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About First Here, Then Everywhere:
First Here, Then Everywhere is an online hub founded by Chloe Maxmin to highlight youth activism around the world. Today’s youth are often represented as future leaders. And therefore our voices are not given the space and validation that they deserve right now. But we are the leaders of today because we understand that our lives–now and in the future–are intertwined with the climate crisis. We also understand that we are not defined by crisis but rather by the opportunities to rise up and stand up for all that we love.
There are thousands of youth around the world who are taking action in the communities, and FHTE aims to highlight these voices as young people catalyze the greatest political, social, and economic shifts of human history.
FHTE arose out of Chloe Maxmin’s experience with climate activism and how one person and one group of people can spark a movement. She experienced this phenomenon twice in her life: through her work with the Climate Action Club, which she started at her rural Maine high school, and with Divest Harvard, the campaign that she co-founded at Harvard University calling on Harvard to divest from fossil fuel companies.
About Chloe Maxmin:
Chloe Maxmin (25) is a graduate of the Harvard College Class of 2015. She currently lives and organizes in her home state of Maine to build political power for climate justice.
Chloe became a climate activist when she was 12, forming the Climate Action Club in high school and galvanizing a grassroots movement in her community. At Harvard, she co-founded Divest Harvard–a campaign calling on Harvard University to divest its endowment from fossil fuels–and helped grow DH from group of 3 into a movement of over 70,000 people. Chloe also founded First Here, Then Everywhere to empower youth climate activists. Chloe’s achievements as a youth activist have been recognized both nationally and internationally. In 2011, she was a recipient of the Gloria Barron Prize for Young Heroes, awarded to the top 10 youth activists in the US. Her work as the leader of the CAC was the focus feature of the Sundance Channel’s award-winning eco-documentary, “Big Ideas for a Small Planet,” the “Communities” episode, in Season 3 that premiered in 2010. Recently she was awarded the Brower Youth Award, which recognizes six environmental leaders each year. She was also named a “Green Hero” by Rolling Stone for her climate activism. Chloe has been featured in the New York Times, NPR, Bill Moyers, Bloomberg, Real Time with Bill Maher, and other news outlets. She was a Fellow at The Nation and speaks at conferences around the country. You can follow her on Twitter at @chloemaxmin.