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We are building a creative community addressing the climate crisis through social justice.  


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We use arts and culture to inspire environmental action for social good.


INSPIRE more people
Our Creative Communication programs communicate tough social and environmental topics in creative ways through arts and culture.
Learn through ACTion
Our Learning-By-Doing programs develop your leadership skills through real-life problem solving and community service.  
SHARE resources
Our Curated Actions programs create unique opportunities for you to implement and share your ideas, expertise, and solutions.

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What if we all thought like kids?


We invited elementary school students to talk with climate experts from around the world. A lot of learning happened, but maybe not in the way you'd think. So, what does it mean to think like a kid? And why is this so important for inspiring a just climate movement? Take a look.


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Link to Human Impacts Institute YouTube channel
Link to Human Impacts Institute YouTube channel
Link to Human Impacts Institute YouTube channel

We're Hiring

We are looking for a Program Manager for a 30 hour/week commitment and one-year contract, with an opportunity for long-term extension. The ideal candidate is interested in contributing their time to a growing, dynamic organization, in a role that requires defining, implementing and monitoring diverse programs. Sound like you? 


Our HII Youth Advisory Council just launched their new podcast, The Youth Climate Chat. In their first episode, they tackle the complex issues of environmental justice and extreme weather, and how these effects of our social institutions go hand-in-hand.


We are so inspired by their leadership and you will be too. They're young, they're here, and they're ready to change the world!


Listen to The Youth Climate Chat on Spotify


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The HII Youth Advisory Council (YAC) consists of eleven youth activists from across the world. We are dedicated to bringing youth into the forefront of the climate conversation. 

Meet our 2021 Health Fellows

Our 2021 Health Fellows are NYC-based leaders who are redefining community, health, and justice through research, advocacy, gardening and much more.  Take a look at our amazing cohort of ten women who are innovating on environmental health solutions in our City and beyond. 

Meet our NYC Artist Fellows

We are excited to welcome ten NYC-based artists who have been selected as our 2021 Impact Artist Fellows.  They will be working with our Environmental Health Fellows to co-develop creative and engaging works of art around NYC.  These works will engage audiences in local solutions that build the equity and health of our communities.  

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Become a Member

For less than the price of one coffee per month, your membership supports our mission and helps us use the arts and culture to engage more people in making a more just and livable world.



Are you ready to join the club? Join us for our very first book club Between the Lines, where you'll join a global community of creative people exploring environmental and social justice through great storytelling and conversation!


Between the Lines Book Club

July Edition: The Nature Fix

Thursday, July 15th, 6-7:30 PM EDT (GMT-5)

RSVP for $10 here or become a member and RSVP for free!


Our first conversation is facilitated and curated by our very own HII Crew Member Delaney Accomando. We will explore together: The Nature Fix, Why Nature Makes Us Happier, Healthier and More Creative by Florence Williams. From forest trails in Korea, to islands in Finland, to eucalyptus groves in California, Williams investigates the science behind nature's positive effects on the brain.


Sound fabulous? Join all of our Between the Lines conversations for free as a Human Impacts Institute member.* Or join us anytime for $10 per event.

*You will get a discount code once you become a member.

APPLY: Pittsburgh Community Impact Fellowship

Our Crew at the Human Impacts Institute is looking for two Pittsburgh-based community liaisons who exemplify local diversity and leadership to participate in a six-month fellowship as part of our Stories of a Just Transition Project.  

We want to showcase leadership that is more reflective of these communities, and to create more space for a diverse climate movement on a local level. Stories of a Just Transition will focus on supporting already-existing implementation of climate solutions through creative communication, leadership training, resource-sharing, and collaboration.


We will select two Community Impact Fellows who have deep ties to Pittsburgh and surrounding communities. Sound like you? Apply by June 14th and learn more below. 

Join the Crew

Want to dig deeper into our work and mission?  See what opportunities we have to join our Crew, including internships, Youth Advisory Council, Advisory and Board, and volunteers!