About Us

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Our Beginnings

Our Call for Action

The Movement Today

Eager to engage her peers in the fight to combat climate change, teenager Jamie Margolin founded Zero Hour in 2017. Inspired by Jamie's work, then-high school student Ilana Cohen saw a unique opportunity to spur the youth-led climate movement in NYC. Soon, she and her friend Amy Torres established Zero Hour NYC. On July 21st, 2018, they marched alongside hundreds of their co-organizers, peers, adult allies, and organizational partners from Columbus Circle to Dag Hammarskjold Plaza by UN Headquarters, where they held a historic Rally. 

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The Movement Today

Our Call for Action

The Movement Today

Now, Zero Hour is a youth-led climate justice organization with chapters around the globe. As an organization, we fight against the systems of oppression that stifle the voices of young people, people of color, immigrants, indigenous communities, and other minority groups. In New York City, Zero Hour is an active member of the Climate Strike Coalition, which brings together adults and youth in organizing the global climate strikes.

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Our Call for Action

Our Call for Action

Our Call for Action

We are frustrated with how special interest politics have stymied legislative progress toward environmental and social justice. Reliance on dirty energy is not only putting people’s future at risk, but also their present. As extreme weather and natural disasters occur more frequently around the world, we are seeing the emergence of a new climate refugee crises and an unprecedented scarcity of resources. Now is not the time for silence; now is the time for action. If lawmakers won’t lead the way on their own, us students are ready to push them. 

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