UPBEAT: Urban Pollution Busters & Environmental Activism with Teens

What is environmental activism?

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 known collectively as part of the environmental or green movement. 

Environmental activists within the green movement do not share a common political affiliation or agenda and 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 change. 

ASI wants to create a culture of empowerment where young people feel able to take over leadership roles in their neighborhoods, within the city, and eventually across 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. Awareness creation on environmental sustainability.

Inspirational Leaders

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

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Teens

Vocabulary

A rich vocabulary improves all areas of communication — listening, speaking, reading and writing. It helps us to 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.

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 issues that affect us in our everyday living? Some of the same skills that we employ in art making can be used in identifying potentially harmful systems in our environment. Observing conditions, asking questions, and finding connections are all part of art making methods and can also be helpful skills when analyzing systems around us.