Institute at Brown for Environment and Society

Zanagee Artis

Founder and Executive Director, Zero Hour


Zanagee Artis is the founder and the executive director of the global youth-led climate justice organization Zero Hour. Zanagee has led Zero Hour’s global education campaigns, digital engagement, federal policy advocacy, and fundraising at different points throughout his tenure. Zanagee has also led the organization’s political strategy to elect more Green New Deal Champions to Congress. 

Zanagee also works to oppose new fossil fuel leasing and development on public lands and waters as the Fossil Fuels Policy Advocate for the Natural Resources Defense Council. He is the co-author of A Kids Book About Climate Change and co-host of 1 Point 5: A Kids Podcast About Climate Justice. Artis has been featured in numerous publications for his work on climate justice, including The New York Times, The Miami Herald, and The Economist

At Brown, Zanagee was a teaching assistant for Professor Dawn King’s introductory environmental studies course Humans, Nature, and the Environment: Addressing Environmental Change in the 21st Century for three years. In the summer of 2021, Zanagee received an Undergraduate Teaching and Research Award (UTRA) to support Professor Bathsheba Demuth’s research on the environmental history of the Yukon River and the Yukon River Delta in Alaska. In his senior spring, Zanagee joined the 2041 ClimateForce expedition to Antarctica to witness polar climate impacts firsthand. In addition to being a member of the IBES Advisory Council, Zanagee is a member of the Brown Alumni Association Board of Governors. Zanagee earned a bachelor of arts in Environmental Studies and Political Science from Brown University in 2022.