Young leaders call for Oregon Senate President to stand up to fossil fuel funded Republican minority
As young Oregonians directly threatened by the climate crisis, we are outraged that Senate President Peter Courtney has caved to Republican demands and plans to walk away from the Clean Energy Jobs bill (HB 2020). Young constituents deserve leaders who fight for their interests and do not back down when things get tough. We deserve to know where our elected leaders stand, and who they represent. For this reason, we demand a full Senate floor vote on Clean Energy Jobs this legislative session.
This week, the New York State legislature passed the historic Climate Leadership and Community Protection Act, which sets the strongest greenhouse gas emissions reduction standards in the country.
Violette is a freshman studying Environmental Analysis and Policy at Boston University while concurrently earning her MA in Energy and Environment. Violette’s passion for environmental advocacy stems from her experience as a lifelong resident of the Central Valley, CA, America’s agricultural capital. When she is not studying or working, Violette can be found running, cycling, skiing, hiking, or stargazing in her hammock with her black lab, Gus.
Andrew Dickinson is a junior at the University of Massachusetts in Amherst and was a Fellow in the Fall of 2018. He is majoring in Communications with a minor in Environmental Science. He has been environmentally conscious since he was a kid and recently decided that this was the path he needs to go down in order to make the world a better place. He sees Our Climate as a clear first step towards a career in environmental advocacy after graduating. When he isn’t thinking about ways to better our future, you’ll find him scaling a rock wall or shredding the slopes of a ski hill.
Gabriel Bongiorno is a Fellow with Our Climate and a sophomore at Binghamton University.
Claire is part of Our Climate's Fellowship Program. She is a sophomore at Willamette University in Salem, OR.
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).
In a show of force, students and young leaders in states across the country (Oregon, Florida, Massachusetts, Nebraska, Illinois, Iowa, and New York) rallied at their state capitals to demand equitable and science-based action on climate change. Students in Washington State will hold a similar event on Thursday.
Morgan Margulies is currently a Freshman at Columbia University in Manhattan majoring in Political Science and Mathematics-Statistics. He grew up in Nevada City, California, a small town nestled in the foothills of the Sierra Nevada Mountains. Raised in the woods, Morgan developed a passion for the environment that surrounded him. In his free time, Morgan enjoys spending time at the Yuba River, climbing mountains, stargazing, and eating pesto pasta with basil from his family’s garden. His appreciation for nature translated into a dedication to environmental stewardship and restoration. Additionally, Morgan believes climate change is an issue of social justice and is concerned with how pollution disproportionately impacts marginalized communities. Morgan is enthusiastic about grass roots organizing and is ecstatic to be working with Our Climate, an organization he believes can influence meaningful policy to take climate change head on.
Erin is a fellow with Our Climate, working on passing the Clean Energy Jobs bill in Oregon. Erin grew up in beautiful Central Oregon and then attended Whitman College in Washington state, where she graduated with a BA in sociology and environmental studies. After college she lived and worked in Detroit, MI for six years, where she became greatly interested in social and environmental justice issues. She is now pursuing a Master of Public Policy degree at Oregon State University, focusing on environmental policy.