Zanagee Artis

Zanagee Artis (born 1999) is an American climate activist. He is best known for co-founding the youth-led climate activist group Zero Hour in 2017. As of 2021, Artis was Acting Policy Director of Zero Hour.[1]

Zanagee Artis
Born1999 (age 23–24)
EducationBrown University
OccupationClimate activist
Years active2017-current
Known forCo-founder of Zero Hour


In high school, he started his high school's Sustainability Committee, which evolved into its Green Team.[2] In the summer between his high school junior and senior years in 2017, he attended a summer program at Princeton University. Artis states he began to start thinking beyond his local community after talking with fellow program participants Jamie Margolin and Madelaine Tew. They and other youth activists formed Zero Hour.[3] Zero Hour names colonialism, capitalism, racism, and patriarchy as the core causes of the climate crisis.[4]

Zero Hour organized the a Youth Climate March in July 2018 in Washington, D.C., with satellite marches held worldwide.[5][6] Artis, as logistics director, planned the main event and coordinated with the United States Capitol Police. Artis states, "That was a real launching point for our movement, and it also inspired young people around the world. Greta Thunberg's Fridays for Future was actually inspired by the Youth Climate March."[7]

Subsequently, Artis worked with the Sunrise Movement on the September and November 2019 climate strikes.[8] In September 2020, he stated that Zero Hour has shifted its focus to education. During the 2020 United States presidential election, as policy director, Artis led the #Vote4OurFuture campaign. The campaign focused on swing states like Michigan and Pennsylvania, with the goal of increasing voter turnout in support of the Green New Deal.[7] Artis stated, "We want climate change to be a top priority on people’s minds when they’re going to the polls in November because of the way it will impact people of color and people living in those cities."[9]


Artis grew up in Clinton, Connecticut and credits his childhood spent in Hammonasset Beach State Park with inspiring his interest in environmentalism.[2] Artis entered Brown University in 2018, with the intention of attending law school. He is a member of the fraternity Zeta Delta Xi.[8]


  1. ^ "Who We Are". Zero Hour. 5 December 2022. Retrieved 20 April 2021.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: url-status (link)
  2. ^ a b Marguerite, Christianne (23 January 2019). "Young Environmentalist Is Inspired By Growing Up On Long Island Sound". The Nature Conservancy. Retrieved 20 April 2021.
  3. ^ Yoon-Hendricks, Alexandra (21 July 2018). "Meet the Teenagers Leading a Climate Change Movement". The New York Times. Retrieved 20 April 2021.
  4. ^ Janfaza, Rachel (3 January 2020). "9 Climate Activists of Color You Should Know". Teen Vogue. Retrieved 20 April 2021.
  5. ^ Amyx, Scott (10 June 2019). "Interview with Zanagee Artis, 19 Year Old Co-Founder of Zero Hour". Scott Amyx. Retrieved 20 April 2021.
  6. ^ Kormann, Carolyn (July 22, 2018). "The Teen-Agers Fighting for Climate Justice". The New Yorker. Retrieved 20 April 2021.
  7. ^ a b Napoli, James (25 September 2020). "'Climate Change Is a Barrier to Our Future'". Rewire. Retrieved 20 April 2021.
  8. ^ a b "Zanagee Artis". Swearer Center. Brown University. Retrieved 20 April 2021.
  9. ^ Aratani, Lauren (3 August 2020). "With big rallies cancelled, young climate activists are adapting election tactics". The Guardian. Retrieved 20 April 2021.