UPBEAT: Urban Pollution Busters & Environmental Activism with Teens

What is Environmental Activism?

A mother teaching her child how to plant a tree

Environmental activism encompasses individuals and organizations working in scientific, social, conservational, and political fields that address the concerns of humankind’s effect on nature.

Individuals and organizations shared here are collectively known as part of the environmental or green movement.

Environmental activists within the green movement do not share a common political affiliation or agenda but they do seek diverse solutions to environmental problems. Artistic activism helps people use their creativity and culture to affect power. Arts activists and environmental activists often share goals and collaborate with people from around the world to generate positive change.

ASI wants to create a culture of empowerment where young people feel able to take on leadership roles in their own neighborhoods and cities so they can grow to eventually help lead the country. We want all youth to see themselves as capable and deserving individuals and inspire them to participate in all areas of government, positively contributing to the future of our communities and planet.

Research Topics

Protecting the environment has never been so important. Learn how you can become an arts activist, connect with environmentalists, and others in the community. Create awareness on environmental sustainability.

Underwater Background by Prairie Kittin , CC BY 2.0, via Flickr
Factories releasing smoke
Photo by Benita Welter, via Pixabay
Forest by Trevor Pye, via Unsplash
Crowd at a concert
Photo by Nicholas Green, via Unsplash
Lions resting on grass
Photo by Leonard von Bibra, via Unsplash
Basket made from recycling garbage
Photo by Adam Novak, via Pixabay

Inspirational Leaders

Learn about various citizen activists, young and old, and how activism has been expressed through protests, community organizing, and creative expression such as theatre, poetry, art, and music. The profiles have a particular focus on social change

by black activists.

Lake and forest
Photo by Kalen Emsley, via Unsplash


A rich vocabulary improves all areas of communication — listening, speaking, reading and writing. It helps us think and learn about the world. Expanding knowledge of words provides unlimited access to new information. Our UPBEAT vocabulary is focused on learning terms related to green ideology and activism.

Careers In Activism

Interested in a career with Environmental Activism? Environmental careers that are in high demand are available to students with diverse backgrounds and various levels of education. While environmental science and engineering careers usually require some form of formal degree or education, there are jobs in the alternative energy industry that require little to no prior experience.

Get Involved!

Climate change and pollution affect all of us, but some communities bear the impact more than others. As urban dwellers, how do we identify Earth’s issues that affect us in our everyday lives? Some of the same skills that we employ in creating art can be used in identifying potentially harmful systems in our environment. Observing conditions, asking questions, and finding connections are all part of making art and can also be helpful skills when analyzing systems around us.

Volunteers painting