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Our Mission

The Environmental Defense Initiative is an international youth-led initiative dedicated to raising awareness of environmental issues and providing a platform for people to take action to create long-lasting change.

Our Story

The Environmental Defense Initiative was founded in Hopewell Junction, New York by Emma Mazzotta. Emma has been passionate about environmental issues from a young age and started TEDI to further develop her passion in a way that can make an impact across the US.


Through writing blogs on current issues in our environment, creating petitions to advocate for policy change, educating others on our social media platforms, and hosting informational webinars, we hope to expand TEDI's reach to thousands of people and do our part in shaping a better world for future generations to live in.

Our Values




We believe that long-lasting change cannot be achieved without passion. All members of our team love the environment and are passionate about protecting it from human carelessness. Passion is the core of TEDI's mission.



Our mission is to inspire individuals to take action on environmental issues in their own communities. In order to inspire people to engage in environmental advocacy, we provide opportunities for people to learn about our environment.



We believe that creativity is the key to success and channel it in all of our campaigns. TEDI aims to stand out, not blend in. Instead of offering volunteer opportunities, we focus on creating petitions that can be used to make sustainable policy change.

Meet the Team


Blog Writer

Priya Connelly

Hopewell Junction, NY, USA

Priya has always been passionate about the Earth and is constantly looking for more ways to preserve it for future generations. She loves all things nature, especially animals, and wants to raise awareness of environmental problems that lack public attention. She has witnessed the impacts of environmental problems on our Earth first-hand and joined TEDI to speak up about these important issues.

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Blog Writer

Cassidy Fisher

Warrington, Pennsylvania, USA

Cassidy is passionate about the environment and studying the impacts of changes in the environment on human health and wellbeing. She has conducted extensive research on environmental inequities in minority communities and joined TEDI to raise awareness of these inequities and other environmental issues.

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Thank you to all of our partners for working with us to achieve sustainable, long-lasting change. Learn more about these partnerships by following us on Instagram.




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