Why was Zero Created?
What was the process of getting this organization started like?
What is your longterm goal with this organization?
How close do you think you are to accomplishing that goal?
It will take a lot of work. We obviously have not gotten to all the politicians in the world but being able to have some politicians that we have lobbied sign the pledge is great. I think that climate change is the kind of problem that can’t just quickly solved. It’s about persistence in everything you do. Whether it’s speaking with politicians or being a vegan or composting, everything is about persistence. Zero Hour is still doing a lot of work. We have a bunch of actions and events coming up in the next couple of months so I would say we haven’t reached our goal. The goal for every climate justice organization is to have a safe and livable future so once that happens, then we will tech our goal. I would say that we are not close to reaching our goal though. Although more people are more knowledgeable about the affects of climate change we still have a lot to do.
What are you actively doing to reach that goal?
How do you spread the word of Zero Hour?
I think our social media presence is very strong. We are always posting and always retweeting and tweeting. One of our co-founders Jamie Margolin loves to tweet as you may know so we use social media a lot to our advantage. Also, my generation, gen z, loves to talk so being able to appeal to a younger generation allows a lot of people to spread the word about us through just talking which I think is really great. We also have director and sister groups always holding events. Whether it’s big are small, all of them allow more people to know about Zero Hour so it helps.
Do you truly believe that government officials would even listen to a collective of teenagers?
Yes, we are the ones that they are making the laws for. We have to grow up in this world after they die. Some politician might not understand that, but that’s what Zero Hour wants to do. Hold them accountable for their action cause they are shaping the lives of the future. Sooner or later those who are in office are going to have to listen to us and they will we just have to keep yelling.
What do you plan to do if they don't listen to/don't do anything to help the cause?
I don’t know. I have faith in Zero Hour. We are just a strong group of kids that have been through a lot. We get shot down a lot and criticized a lot but we know what we stand for and I know what we stand for. Politicians are not the only people we want to appeal to. We want to appeal to everyone and allow everyone the get to know about us. Hopefully, in the process, they can support us, but we are an organization for the people that, in the past, we not able to speak up. That didn’t mean that we will not lobby and rally the cause, believe me, we will.
How can you get the whole world involved?
What do you use the money from donations and merchandise for?
Why did you decide to name the organization Zero Hour?
Well, I wasn’t in the organization when the name was being made. I do know that the biggest reason is because this is Zero Hour. This is the time to act on climate change, anything late will be too late. I want my children and my children’s children to have a home and a safe place to live, so we must act now.
How would you describe your organization and the movement in five words or less?