Maybe you've seen our Climate Action Days on Instagram, or maybe heard of our 2019 climate strike at the Capitol. But what is ACCo, and where in the world did we come from?
The Austin Climate Coalition began as an idea sprouted in the minds of a few teenagers back in 2018. After helping to organize a city-wide climate strike in conjunction with other activist groups, we realized that there was an abundance of young Austinites eager to fight for climate action, but with no community base to unite them. We, a group of around 20 high schoolers from all across the area, decided to form a student-led coalition that would work to combat climate change. ACCo began meeting during the weekends to discuss what was detrimental and unsustainable in our city, and how we could make a difference. Quickly, we realized that our voices needed to be heard, and that we had the power to make change. Since then, we have operated as a free form (without any designated president or other positions), youth-lead organization, and have hosted countless events advocating for our Earth.
We are the young voices of Austin, of Texas, of America, and of the world, and we refuse to watch our futures disappear. We are taking matters into our own hands, and we hope you'll join the fight right alongside us!
Check out this KUTX video from our 9/20/2019 strike!
Want to see more? Hop over to our photo album to view our recent events.