Youth Vs. Apocalypse is a diverse group of young climate justice activists working together to lift the voices of youth, in particular, youth of color, and fight for a livable climate and an equitable, sustainable, and just world. We are all young people from ages 10-18 based in the Bay Area and we are supported by 350 Bay Area. We organize events and protests to get young people involved in climate justice action and to pressure politicians to make environmentally and socially conscience policy decisions.
What We Do
Youth Vs Apocalypse is calling for youth-led actions for climate justice in the Bay Area in response to the call for a climate week of action from September 20th to 27th.
On September 20th, starting at 10 at 90 7th St. in San Francisco, we call for a youth-led climate strike march, going to different targets that are contributing to the climate breakdown, leaving our mark to let these places know what we are fighting for. We will again start at the office of the Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi and will connect targets in government, finance, and energy. For those that can’t join in person, we will be asking people to post on social media and tag our targets.
On September 27th, join the youth as we protest Chevron’s irresponsibility. Chevron knowingly pollutes the Richmond area, the Central Valley, the Earth, and many other communities. And to no one’s suprise, Chevron is getting away with it. Even when they are put on trial, our government fails to hold them responsible. Thus, the responsibility is now ours. We will be demanding that Chevron gets off of fossil fuels by 2025 and that they stop using their influence to lie and harm frontline communities, and the future. We are also demanding that the governor speak up about this and stop Chevron from further destroying the Earth. More details are soon to come.
As a part of Brave New Film’s #YouthInAction series, they covered Youth Vs Apocalypse and our action in climate justice. They also addressed the organizing we did to plan the climate strike in San Fransisco in March where thousands of young people walked out of school to fight alongside us and other climate groups for climate justice and a livable future.
On May 8th of 2019, members of Youth Vs Apocalypse along with Warriors for Justice and Earth Guardians all protested The California State Teachers’ Retirement System and called them out for investing over 6 billion dollars in fossil fuel corporations. Their main argument? That our teachers should be our advocates and protectors, people who care about us and our future. But any ties to the fossil fuel industry immediately tells young people that our teachers and schools do not care about our future and are happy to make money off what is and will kill us.
Youth Radio interviewed YVA member Isha Clarke on the need about how vital climate justice is in the fate of our planet. Isha has been a very active member of YVA and has been featured in many media locations, including a viral video with Senator Dianne Feinstein, where she and other members of YVA took on the Senator and her dated climate policies.
A short video produced and recorded by middle schoolers in Oakland about what the Green New Deal means to them and how it would influence their lives and communities. This is something that members of Youth Vs Apocalypse encourages young people to think about and is something we grapple with ourselves. That is, the question of how climate change effects us and how it will continue to effect us as things get worse. But why ask this question some people wonder? Well we say, it’s because our answers strengthen our fight and because we realize that we ll have something personal to fight for.
On March 15th, 2019, members of Youth Vs Apocalypse planned and organized a climate strike in San Fransisco, attracting thousands of young people from around the Bay Area. This strike was one of thousands of youth climate strikes that happened around the world. There, kids from hundreds of different countries marched in protest of dirty politics and fossil fuel corporations, and in advocacy for a better and livable future than the one we’ve been handed. This video filmed by Youth Radio covers the strike in San Fransisco.
YVA’s campaign to show policy makers and the public that young people want a Green New Deal, and that it is the push we need to save our future.
We use this campaign to protest the import of coal into Oakland docks in an effort to protect Oakland communities, especially those of marginalized people, from the disastrous effects of coal and air pollution.