August 2019 Newsletter

As summer draws to an end and we look ahead to an action-packed fall, we're grateful for the work young people are doing across the country (and world) to mitigate the climate crisis. Read on to learn about the recent climate policy trainings we held, upcoming events, opportunities to join our staff team in Massachusetts and Florida, and more! 

YOUTH CLIMATE POLICY CAMPS FROM COAST TO COAST

In late July, Our Climate launched our inaugural Youth Climate Policy Camps in four states. These multi-day intensive camps brought rising climate leaders together to hear from climate justice leaders, economists, political operatives, and more. They developed critical advocacy skills and charted their next steps to advance climate solutions in their states. 

In New York, campers participated in coalition building and advocacy exercises, learned to share their stories through podcasts and writing op-eds, and visited The Climate Museum on Governor's Island!

In Massachusetts, we cohosted the camp with DivestEd and Sunrise, two youth-led partner organizations in the Boston area. Each group shared their unique skills and contributions, and then created a video art project to capture the ecosystem of solutions in the youth climate movement.

In Washington, we partnered with WA Climate Strike, Sunrise, For the People, and Women of Color Speak Out to host workshops focused on building our organizing power as youth and centering equity in our work. 

In Nebraska, young leaders received training on building strategic partnerships, engaging the media, and policy advocacy; these dedicated climate rockstars are now in the process of launching Nebraska's first youth-led climate coalition.


YOUTH ARE TAKING ACTION

Youth Climate Strikes: Lobby Day in Massachusetts

We're doing Climate Strike Week OC style, by turning up the legislative heat in the Massachusetts State House. Join us for our Youth Lobby Day in Boston on September 25th as we sit down with key legislative leaders, hold their feet to the fire, and secure a public hearing for Representative Benson's ambitious, equitable carbon pricing bill. 

Our Florida Fellows are on fire!

In Florida, six incredible young activists have committed the last part of their summer to holding elected officials accountableand they've already made a splash! Just one example: Fellows visited Congressman Ross Spano during an open house to let him know climate action is important and to ask for a sit down. He granted the sit down, but soon after made the news when complaining that climate deniers like him are unfairly labeled as "idiots." Our Climate's work was featured in the article, and soon after, Fellow Sarah Mahan published a letter titled appropriately "Listen to your Constituents!" Over the next several weeks, Florida Fellows are prioritizing meeting with congressional representatives during the August Recess. Keep an eye on our blog to see more from the Florida cohort soon.


JOIN OUR TEAM 

Accepting applications for our Washington State Fellowship!

Are you passionate about fighting for a livable future? Do you want to get involved in passing bold, science-based, equitable climate policy? If so, you should apply to join our Fellowship! We're hiring young adults (ages 18-24) to join our Washington fellowship program. Fellows will receive training in grassroots organizing, media skills, and climate policy. They'll also assist us in negotiating and advocating for state-level policy that will hold corporate polluters accountable while investing in clean energy and frontline communities. College and work experience is not necessary! Apply today!

Help coordinate our Timmy the Whale Mosaic Tour

In collaboration with national and state partners, we are empowering the next generation of leaders in Massachusetts to mobilize youth support for bold climate policy. One way we do this is through the creation of large mosaics built from youth-created climate art from across the state, like our recent Right Whale Mosaic, which was displayed on the Boston Common.The primary responsibility of the Massachusetts Climate Art Organizer is to organize and supervise a series of mosaic builds at strategic times and locations that advance state policy, with collaboration and oversight from the New England Field Coordinator. Deliverables include but are not limited to planning and securing permission for builds, establishing strategic partnerships, managing travel and assembly logistics, and helping to generate and engage the media. Read more and apply today!

Florida Field Organizer (part time)

The Florida Field Organizer will mobilize and empower student leaders across the Sunshine State to build support for equitable and science-based climate policy, with a focus on federal carbon pricing policy. Our Climate has already begun to cultivate a network of student leaders in Florida, with representation from Tallahassee, Orlando, Tampa, St. Petersburg, and Miami. Florida students are eager to step into leadership roles and take advantage of opportunities to meaningfully advance carbon pricing and other climate policy efforts, in partnership with local and state organizations. Learn more and apply today!


ARE YOU AN OUR CLIMATE ALUM? TAKE OUR SURVEY!

Our team is constantly growing, and we want to do a better job of supporting our current and past fellows. It is our goal over the next 6 months to establish a strong Alumni Network that will allow you all to share job opportunities, important questions and points for feedback, exciting news and updates, articles, and more, as a way of helping and supporting each other. With over 300 alums, there is a lot of power in this unofficial network of students! We hope you'll take our survey to kick off this process.


OUR CLIMATE STANDS IN SOLIDARITY 

Thousands of children in the U.S. need our support right now, as their communities and parents are being profiled and targeted by Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE). They are coming home from school to find that their parents have been taken; being held in cages under abhorrent conditions; and many are missing. One way to stand up for these children is by supporting the Young Center for Immigrant Children's Rights, an organization that advocates for the rights and best interests of immigrant children. 

Our Climate plans to include a solidarity action in every monthly newsletter moving forward. Please write us with your suggestions on what we should feature in the future. 


FUEL OUR WORK AS A MONTHLY DONOR!

Monthly donors from across the country make Our Climate's work possible. This summer has been a big one, with our recent win in New York, an outrageous setback in Oregon, and a month of intense trainings that empowered dozens of young leaders to lead climate advocacy efforts in 2020. Our grassroots donors truly made this work happen!     

We are so grateful for our amazing Fellow alumni that are working to raise money to support Our Climate's mission. Tonight, our Junior Fundraising Board is holding their first event in NYC, a climate-themed trivia night. Next month, our Executive and Deputy Directors, Page and Cassidy, will participate in a Climate (bike) Ride to raise money for and awareness of Our Climate's work. Every grassroots supporter strengthens our organization and supports young leaders who are eager to strategically fight the climate crisis. Join the network of people across the country supporting Our Climate as a monthly donor today! Thank you.


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