do so. The idealism of the Zero Hour movement is a testament to the inevitable reconstruction of the current system for the better. Involvement is simple– naturally, donations are always welcome, and volunteering in any form is valued by the movement. Though donating and volunteering may be out of the question for some young activists, subscribing to Zero Hour’s newsletter is free and thoroughly informative about Zero Hour activism.
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