This year, despite the many challenges we face, we kept our movement strong! The pandemic has affected every aspect of our lives but it didn’t stop us from organizing, supporting each other, and voting.

We’ve emerged from 2020 stronger, wiser, and FIRED UP to fight for a better future.

Here are a few of our highlights from 2020!

We kicked off 2020 with our first-ever endorsement of Senator Bernie Sanders for the Democratic Presidential nomination. Though Sanders did not win the Presidential Primary, we continued to endorse many other Green New Deal champions — including Senator Ed Markey and Representatives…

By Ishi Shah

On August 19, 2020, I stepped outside expecting fresh air, but I was met with smoke. I couldn’t see anything past my neighbors’ houses and the ground was littered with ash. I could feel the smoke fill my lungs every breath I took. My friend with asthma found herself unable to breathe even in the house from the smoke that entered through the window and door cracks.

During the whole month of August, we didn’t leave our houses and the air quality was constantly “Hazardous” and the temperature was over 100 degrees. …

By Lore Sosa

One of my fondest childhood memories was making Fanesca, a traditional Ecuadorian soup served around Easter. Preparing the ingredients for the soup was a lengthy process, as it required beans to be soaked, vegetables to be finely chopped, and balls of dough to be rolled for topping. Nonetheless, my family and I always found joy in the tradition of making the soup. Passed down from generation to generation on my mom’s side of the family, it was a symbol of unity and communion in my home. …


August 12, 2020 — Today at 7pm ET, Zero Hour is joined by Sunrise Movement, Sierra Club, the Michigan League of Conservation Voters, Transportation Riders United, and many others, on a panel breaking down the crucial intersections between Detroit’s transportation system and climate change. This panel is part of #Vote4OurFuture, a virtual campaign aimed at galvanizing Americans to fight for our nation’s 74 million children with the National Children’s Campaign.

Transportation recently became the largest source of climate change pollution in the United States, passing emissions from electricity generation. While conversations on the future of mobility focus…

By Arielle Martinez Cohen and Lyne Odhiambo

With sea levels rising, unemployment rates rising, COVID-19 death toll rising and youth activists rising in the face of an innumerable list of things to worry about, it’s not surprising that our collective mental health has been skittering in a tailspin. Stressful times like this are when we need to practice wellness the most. A group of organizers, including myself, got together over Zoom to build a response for helping each other cope in isolation. …


July 27, 2020 — The National Children’s Campaign (NCC) and Zero Hour joined together on July 23rd to launch #Vote4OurFuture, a virtual campaign aimed at galvanizing Americans to fight for our nation’s 74 million children. The festivities were held live from 5:00 pm to 6:30 pm ET and featured youth activists, performers, elected officials, and many others. The event was live-streamed on Youtube, Facebook, and Twitch. You can view the livestream at Follow-up virtual activities will happen later today and on Wednesday (see bottom of the press release for further details)

​“For too long the…

We are about to celebrate the 53rd founding anniversary of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) in August 2020, but amidst a pandemic and ongoing human rights violations, there is nothing to celebrate. While ASEAN spends millions to celebrate, thousands of people are dying from COVID-19, climate disasters, and other injustices. Despite efforts to silence our voices and minimize the crises Southeast Asia faces, we see the human rights abuses clearly and we know you see them too.

While ASEAN celebrates, the region is suffering from the following crises:

  • Indonesia, Malaysia, Bangladesh, and Singapore are experiencing record-breaking climate-induced floods



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Joined by 200+ climate justice & environmental groups, Zero Hour cannot and will not be silent in the face of the murders of George Floyd, Ahmaud Arbery, Breonna Taylor, Tony McDade, and countless others. As an organization that demands climate justice and recognizes that climate justice is social and racial justice, Zero Hour demands action against police violence and anti-Black racism. Read the full statement here:

Zero Hour stands in solidarity with the Movement for Black Lives (M4BL) and…

Zero Hour

Zero Hour is an international youth climate justice movement fighting for urgent climate action, and our rights to a clean, safe, and healthy environment.

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