August 2018 Newsletter

Our Climate is dedicated to empowering the generations most affected by climate change to win strong and equitable policy to protect our future. Read on to see what our team's been up to this Augustand how you can join us this fall!

GET IN ON THE (STATE LEVEL) ACTION

Washington: Help us make history this November

       

 

Washington voters can make history this November by voting YES on I-1631, which will enact a fee on pollution and invest in clean energy and communities. Our student leaders are organizing events, securing endorsements, publishing media pieces, and making big plans to help get this groundbreaking policy over the finish line. Given the tremendous opportunity in Washington, we are hiring a field organizer (more on this below) and expanding our Northwest Fall Fellowship program. Please spread the word!

New Yorkers: Don't miss this video

Our Climate's New York team partnered with Climate Countdownto produce a short video highlighting efforts to pass two state-level climate policies: the Climate and Community Protection and Investment Acts. Learn more about the policies and the inspiring coalition backing them by watching the video, and share it with your friends! Coming up: tomorrow's carbon pricing advocacy training in Brooklyn. We're also excited to welcome our first group of New York State Fellows to the team. 

Massachusetts: Become a Fall Fellow! 

The Massachusetts State Senate took a huge step forward in June by passing a carbon price as part of a larger clean energy omnibus bill. Since the bill fizzled out in the House, our Massachusetts leaders are diagnosing where momentum was lost while building a groundswell of public support that lawmakers can't ignore. We're accepting Northeast Fall Fellowship applications on a rolling basis; interested students should reach out to our new Northeast Field Coordinator Eben Bein at eben@ourclimate.us


YOUTH STEP UP & RESOURCES

#YouthStepUp Contest: Winners will be announced today!The contest invited young leaders across the country to share their innovative ideas to combat climate change, as part of the Global Climate Action Summit. We've been blown away by the creativity and ambition behind submissions—and we can't wait to announce the winners! We are grateful to our panel of judges: Jacqui Patterson of NAACP, Lydia Avila of Power Shift Network, Bob Inglis of RepublicEN, Quentin Foster of Environmental Defense Fund, Yassamin Ansari of Mission 2020 and Elysa Hammond of Clif BarVisit our Facebook page to see highlighted applicants, and head to the website for this afternoon's announcement. Please reply to this email if you'd like to attend our San Francisco event on September 12th.

Toolkit Launch: Tell Your Story and Join Ours

We've published two toolkits this month for students who want to #PutAPriceOnIt. Our Climate’s Campus Toolkit tells our story and invites students to write their own chapter by organizing their campus in support of state and federal level carbon pricing.  Our Storytelling Toolkit encourages students to embrace the power of storytelling for change and seeks to answer questions that may emerge in the process. This resource features advice from climate communications experts to explore the details of creative storytelling in a campaign. Whether you’re writing an op-ed or shooting a video, this toolkit is here to help you tell your story (the world needs to hear it!). 

Climate Change & Health: One more compelling reason to act now

We're excited to share a new webinar from Nate Matthews-Trigg, a climate change and health researcher based in Seattle, WA. He graduated from the University of Washington with a Master of Public Health degree and a Graduate Certificate in Climate Change and Health. 

Nate co-wrote a textbook chapter on the connections between climate change and cancer risk. He is an active member of the Washington Physicians for Social Responsibility Climate and Health Taskforce. You can watch the webinar here.


FEATURED STUDENT LEADER

Allison Romer lives in Trumansburg, NY, and is entering her senior year at Binghamton University where she studies political science and environmental policy with immigration studies as a minor. While she has always had a passion for environmental issues, she recently dove headfirst into Our Climate by attending the Advanced Climate Policy Camp in Washington D.C., which we co-hosted with Citizens' Climate Lobby (CCL), this past June. She immediately was hooked on this concrete method to make a difference, and soon after applied to be an Our Climate Fellow for the fall. 

Over the summer, Allison has been working to organize a lobby meeting with her State Senator, and using the skills she honed from her time spent in D.C. to develop her objectives for the fellowship. Allison's goal is to pursue change as a policymaker later in her career, and she is excited to be working to implement vital policy now.


WE'RE HIRING

Our team is hiring for a temporary campaign position: the Washington Yes on 1631 Organizer. The primary responsibility of the Yes On 1631 Organizer is to support 10 part time student leaders to reach campaign deliverables to help pass I-1631. Specific deliverables include but are not limited to grassroots organizing trainings, voter education and registration events, phone banking, art installations, and published media pieces. The position ends on November 30th, 2018.

Resumes and cover letters can be sent to cassidy@ourclimate.us. Apply as soon as possible; we have two months to win! 


Our Climate depends on support from individuals like you to make our work possible. Please consider making a donation today to help us mobilize and train the next generation of climate leaders! Thank you.


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