At Bioneers, we believe that youth have the power to help shift the future for the better. Chloe Maxmin is one of those young people catalyzing change.
Maxmin, a graduate of Harvard University, became an activist when she was 12 and started a Climate Action Club in her high school, galvanizing a movement in her school and community. She then founded “First Here, Then Everywhere” to empower youth environmentalists, and then co-founded Divest Harvard, receiving national and international recognition for her activism.
Investing in the Future
“Divestment is the opposite of investment," she says, introducing the Fossil Fuel Divestment Movement during her Bioneers talk.
Modeled after the anti-apartheid struggle of 1980s, divestment, which aims to stigmatize the fossil fuel industry and expose our colleges, universities, and other institutions investing in their stock as socially irresponsible, has achieved significant strides since its inception. Young people are playing a major role in building the movement.
Chloe's insights hold special resonance for me. As a student at San Francisco State University when the call for fossil fuel divestment emerged, I watched the movement unfold and capture hearts and minds before my eyes.
"At our first meeting, we had only 10 people, and none of us knew what we were doing," says Maxmin. "Now, in our third year, we have 70,000 people who have signed on to our campaign."
Cultivate Youth Leadership
In addition to being a 2014 National Bioneers Conference keynote speaker, Chloe also met with other young people in an afternoon workshop, part of the Bioneers Youth Leadership Program.
Every year, youth tell us that their conference experience was life-changing, especially the opportunities to connect with other young change makers like Chloe.
Do you also believe in the power of youth to positively change the world? Please help us bring more young leaders than ever to the 2015 Bioneers Conference—your contribution makes a difference!