One Earth leverages its greatest asset—The Power of We—to inspire people to build an equitable and sustainable future.As One Earth plans for its 10th anniversary season, the Oak Park-based nonprofit is deepening its work at the intersection of environmental and social justice.

Environmentalists of Color joined One Earth in putting on a highly successful July virtual screening, “Outdoors While Black: Unpacking History, Reframing Safety, and Taking Action.” From that event grew an environmental justice bike ride through community gardens and environmental fallout sites in Chicago’s North Lawndale and Little Village neighborhoods.

One Earth also focuses on youth engagement and education through programs including “Young Filmmakers Contest,” “Austin Grown” youth agriculture and mentoring program, the Pilsen-based “HEALTH” program, and “It’s Our Future” leadership program. 

Each March, One Earth activates thousands of people through environmental films, discussions and action opportunities through hundreds of environmental partners. In 2020, One Earth pivoted to view-from-home screenings in a virtual environment: Over 3,000 viewers from more than 15 US states participated. One Earth continued its partnership with a diverse range of local communities, including Oak Park and River Forest, plus surrounding communities and Chicago neighborhoods such as Austin, Englewood, South Shore, and Little Village.

In 2021, as the pandemic continues, One Earth will expand its audience globally through virtual film programs that inspire people to solve our “other pandemic”—the climate crisis—and build a healthy sustainable future for all.

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