Earth Optimism celebrates a change in focus from problem to solution, from a sense of loss to one of hope, in the dialogue about conservation and sustainability. Smithsonian Affiliations, in collaboration with the Smithsonian Conservation Commons, aims to share stories of success that can inspire, be replicated, and scale with communities across the country.
Inspiring solutions are coming from young leaders in Affiliate communities nationwide. These fresh, innovative, and yet realistic solutions to the environmental issues we face is truly an inspiration. Click here for a map of projects in progress. Enjoy exploring this amazing work being created by youth!
Students in Their Own Words
Young Leaders Making News
Since late 2019, the Smithsonian has been collaborating with staff at Affiliates across the country to mentor and empower their teen change makers, and to cultivate the next generation of environmental activists and leaders. Share your own Earth Optimism success stories by following @EarthOptimism and use the hashtag #EarthOptimism.