WASHINGTON — Some met on Instagram. Others coordinated on lunchtime phone conferences. Most haven’t graduated from high school.

The teens behind Zero Hour, an environmentally focused and technologically savvy coalition, aim to build a youth-led movement to sound the alarm on climate change and environmental justice. For a year, a tight-knit group spanning both coasts has been organizing on social media. On Saturday, they kicked off the campaign with a protest at the National Mall and marches across the country.

Time is running out to address climate change, they say. The core organizing group of about 20 met with almost 40 federal lawmakers Thursday and hopes to inspire other teens to demand change.


“The march is a launch. It isn’t, ‘That’s it, we’re done,’” said Jamie Margolin, 16, of Seattle, founder of Zero Hour.

The group is building off the momentum of other recent youth-led movements, such as the March for Our Lives rallies against gun violence.

New York Times