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Of all the dire forecasts she’s heard about the climate crisis, there is one that Arielle Martinez Cohen can’t get out of her mind. The report, from an Australian think tank, projected that if nothing is done, civilization could collapse by 2050. “I will be 49 in that year,” says the 17-year-old activist. “It makes me think, ‘Do I want kids? Do I want to bring other human beings into this world?’ It’s incredibly, incredibly scary.”

Martinez Cohen organized Zero Hour L.A., one of a broad array of youth-led activist groups bringing new urgency to the issue. The recent New West Charter School grad decided to get involved after President Trump’s election three years ago. “At that moment, I

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