Massachusetts

Background

Massachusetts has been considering carbon pricing policy since at least 2014. MA is well situated to be the first state in the NE to pass science-based and equitable fee and rebate policy, with the potential to set off a chain reaction in  New England states by doing so. With a Republican governor and a heavily Democratic house and senate, the Coalition for a Clean Energy Future has secured an impressive showing of support: the majority of the senate is supportive,  6 more representatives to go in order to have a majority in the house. Strategy is focused on moving key legislators identified by the coalition.

Coalition Partners

Our Climate is thrilled to support the Massachusetts Campaign for a Clean Energy Future. Within the coalition, our role is to organize students and millennials to get involved and show lawmakers that we want to #PutAPriceOnIt.

2018 Goals

Pass a carbon fee and rebate policy (or other carbon pricing mechanism that meets our policy principles) via House and Senate committees and vote.

Important Dates

  • January 23rd - Youth Lobby Day and Art Exhibition

  • February 7th - Bill comes out of committee

  • July 31st - Last day of formal session

  • January 2019 - Last day of session

What will Our Climate do to help get this policy over the finish line?

#1. Empower 30 student and millennial leaders from Massachusetts to effectively advocate for fair and equitable climate policy.

  • Arrange presentations and/or meetings on 4-6 traditional and nontraditional college campuses in MA to identify 2-3 student leaders. Special attention will be paid to reaching students who are not already engaged in the climate movement, and often underrepresented in the environmental movement (e.g. connecting with racial justice leaders on campus).

  • Host 2 additional Youth Climate Trainings around media, the Massachusetts policy, and meeting with elected officials to endorse the policy

  • Host 2-4 webinars geared toward NE youth that focus on key areas (e.g. policy principles, economics, organizing methods, and racial/social/environmental justice, etc.)
  • Organize Youth Lobby Day and Art Exhibition to engage 50+ young people in creative advocacy including meeting with elected officials, slam poetry and art.

  • Facilitate 35 conversations between students & high profile decision makers to demonstrate youth support for carbon pricing by November.

  • Collaborate with 250+ Massachusetts and NE young people to create the MA Mosaic to be installed in the statehouse.

  • Hire 4-10 NE fellows for the Spring, Summer and Fall cycles.

#2. Amplify Northeast climate leadership, and youth engagement, by reaching over 50,000 people via social and earned media.

  • Publish 7-10 op-eds, LTE’s and self-published media in priority districts to educate constituents about carbon pricing.

  • Publish 10-25 op-eds, LTE’s and self-published media to educate constituents about carbon pricing.

  • Use digital engagement tools and social media to inform over 25,000 students in the region about engagement opportunities (e.g. advocacy days and committee hearings) and activate students to call and/or write their representatives. Our partnerships with national climate organizations, including Years of Living Dangerously, will allow us to increase our reach significantly.

  • Share relevant carbon pricing content created by Years of Living Dangerously and other partners to build public support for carbon pricing and building equity into climate solutions.

  • Organize 2-3 high-profile events that receive earned media from statewide or national outlets. This could take the form of a creative initiative or hosting big-name speakers.

#3. Diversify Our Climate’s leadership team by recruiting at least 4 students and/or millennials from underrepresented communities to our Fellowship program, Millennial Advocacy Board or Board of Directors.

  • Our campus and community outreach (outlined above) will prioritize reaching constituencies that are often underrepresented in the climate movement. In doing so, we will make an effort to establish partnerships with other youth-led or campus organizations focused on social, economic and racial justice, and include them in our carbon pricing advocacy work (and support their campaigns).

  • Recruit students with diverse backgrounds and cultural identities to lead and attend trainings, events, actions, etc., as these opportunities often lead to more meaningful ownership and engagement.

  • Maintain active student engagement on 12 campuses throughout Spring semester.

  • Obtain a total of 9 NE college president endorsements.

 

 

 

 

  
 
 
    
 

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