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.
Presidents of Over Thirty Colleges and Universities Call on Higher Education Peers to Support Carbon Pricing as a Solution to Climate Change
Over Thirty presidents from across the country are throwing their weight behind the student-driven Put A Price On It Campaign to build national momentum for combatting climate change by pricing carbon.
Youth from across the state call for strong and effective climate policy with a community art project.
Three Republican House Members recently introduced the Republican Climate Resolution, marking a historic step toward bi-partisan climate action in the United States. Although political polarization has typically hindered productive discussion toward solutions, these Republicans are shifting the debate by openly recognizing the threat of climate change.
In response to this promising resolution, 26 members of the Put a Price On It movement, a campaign calling for carbon pricing, published a letter of support to all the Republican sponsors. We want these sponsors to know that millennials across the country applaud their efforts to protect future generations.
Elizabeth Kahn is Our Climate's Northeast Coordinator based in New York City. She is responsible for creative organizing, recruiting student leaders, and educating decision-makers about the efficacy of carbon pricing in the Northeast region of the US. Elizabeth recently graduated from Syracuse University's S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications where she studied Advertising and Geography. After graduating from SU in 2015, her passion for communicating solutions to the environmental crisis led her to work for Kiss The Ground as well as Parley for the Oceans. She is passionate about living a regenerative lifestyle and doing everything in her power to unite people to act on climate in the name of love. Elizabeth can be reached at email@example.com
Jeremy is a young climate activist in the 7th grade in Portland, OR. He maintains his blog, Two Green Leaves, runs cross country, plays the drums, and is a volunteer with Our Climate. His favorite subject in school is science. You can hear a recent interview he gave on youth climate action with KINK FM here.
Jen VanStrander is a second-year college student studying International and Global studies, Middle Eastern studies, French, and Arabic at the Rochester Institute of Technology in her hometown of Rochester, New York. She is excited to get her campus more involved in carbon pricing initiatives and being actively involved with her local political community. She is also looking forward to meeting with her Congressional representatives and to publish articles related to environmental issues. Her passion for environmental sustainability stems from seeing the adverse affects climate change has had on the Native American population in Western New York throughout her lifetime. Connect with Jen on LinkedIn.
Kevin O’Connor is a senior at the University of Vermont double-majoring in environmental studies and economics. Prior to joining the Put A Price On It movement in August of 2016, Kevin was an intern for Vermont House Representative Mollie Burke. Kevin had the opportunity to testify his own carbon pollution tax policy prospectus in front of Vermont’s House Transportation Committee. Kevin views effective carbon pricing policies as the top solution to combat climate change. Kevin is from Albany, NY. Connect with Kevin at: https://www.linkedin.com/in/kevinoconnor11.
Green Mountain College President Endorses Energy Independence Vermont and Put A Price On It Campaigns
Yaz is a student organizer at Green Mountain College in Poultney, Vermont studying Environmental Policy in the College Honors Program. After co-coordinating Power Shift Northeast in 2016, Yaz founded Vermont Student Power Network, a statewide network of college activists that leverages students' unified power in order to impact environmental and social justice issues throughout the state of Vermont. Their main campaign is the fracked gas Vermont Gas Systems Pipeline. Yaz now sit on the Board of Directors for the DC-based Power Shift Network. They recently began collaborating with Our Climate's #PutAPriceOnIt Campaign after securing their college's endorsement of Energy Independent Vermont's proposed carbon pollution tax in the fall of 2016. Yaz also works in the College's Sustainability Office, running projects around everything from waste reduction and diversion to the student-written College Anti-Oppression Action Plan. In their spare time, Yaz loves to play ultimate frisbee, tune into NPR, and listen to fire tracks by Drake.