Our Mission & Vision
Youth Environmental Awareness engages communities to promote environmental awareness and activism for a sustainable planet.
Ultimately, our vision is a world where both human and
nature's ecosystem can mutually thrive with one another.
Learning & understanding the responsibility we have.
Youth Environmental Awareness began back in 2011 on college grounds between two brothers, Anthony & Matthew. They believed that in order to push environmental sustainability, they had to start with empowering and inspiring the next generation of leaders.
Their inspiration for change came from other influential leaders within the environmental sector such as Elon Musk, Al Gore, & Leonardo DiCaprio. As they they dug more and more, they continued to only find bad news at every turn, with the same scientific consensus from thousands of climate scientists. At the rate humans were burning fossil fuels, it would soon be too late to reverse the damage. This formulated the idea that there was a huge opportunity to further inspire and educate the community about environmental causes and the dire need to take immediate action.
YEA is about making the environment fun again. Cool again. To make sustainability a part of our daily lives. YEA saw an opportunity when they surveyed environmental social media content only to find it could be more engaging.
YEA's first steps was to focus on school lectures where team members would go out and educate the youth of local communities on key environmental topics in classrooms.
Since then, the organization is building rapidly, expanding, and adding new members every year. On top of education, YEA creates engaging video content as well as IT solutions. In 2017 YEA added a team of technologists from the Seattle area including former IT consultants as well as Google, & Intel engineers. On their most recent project, YEA saw an opportunity to engage people on the dangers of particulate matter pollution that is common in the burning of fossil fuels such as car emissions. You can learn more about this project here.
YEA was founded on the belief that each and every individual can make a difference. It’s time for us to take action, even if it's as simple as daily conversations with our family and friends. Our entire team still has full time jobs, and we do this on the side. Our end goal is ultimately inspiring others to build a world where both human and nature’s ecosystems can mutually thrive with one another. We only have one shot here on Earth. Let's make it right.
"The Earth is the only world known so far to harbor life. There is nowhere else, at least in the near future, to which our species could migrate. Visit, yes. Settle, not yet. Like it or not, for the moment the Earth is where we make our stand."
- Carl Sagan (1934 - 1996)