June 16, 2021 · IGG, In The News, Products

One Movement Change Makers: An Eco Fund for BIPOC Activists


Our planet is at a point of environmental crisis, but that crisis isn’t affecting everyone equally. Poorer BIPOC communities end up bearing the burden of pollution and climate change far more than affluent white communities, and activists in these communities have been fighting for environmental justice for decades. Yet BIPOC voices in the environmental movement are often relegated to the sidelines, with white environmental activists historically getting a greater share of attention than their BIPOC counterparts.

One Movement is trying to fix that by supporting the work of marginalized environmentalists. The organization recently introduced One Movement Change Makers, an eco fund for BIPOC activists. “We want to celebrate and embolden the underrepresented perspectives in the environmental movement,” says Petrice Jones, founder of One Movement.

Petrice Jones and the Story Behind One Movement

You might know Petrice from his acting work in film and TV (Locke & Key, iBoy), and over the last few years, the star has been making a name for himself as an environmental activist. In fact, his time on set inspired him to get involved. “I’d be on set and I was appalled at how much plastic waste was being generated. Some sets would be going through hundreds of single-use plastic water bottles in a single season. Suddenly we’d have an exorbitant amount of waste from a small group of people, with no good system for dealing with any of it,” he says. “ And that was just one show. When you consider there are hundreds more shows and movies every year producing the same amount of waste, it’s wild. And that’s just in America in one industry,” says Jones. 

Petrice was inspired to start The One Movement, a social enterprise on a mission to educate, empower, and support eco-projects around the world. He and his team are currently running an Indiegogo campaign for the One Bottle, a stylish and versatile reusable water bottle. Proceeds from the campaign are used to help Plastics for Change remove plastic waste from the ocean and convert it into raw materials to build houses for people who work in the waste-picking communities in India. “The goal is to create a virtuous cycle in which people reduce their personal plastic waste while also finding ways to use existing materials to improve the lives of the people who do the necessary and thankless work of sorting through the world’s trash,” says Petrice.

One Movement Change Makers Eco Fund

One Movement Change Makers is the latest project for Petrice and his team in their mission to make a difference. One Movement received applications from 35 candidates from over nine separate countries. The United States, Canada, Kenya, and Uganda were the top countries for applications. Now One Movement and its partners are choosing one winner to receive $2K and three runners-up to receive $1K each. 

“We’re excited to award these funds to burgeoning leaders. There’s nothing better than finding leaders, because leaders are able to find followers,” says Petrice. “We want to lift up people who can articulate their projects and create a powerful impact. If they can make the judges believe in their ideas, then they’ll be able to get other people to believe in them too.”

To bring the program to life, One Movement is working with these partner organizations:

  • Black Girl Environmentalist creates a supportive community for Black girls, womxn, and non-binary environmentalists. Its founder, Wawa Gatheru, has been instrumental to the Change Makers project and she’s using her expertise with Black and marginalized activists to help choose funding recipients.
  • Lonely Whale is dedicated to keeping plastic out of oceans by building strategic, data-driven campaigns to spark global shifts in behavior and attitude. It was co-founded by fellow industry alums Adrien Grenier and Lucy Sumner
  • Ocean Heroes Network is a nonprofit program that embraces and promotes the global youth movement to positively impact the ocean.
  • Captain Planet Foundation was co-founded in 1991 by media mogul Ted Turner and producer Barbara Pyle as a corporate foundation of TBS. The foundation works collaboratively to engage and empower young people to be problem solvers for the planet. 
  • Tandem Pictures is an eco-conscious film production company founded by Julie Christeas. It creates social impact films that adhere to stringent environmental impact standards. 

The Change Makers Short List

Check out the shortlisted candidates below:

Next Steps for One Movement

Moving forward, Petrice wants One Movement Change Makers to be an ongoing source of support for BIPOC activists and a way to fund a new wave of environmental change. “We want to find genuinely good projects that are making a real difference in their communities,” Petrice explains. “And the real goal now is to give away funding again and again.”

Want to learn more about One Movement? Check out their Indiegogo campaign today.