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#PROJECTENVIRONMENT WAS INITIATED ON NOVEMBER 28, 2020

It all started with a climate clock, 3 high school students from New York, and an Instagram group chat. 

Listening to some Avicii in a car ride home, I had just finished furniture shopping with my family for our new house. We had bought a new sofa, bed(s), and a new tv from the Best Buy next to the Raymour and Flanigan that we were shopping at. It was at that moment that I saw it; the giant climate clock right on top of the Best Buy. I mean, I’ve heard of it on the news, but seeing it in person was something else. I didn’t really think much of it then, “oh well rip us lol” was my initial thought. But then in the ride home, I thought to myself; “wouldn’t it be great if someone could do something about our future?” And that’s when it hit me. Why not do it myself? Sure, there were already organizations advocating and fighting against climate change, but I wanted to do something different. I subsequently messaged 2 of my closest friends since middle school; Kevin and Henry. To my surprise, they were immediately on the idea. 

And so it was. With less than $100 in resources, the three of us began to lay the foundation to what would become the Environment Project. At the time however, we didn’t know what we would do yet. We knew that we wanted to do something about climate change, but what exactly? After days of thought and consideration, we settled on the idea of uniting and education. We wanted to become an organization that would unite and bring together young and rising climate leaders and activists to help address climate change and raise environmental awareness. 

And so with a hope for luck, I put out on my Instagram story with a request for whoever were interested in climate change to message me. And oh my, I couldn’t believe my own eyes. Sure, I expected some response, but what I got was totally what I had never imagined. 17 other young and passionate students from our school reached out to me and said that they wanted to join the initiative. I had only planned on getting 2-3 responses, but 17? It was chaotic as heck at first, but we eventually got it. 

We began to organize ourselves into various departments, discussed roles and communications, and officially agreed on our mission and purpose; to empower the next generation of climate generation of climate leaders and activists in order to create a better, cleaner, greener, and more sustainable future. Initial planning began, and we started discussing plans for launching the initiative to the public. To be really honest, neither myself, Kevin, or Henry had any idea on how to run an organization. But with a guess and test mentality, we managed to complete initial planning. 

And that brings us here today, on our very first day of launching! Although we had had just begun, I envision for #ProjectEnvironment to not only become a national organization where we can unite and empower rising climate activists, but for it to also become a family and community. One where everyone can come together to fight the detrimental threat of climate change. At the Environment Project, we believe that everyone has a role to play for the environment, and that is the mentality that we still hold on to this very day. And so I ask you (the reader) to join us in our long but dedicated journey in following our mission and values. 

Together, we can get this done. Together, we can get this done. 

 

Tony Wu

Chief Executive Director and Founder