Last weekend, like many other weekends this year, was filled with youth activism. Hundreds of young people gathered in Washington, D.C. on a rainy Saturday for the Youth Climate March, planned by the youth-led climate group Zero Hour.
Ahead of the July 21 march, which also included planned marches in 14 other cities, we sat down with 18-year-old Zanagee Artis, a founding member of Zero Hour. Artis talked about how important this kind of activism is to getting young people involved in environmental policy.
“My first time voting will be this year but most of our team doesn’t have the opportunity, so they can’t influence elections in that way,” Artis told Youth Radio. “Also, these are the people that are going to live with the effects of climate change. The people who will bear the brunt of the impact of any issues relating to climate change.”
Hundreds of students echoed Artis’ concerns at marches around the country, where the day was filled with rallies and speeches by activists as young as 7.
We’ve compiled some of the best signs marchers carried as they rallied for climate and environmental justice.
— Lauryn Gutierrez (@GutzyLo) July 21, 2018
— Zero Hour (@ThisIsZeroHour) July 21, 2018
— @1planetwomen (@1planetwomen) July 21, 2018
— Biljana Milenkovic (@bibacus) July 21, 2018
— Green For All (@GreenForAll) July 21, 2018
A pic from the Youth Climate March in Los Angeles!!! It was a great day of activism, as we merged with @familiesbelongtogetherla. Thank you to everyone who came out to make your voice heard and join the fight for climate action. But, this march is only the first step. We will continue our fight for transformative justice because #thisiszerohour !!! #climateaction #losangeles #activist #zerohour #savetheworld #youth #la #activism #climatechange
Across the pond, Londoners also marched.
— Grace Newton (@thesacredinch) July 21, 2018
My heart is bursting with pride at what @thisiszerohourlondon managed to achieve in just a couple of months. Power to the people Already excited for next year’s #ThisIsZeroHour #zerohourlondon #youthclimatemarch ! Thankyou to EVERYONE across the world for all your support. Especially @_ukycc_ for leading the movement in the UK. This is Zero Hour.
At least one superhero showed up at the Denver, Colorado march.
And people of all ages marched in New York and Seattle.
— TheGrandDaddyPurple (@The_GDP_) July 21, 2018
And at least one young person took it a step further by recycling a sign from a previous march.
— Ashley Nicole Black (@ashleyn1cole) July 21, 2018