Transcript of 2023 Awardee Max Blacksten Video

2023 Awardee Max Blacksten Video


Being out in nature is such an ethereal experience. There’s something inside of me that just feels a little bit different when I’m connected to it, and I think it’s just so important that that be protected.

As the Executive Director of Youth Climate Action Team, I’m able to bring my passion for the outdoors into action with other young people across the world. Youth Climate Action Team has over 2000 registered volunteers doing in-person climate activism, whether that is in Uganda, planting trees, taking water samples in Canada, doing direct action in Pakistan, or working on legislation within the United States.

The most fulfilling part of my role is seeing young people grow from just having a passion for youth activism to becoming full-fledged activists in their own right. So I think it’s so important to not just be activists, but build activists and have young people lead the drive to a cleaner future.