Earlier this month, students across the country convened at state capitols to demand science-based and equitable climate policy. From Washington to Nebraska to New York, young people marched, connected with advocates from across their state, and collectively met with more than 165 state lawmakers. ThinkProgress and PBS covered the day, along with local and state outlets (we especially love this piece from the Florida Phoenix).
Here are a few highlights from the day:
- Young people stormed the Legislative Building in Washington State and were applauded by senators and representatives as they watched them vote on a bill to require 100% Clean Electricity (it passed!).
- We partnered with NextGen Florida to organize an epic march to the capitol in Tallahassee before asking lawmakers to make climate change a priority.
- Students from across New York State met in Albany to display a "Bluebird Mosaic" comprised of hundreds of tiles, each one illustrating a young person's support for bold climate action. They then met with their representatives and participated in NY Renews' day of action.
- Our Fellows delivered personal letters to members of the Joint Committee on Carbon Reduction in Oregon, asking them to strengthen and pass the Clean Energy Jobs bill.
- Nebraska leaders held their first Youth Lobby Day, where they asked lawmakers to reject fossil fuel money and put a price on carbon pollution.
With the distributed Youth Lobby Day now behind us, it's more important than ever that we keep up the pressure and demand that lawmakers act this session. Please consider making a donation to support our student leaders across the country.
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Earlier this month, we hosted a webinar on Lobbying 101. If you missed the lobby day, no worries! You can learn all the skills to lobby your elected officials to #PutAPriceOnIt today. Watch the webinar here.
Upcoming mosaic in the Northeast
Hundreds of young leaders in Massachusetts are creatively expressing why they care about climate change by painting tiles for the Right Whale Mosaic. Inspired to paint your own tile? Contact Eben in MA (firstname.lastname@example.org) to learn how to get involved with this collaborative climate art project!
EARTH DAY IS EVERY DAY!
We hope you had a happy Earth Day! According to Earth Day Network, “on April 22, 1970, millions of people took to the streets to protest the negative impacts of 150 years of industrial development,” a movement that led to the holiday’s annual celebration internationally. Well-designed carbon pricing legislation supports the holiday’s intention of protecting the planet and eliminating harmful pollution. Keeping this goal in mind, we are celebrating Earth Day ‘19 by fighting for an equitable price on carbon.
STUDENT LEADER HIGHLIGHT
Monique Reese is a Northwest Our Climate Fellow and a junior at Eastern Washington University. She's always had a love for science, which led her to major in Environmental Chemistry. In an effort to become part of the movement for clean energy, she joined the Our Climate Fellowship in Washington.
Monique was an MC during last week's Youth Climate Rally and Day of Action in Olympia, WA, an event that she helped organize. Through this experience, she has continued to build her leadership skills and network with other leaders around the state and on her campus.
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