Emerson Collective co-founder Alex Hirsch says he wants to be a role model for young people.
The founder of Emerson Collective said he has had to rethink his career path to make ends meet.
Hirsch told The Associated Press he is now working as an environmental and community organizer, but he believes in the need to work for change.
He said he was inspired by young people’s commitment to fight climate change in 2016, when he started the Emerson Collective.
“I realized that a lot of the youth of today, they don’t have any other option than to look to the future, and to say, ‘If we’re going to fight this, we have to fight together,'” he said.
He added that he has not changed his views on climate action, but is a firm believer in its need for public dialogue.
“There is no easy solution to climate change,” Hirsch said.
“But the time is now.”
Hirsch’s work has led him to the Emerson Fund, a nonprofit organization that provides financial support to young people pursuing careers in environmental and civic activism.
He was one of more than 30 people chosen to receive $5,000 from the fund to pursue a new career in the environmental field.
The Emerson Fund also provided $25,000 for the Emerson Institute, a community-focused education program.
Hester, who is also an environmental attorney, is a member of the Emerson School of Law.
He has worked in the private sector and in government for several years.
He is currently pursuing his doctorate at the University of Minnesota.
Emerson Collective has not yet announced any future funding opportunities for Hirsch.
The AP reached out to Emerson Collective for comment and will update this story when we have more information.
Emerson is an organization that promotes activism in the U.S. and Canada.
It was founded in 2000 by Emerson Collective board member Andrew Smith, who has a degree in environmental law.
He currently serves as Emerson’s CEO.
Emerson currently lists Hirsch as an adviser.
Emerson said in a statement: “We believe climate change is a critical and urgent issue that must be addressed, and we support our board members and staff in pursuing that goal.”
Emerson said it was the first of three opportunities the Emerson Foundation offered Hirsch to pursue his new career.
Emerson, which was founded by Hirsch, said it is a non-profit organization that aims to educate, train, and empower young people in environmental, civic, and political activism.