Stories told by the Affected Generation.
Left: Jeremy Clark
Right: Charlie Abrams
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Eligibility: Date of Birth
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Charlie Abrams: +1 (503) 481-6371 | 3748 SE Carlton Street, Portland, Oregon, 97202
Jeremy Clark: +1 (503) 875-6361 | 7437 SE 29th Avenue, Portland, Oregon, 97202
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Date You Started Your Project Started
Started climate activism about 6 years ago (exact date unknown).
Started Affected Generation in March of 2019 (exact date also unknown).
Project Stage: Select the description below that best applies to your approach.
Growth (have moved past the very first activities; working towards the next level of expansion)
1. The Problem: What problem are you helping to solve?
We believe that climate change is the single greatest issue that humanity faces today. The truth is, we don’t have much time left. From rising sea levels to extreme weather events, it’s clear now more than ever that unprecedented action must be taken on climate change immediately. That’s why Jeremy and I have been fighting for the past six years to pass meaningful climate legislation.
2. Your Solution: How are you planning to solve this problem? Share your specific approach.
When we started our activism work, not many other people our age were doing the same activism. But now, youth around the globe are waking up to the true scale of the climate crisis. Take, for example, the September 20th climate strike, in which approximately 20,000 people, both young and old, showed up. We are witnessing a revolution, but unfortunately, it’s still not enough. To solve the climate crisis, we need to reach across the political aisle. We need to make climate action a humanitarian issue, not a partisan one. Through co-founding Affected Generation, we believe the best way to change the national conversation about climate change is through film. We’ve been documenting climate action happening here in Oregon for nearly a year now.
As tensions rise, we’re continuing to document nearly every aspect of climate change locally in Oregon and even beyond our state while simultaneously editing our archives to make short films. Our ultimate goal for 2020 is to make a documentary showcasing all that’s been happening in our state. When it’s all done, we’ll use it as a tool to spread a message of inspiration and hope within our state, our country, and maybe even internationally.
3. Personal Journey: What’s the story behind why you decided to start this project?
In fourth grade, I (Jeremy) picked up a National Geographic magazine with the Statue of Liberty up to her waist in water on the front page. One powerful photo that simplified all the adverse effects of climate change gave us a reason to start taking climate action at only 9 years old. Ever since then, we've both been pushing for market-based solutions to climate change on both the state and national level. Now, we're making short films because we believe that film is one of the most effective ways to promote our cause a spread a message of inspiration and hope.
4. Selfie Elevator Pitch: Include 1-minute video that answers the following “I am stepping up to make change because...”
5. Example: Please walk us through a specific example of what happens when a person or group gets involved with your project.
Climate activism has rapidly turned into a huge movement. At large events we always have youth who want to get involved in what we do. This is why we founded Affected Generation. Although we are a youth film organization, we continue to lead youth around Oregon in fighting for the climate in a variety of ways. Some of the reasons youth have joined AG is to get climate change taught in schools, get climate legislation passed, organize climate strikes, or help create meaningful films about our passions.
6. The X Factor: What is different about your project compared to other programs or solutions already out there?
Being young in the field of climate advocacy sets us apart from the standard talk of climate change. What's different about us is that although we are young we have over six years of experience in the climate. We work on what is most important to having large effects in reducing climate change while maintaining a youth voice. After getting into film we realized how different being 15 makes us. There are hardly any youth filmmakers out there that represent complex issues like the climate.
7. Impact: How has your project made a difference so far?
We're still establishing Affected Generation, here's an abbreviated list us our achievements related to activism thus far:
- Started Two Green Leaves (blog) in fifth grade.
- Spoken at events to promote our cause.
- Lobbied since 2016 for Clean Energy Jobs.
- Pushed Portland Public Schools to implement correct climate education programs .
- Traveled to Washington, DC in 2017 with Citizens Climate Lobby to lobby for a carbon fee and
- 2017 Children’s Climate Prize finalists.
- 2018 Eco-Hero Award winners.
- Organizing youth to get climate in the curriculum through Affected Generation.
- Lead organizers in Portland’s School Strike For Climate (March 15th).
- Winners of the 2019 Gloria Barron Prize for Young Heroes.
8. What’s Next: What are your ideas for taking your project to the next level?
Expanding our team: Whether it’s getting more camera angles, editing content faster or spreading the word on social media, recruiting more team members would increase our total impact as an organization.
Increasing our online presence: Making films is a great way to promote our cause. However, it’s only effective if people actually see the films. We are currently re-coding and re-designing our Affected Generation website to help convey what we’re all about more clear. Additionally, we’re blueprinting a strategic social media plan to spread our films to a larger audience.
Helping others out: We also aim to help other non-profit environmental organizations by making short promotional videos free of charge.
9. Which of the following types of expertise would be most useful for you?
10. Finances: If applicable, have you mobilized any of the following resources so far?
Help Us Support Diversity! Part 1 [optional] Which of the following categories do you identify with?
White (for example: German, Irish, English, Italian, Polish, French) (6)
Help Us Support Diversity! Part 2 [optional] Do you identify as part of any of the following underrepresented communities?
No, I do not identify with an underrepresented community
How did you hear about this challenge?
Referral: If you discovered the Challenge thanks to an organization or person other than Ashoka or T-Mobile, who was it?
Robbie Bond, Founder of Kids Speak for Parks