Today’s the day: Giving Tuesday!
I’m sure your inboxes, voicemails, and mailboxes are flooded with #GivingTuesday asks for your support, and we are grateful that this day of giving has gone viral and millions of dollars will be donated today.
Since you’ve decided to learn more about our #GivingTuesday campaign, we wanted to make sure you heard directly from our students about why they give to Our Climate, the #PutAPriceOnIt campaign, and the movement to pass a strong carbon price in states around the country.
Sydney Scout is originally from Anchorage, Alaska. After migrating South over the past five years, she has currently landed in Portland, Oregon. Sydney holds a Bachelors degree from Oregon State University, as well as a Masters of Public Policy degree and Graduate Certificate in Energy Policy and Management from Portland State University. Professionally, Sydney manages campaigns for women running for state and local office. Sydney began volunteering with Our Climate in early 2015 when she was part of the organization's first class of Fellows. She is excited to be continuously involved as the organization evolves and grows.
FROM THE STUDENTS
National Voter Registration Day Video Reaches 15,000
Student leaders from across the country created this video imploring you to book it to the voting booth at every opportunity. Many of them celebrated National Voter Registration Day by organizing campus events and directing their friends to our website, where you can sign up to receive reminders when an election is taking place in your area. Hear from the next generation of climate leaders, and then register to vote!
Safe Climate PA Draws Over 60 Students to State's Capital
Students from across Pennsylvania convened in Harrisburg to learn about carbon pricing, explore how to advocate effectively, and make plans to #PutAPriceOnIt. Speakers included Jerry Taylor of the libertarian Niskanen Center and Jacqui Patterson of the NAACP. Check out photos from the event, and tell your PA friends to get in touch so we can work together to hold polluters accountable.
STATE CAMPAIGN UPDATES
Full steam ahead in Massachusetts
As Massachusetts lawmakers consider two carbon pricing bills, students across the state are #OnIt. In addition to 6 active college president endorsement campaigns, students in key districts are drafting op-eds to build community support for the policy. Op-eds will be placed on and around Nov. 18, in sync with the Climate Legacy Project, to “immortalize” students’ commitment and dedication to climate action--and show elected officials that the time is now to #PutAPriceOnIt.
100+ Young people show up for Vermont hearings
Out of 161 speakers, most of whom were young people, 103 advocated for carbon pricing at recent listening hearings held by the Governor-appointed Climate Action Commission. Op-eds in support of carbon pricing were simultaneously published by Green Mountain College President Bob Allen and Bennington College student Sabrina Melendez. Following Governor Scott's statement that he will not support the policy, we launched the #Ignored social media campaign with our friends at Energy Independent Vermont to amplify student voices. Stay tuned for info on an upcoming training in VT!
It's time to rally for Clean Energy Jobs, Oregon
If you’ve been wondering how you can #PutAPriceOnIt in Oregon, then join the Clean Energy Jobs coalition by organizing a house party! The coalition is setting its most ambitious goal yet: to hold 36 house parties, at least one in every county, along with rallies across the state. The time is now to mobilize around the Clean Energy Jobs bill, so we're ready to hit the ground running and win in early 2018. RSVP to join a house party in your community.
Student Climate Leadership Training in NYC
This Sunday, October 22, we’re hosting our second carbon pricing advocacy training in NYC. Space is limited, so please RSVP today!
DC friends: Let's get lunch next Wednesday
Our nation's capital could be the first in the U.S. to enact a carbon fee, but it will take dedicated grassroots organizing to make it happen. This Wednesday, October 25, spend your lunch break at the “We Can’t Wait” DC Carbon Rebate Rally! We'll meet at 12 PM at the Council Building, and will be joined by Councilmembers Vince Gray and David Grosso. RSVP here.
Two Webinars: Mark Magaña from GreenLatinos on 10/30 and Ben Rubin from Climate Nexus on 11/1
GreenLatinos is a national coalition of Latino environmental and conservation leaders. Mark Magaña, their Founding President and CEO, will discuss how young people can build an inclusive climate movement to achieve transformative policy wins. The webinar is on Monday, October 30 at 7 PM ET. RSVP to join us!
Making your voice heard in the media is a powerful way to build momentum for bold climate policies. If you’re a student that's ready to speak up about the importance of climate action, join our webinar with Ben Rubin of Climate Nexus on Wednesday, November 1st at 8 PM ET.
Additional Put A Price On It events can be found on the campaign website.
We're hiring to #PutAPriceOnIt in the Pacific Northwest!
We're looking for candidates in Oregon and Washington who are team players, results oriented, and dedicated to Our Climate's mission. Sound like you? Sound like someone you know? Check it out and share!
Thank you, Threshold Foundation!
We are deeply grateful for the Threshold Foundation's support of our work to #PutAPriceOnIt since 2015. Threshold's sustained investment has provided financial stability and security to our growing organization, and allowed us to develop rising leaders as they address one of the most pressing challenges of our time.
Help us build the movement: Become a Monthly Sustainer
As we gear up for 2018, Our Climate leaders are ready to take state legislatures by storm and demand bold solutions to climate change. Sound like something you'd like to support? Become a Monthly Sustainer today!
Cassidy is Our Climate’s Program Director. She develops and maintains the Our Climate Leadership Development program, builds partner relationships, and cultivates an inventory of educational tools for climate policy advocates across the country. Cassidy’s passion for the fight against climate change has taken many forms. She assisted in a federal environmental depredation trial, studied greenhouse gas emissions in the Columbia River Gorge, taught children organic farming methods, and served as a fellow for Oregon Climate in 2015. This fall, she will join SustainUS as part of the Youth Delegation at the World Bank. She holds degrees in Environmental Studies and International Relations from Knox College.
Hogan is a rising junior at St. Lawrence University in Canton, New York, where he is majoring in Environmental Studies and Philosophy and is active in the fossil fuel divestment movement. In 2016, he and other students were the first to officially present on divestment to the St. Lawrence Board of Trustees. Excited by the potential widespread appeal of a price on carbon, Hogan plans to launch a #PutAPriceOnIt campaign at St. Lawrence in the fall of 2017. A self-proclaimed foodie, Hogan has a passion for environmentally-conscious eating habits such as eliminating food waste and eating local and homemade. He is known to scrape peanut butter jars clean and gleefully eat leftovers in the name of “No food waste.”
This summer, in addition to his work as a Fellow, Hogan is a political intern for the New Jersey Sierra Club and an intern for the South Mountain Conservancy, a nonprofit that cares for North Jersey’s South Mountain Reservation.
Olivia is a rising Junior at University of Maryland, College Park. She is studying Economics with minors in Business and Sustainability. During the summer she is working with Chesapeake Climate Action Network on their carbon fee and rebate campaign in Washington, DC. It is a great way to follow Our Climate's mission of young engagement in to the carbon pricing movement while lobbying and canvassing in DC.
Samantha Peikes is a rising senior at Smith College in Northampton, MA. She is majoring in Environmental Science and Policy with a concentration in climate change. Her main interest lies in approaching and analyzing climate change as a social justice issue. She has experience informing residents of local pressing environmental issues as a canvasser for Citizens Campaign for the Environment, a grassroots non-profit environmental organization based in Hamden, CT. Most recently, she studied abroad with the School for Field Studies in the tropical rainforests of far northeast Queensland, Australia where she conducted questionnaire surveys to understand how Australians across eight different small towns and of differing socio-demographic groups perceive their own risks to climate change. As a fellow for the Put a Price On It campaign, Samantha hopes to not only hone her leadership skills, but she also hopes to become more politically involved in the fight to pass fair climate change legislation.
Sai Ganagoni is a sophomore at Emory University studying Economics with a minor in Global Health. On campus, he is involved with No Strings Attached, Emory's oldest male a capella group, the American Mock World Health Organization, Alpha Kappa Psi's Professional Business Fraternity, and Universities Allied for Essential Medicine.
Sai hopes to pursue public health law in the future to change the way healthcare is approached in the United States. Sai is committed to fighting the current policies against climate change put in place by the US administration and is excited to work with the Put a Price On It campaign as a part of that effort.
Emma is a 22 year old Portland, OR native, going into her fourth year at Gustavus Adolphus College in Minnesota. Emma became particularly passionate about issues surrounding climate change in her freshman year of college after moving from the West Coast to rural Minnesota. Here she became aware of the drastic differences in everyday sustainable practices between places just in the US. With a major in Environmental Studies with a social science emphasis, aside her Scandinavian Studies major, Emma hopes to go into a career based on sustainable development and public policy after pursuing a masters in a relevant field. Emma is excited to work with Our Climate and fellows from all across the country who are driven by similar interests with a wide variety of perspectives!
Cassidy Jones (right) lives in Portland, Oregon and works as the Program Director for Our Climate, a millennial-led organization that mobilizes and empowers the generations most affected by climate change to pass inclusive, science-based climate policy through creative civic engagement.
Allie Rosenbluth (left) lives in southern Oregon and works as a Community Organizer at Rogue Climate, a grassroots organization that focuses on bringing communities together to support practical solutions to climate change that will result in cleaner energy, sustainable jobs, and a healthy environment. Allie advocated for climate action throughout high school and college and is passionate about developing young voices in the movement.