The headlines are overwhelming: a deadly pandemic. Systemic injustices. Environmental destruction. While the bad news keeps coming, One Earth has two major reasons for hope: “youth leaders, and the collective power that we have to change our world.”

This fall, One Earth partnered with Seven Generations Ahead to send a group of young people to the 26th United Nations Climate Change Conference (COP26) in Glasgow, where they met with delegates and other youth activists. Since returning home, they’ve continued mobilizing for change. 

One Earth offers other environmental leadership programs for youth, including the national Young Filmmakers Contest, the Austin Grown youth agriculture and mentoring program, and the Pilsen-based HEALTH program, in collaboration with Chicago Botanic Garden.

They also harness the power of people of all ages. Each spring, the One Earth Film Festival engages thousands through the best environmental documentary films, lively discussions, and action opportunities. They say, “we ground our work at the intersection of environmental and racial justice, centering the voices of Black, Indigenous, and People of Color filmmakers and activists. In 2022, we look forward to welcoming back Chicagoland audiences, as well as expanding our national and international community.”

One Earth Collective (formerly Green Community Connections) was founded over 12 years ago in Oak Park & River Forest. While they continue to provide change-making programs at home, they have expanded their reach to inspire more people to connect, speak out, and work together to build a sustainable future for all. Learn more at

One Earth Collective
(708) 824-6201

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