Founder and Executive Director
Amelia Southern-Uribe (they/them) is a journalist and climate activist currently in their third-year at the University of Arkansas, pursuing a degree in Advertising/Public Relations and Political Science with a minor in Sustainability. As the Founder and President of Zero Hour Arkansas and Director of Southeastern chapters for This is Zero Hour National, Ameliad has led impactful initiatives. In their role as Executive Director of Zero Hour Arkansas, they've led over 150 members to divert 238,128 pounds of waste on campus, provide 451 menstrual cups to students, and lead 30 climate anxiety sessions. Their role as Director of Sustainability for Student Government underscores a commitment to institutional change.
Beyond campus, Amelia showcases entrepreneurial leadership as the Editor In-Chief and Founder of ROOTS magazine, which explores the intersection of art, education, and environmental justice. In its pilot year, ROOTS garnered over $6,100 in funding, distributing 150 free copies to Arkansas residents. Fostering vital conversations around marginalized identities and environmental justice where education ranks 47th in the nation. Amelia's advocacy extends statewide, serving as a Board member for the Arkansas Environmental Policy Summit and the Arkansas Environmental Education Association. Recognized as a 2023 Udall Scholar, Amelia's journey is marked by accolades, including the 2022 City of Fayetteville Environmental Steward and the 2023 National Association of Campus Activities’ Best Sustainable Event. An alum of the Yale Young Global Scholars and Clinton Global initiative, Amelia is devoted to amplifying the voices of marginalized Southern rural communities to shape impactful climate action.