California Youth Lead the Movement for Environmental Action

Environmental literacy equips students with the knowledge and skills to lead a more sustainable future. While the California Environmental Literacy Initiative (CAELI) helps foster these educational opportunities, we learn from students more than we teach them. Young people across California are serving as the model for leading environmental action. As we continue to see the impacts of climate change escalate, these young people are embracing their power to change the future with innovative, hands-on projects.

This month, we interviewed youth leaders in Alameda, Orange, and Santa Cruz Counties who are transforming their communities. We heard their unique perspectives via Zoom interviews, including their experiences with education, their lessons learned from leading environmental work, and their advice for adults.

Check out the links below to learn more about their work:

We’re also proud to display the work of Azucena Nieto, a youth artist and activist who also works with YEA. Her powerful creative writing pieces (pictured below) represent the interconnectedness of nature and our responsibility to carry on the intergenerational fight for environmental conservation.