Avengers Endgame superheroes Don Cheadle and Mark Ruffalo are taking on a new nemesis — climate change.
The Marvel actors have just endorsed Zero Hour, an international youth-led climate justice organization. After the success of last July’s worldwide Youth Climate March, Zero Hour will be emerging again with This Is Zero Hour: The Youth Climate Summit, held in Miami, Florida from July 12th-14th. The summit, exclusively organized by U.S. high school students, aims to raise awareness and train more young people to be effective climate justice advocates.
Don Cheadle, known as War Machine in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, said in a recent statement, “Mark and I may play superheroes in the movies, but the real superheroes are the [Zero Hour] youth.” He added he could “think of no better investment” than these young activists on the frontlines “who are sacrificing so much to stand up to the climate crisis” and “fighting to protect their communities.”
Zero Hour is a youth-led movement creating entry points and resources for young activists and like-minded adults dedicated to environmental activism. Co-founded by Jamie Margolin and Nadia Nazar, the organization aims to protect natural resources and preserve a clean, safe and healthy living environment for future generations.
Through the Solutions Project, founded by Mark Ruffalo and his partners in business and science, Ruffalo and Cheadle are funding trips to the Miami summit to approximately 300 youth climate activists from Standing Rock, Manhattan, Flint, and the Northern Cheyenne Nation. The youngest attendee is nine years old.
The young activists will benefit from the summit’s resources. Additional donations will be used as stipends for indigenous people of the Seminole and Miccosukee tribes in Florida.
For Zero Hour, this celebrity endorsement is a powerful investment in the future of climate justice. It’s bringing generations together for a common goal and pairing youth voices with influential companies to face environmental crisis. The Marvel Universe has made quite an impact, but these organizations are making it clear that climate change is the real endgame.