Our mission at Climate Advocates Voces Unidas (CAVU) is to inspire local solutions to the climate crisis via visual storytelling and youth education programs.

Central America
Founded in Central America

By David and Jordan Smith

Costa Rica
Senderos del Cambio

CAVU produces first film in Costa Rica

El Salvador
Agua Salvadora

Salvadorian struggle for clean water

Voces del Darien

Shown to Panama’s National Assembly

Costa Rica
Nuestras Agua Nuestra Vida

Protecting the Osa

Cockscomb: Jaguar Proud

The world’s first jaguar reserve

Barrier Reef Mapping

Belize & CAVU partnership

Ahead of the Tide

Ten chapter series

New Mexico

Six part series

New Mexico

Inaugural year of CIC

New Mexico
Wildlife Without Borders

Emmy award-winning series

Oct 2022
Washington D.C.
Enters Smithsonian

CAVU featured in the Smithsonian

10,000+ Join the Challenge


CAVU’s story began in 2004 in Central America where its founders, David and Jordan Smith, incorporated the aerial perspective with stories from local citizens and leaders to create videos that served as advocacy tools for communities impacted by environmental degradation. 

David and Jordan quickly saw the power that visual storytelling had to affect change and be an antidote to prejudice, partisanship, and cynicism when working on environmental and social justice issues. This work led to an Emmy and CAVU is now featured in a permanent exhibition at the Smithsonian’s National Air and Space Museum for CAVU’s use of flight and film for conservation purposes. 

CAVU film crew interviewing someone outside a wooden building


CAVU’s Climate Innovation Challenge (CIC) was born out of the understanding that the climate crisis is the defining challenge for today’s youth, impacting their environment, health, culture, and future job prospects. We work across the Americas and Africa to engage youth, with a focus on those most vulnerable to climate change impacts: students from Indigenous communities, communities experiencing acute climate change impacts, and communities burdened by economic disparities.

CIC is a free STEAM program built on CAVU’s science and storytelling curriculum. The program cultivates student leaders to think innovatively and communicate effectively about adapting to our changing climate.

We serve students annually in grades 3-12. We challenge students to create locally-led, culturally-responsive solutions that build resilience in their own communities. We believe this is the most effective way to address the climate crisis, through promoting a sense of agency in our future leaders.

Student discussion outdoors

Today, CAVU is developing the next generation of youth leaders through our Climate Innovation Challenge (CIC). We work with teachers and students to help them create local solutions to the climate crisis. They are then given the opportunity to share their solutions with the world using visual storytelling.

Diversity, Equity & Inclusion

Climate Advocates Voces Unidas (CAVU) is an equal-opportunity employer and service provider. All of CAVU’s Board of Directors, affiliates, employees, and contractors are expected to uphold its commitment to enhancing the diversity, equity, inclusion, and accessibility of our services.

CAVU recognizes and celebrates the diversity of all communities it serves and believes in building a team of professionals that contribute to our culture of respect and foster belonging through unequivocal support for all the ways diversity manifests.

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