Mission and Philosophy

Our Climate mobilizes and empowers young people to educate the public and elected officials about science-based, equitable climate policy solutions that build a livable world.


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OUR PHILOSOPHY

Our global climate is rapidly changing. The effects of this change include rising temperatures, changes in rain and snowfall patterns, exacerbating droughts and heatwaves, stronger hurricanes, ocean acidification, sea level rise, and the spread of infectious diseases. Although these changes affect us all, the costs are disproportionately borne by future generations, communities of color, and low-income people.

The urgency of climate change demands immediate, pragmatic actions to sharply reduce greenhouse gas pollution. Our current economic and political structures often value corporate and shareholder profits over human health and communities, while the social and environmental costs of burning fossil fuels are borne by the public. A price on carbon would shift the burden of those costs to polluters and provide an incentive to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. As we focus on near term, concrete policies to mitigate the worst effects of climate change, we support those who are working on long-term, structural change.

Our work is centered around three core beliefs:

  1. We believe young people have a crucial role to play in policy-making, particularly as it relates to protecting our future.
  2. We know what we want—a strong and equitable price on carbon pollution—and we recognize the importance of focused advocacy to win it.
  3. We are committed to building a movement that is inviting, centering love of place and why we are fighting to protect it. We do this by combining creative communications—film, art projects, and media—with grassroots organizing that empowers young people to make a difference.