Nadia Nazar is a teen activist using art to organize for climate justice

Nadia Nazar is an 18-year-old artist, climate justice activist and co-founder of Zero Hour

Nazar’s mother is a marine biologist which meant she grew up seeing how climate change was harming animals. Eventually, that led her to see that it was also harming people. The teen knew she had to take action. She co-founded Zero Hour to organize its first Youth Climate March in July 2018. 

“Zero Hour is a youth-led international climate justice organization,” Nazar told In The Know. “We focus a lot on awareness, education and mobilizing young people all around the world to demand action from election officials and hold corporations accountable.” 

Eventually, the scope of Zero Hour expanded to harness the power of social media. The organization uses its social channels to spread awareness and education on how racism, patriarchy, colonialism and capitalism intersect with the climate crisis. Nazar serves as the executive director and the art director.  

“I’ve organized art builds for climate strikes and different demonstrations,” she said. “When I held like my first art build, we did a few banners and I think those are probably some of my favorites that we’ve ever done. They said, ‘Youth for Climate Action Now’ and ‘We Don’t Want To Die.'” 

Nazar spoke before congress to demand action on climate change in Congress in 2019. 

“It was really interesting seeing the different representatives’ reactions,” Nazar recalled. “Representative Deb Haaland started crying when she was addressing me and that was really touching to know that she actually like kind of listened and took in what I was saying.”  

While she believes it’s the responsibility of Washington and corporations to make major changes, Nazar said individual action is also possible. Reducing meat and plastic intake as well as composting can make all the difference. 

“I have a dream that we will achieve climate justice for everyone,” she said. 

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