Washington's Wildfires Magnify the Need for Bold, Comprehensive Climate Action

Emily is Our Climate's Washington Field Coordinator. She manages Washington's Fellowship and Field Representative programs with youth across the state from ages 13-25. 


Youth Leader Spotlight: Meet Orlee Lauren!

Meet Orlee Lauren, a dedicated and passionate Massachusetts Our Climate Fellow!

 

Orlee is a Sophomore at Brookline High School and is a strong advocate for social justice. Outside of her work with Our Climate, Orlee is involved with Green Era Massachusetts and Boston Climate Strike, where she leads teams and campaigns, plans events, and educates her community about the effects of climate change. Gender equity and climate change are two intersectional issues, which Orlee is also very passionate about. She is involved in multiple organizations that work to amplify her vision of a world with a clean environment and equal opportunities for all genders. Orlee is excited to continue her work for climate justice through her fellowship with Our Climate. Read more about Orlee in the following interview!

 

What is your name and what are your pronouns?
Orlee Lauren (she/her/hers)

How old are you?
15

What is your title or in what capacity are you involved with Our Climate?
I am an Our Climate Fellow

Where are you based now, and where is "home" for you?
Boston, MA

What drew you to Our Climate and the climate movement in general?
Addressing climate change is an important issue, yet we still have not taken sufficient action to reduce the impact of our activity on our planet. My passion for climate activism is driven by my vision of an equitable society where environmental racism, greenwashing and many other social injustices don’t exist. I am also committed to climate activism because the environmental crisis has broad implications on agriculture, wildlife, our oceans and the health of our planet. I admire Our Climate’s approach to the climate justice movement, as it encourages youth to educate leaders while protecting front-line communities. Passing equitable climate policy is essential to building a habitable planet.

What is something you are really proud of, either in your professional or personal life?
I am most proud of the work I did to receive the top award in my middle school, "The Principal's" award for embodying my school values of "work hard, be kind, help others". I am proud of this achievement and the dedication I had to receive this nomination; it reflects my commitment to serving others and ensuring an equitable society. Subsequent to this award, I became active in several youth organizations. I am proud of how my leadership skills have evolved throughout my experience as an activist, and of the small steps I have taken towards being a better organizer. For example, I have learned how to effectively lead conversations, teams, and events. This is something I did not expect to learn how to do so quickly, and I am proud of myself for adjusting to the different spaces and expectations that activism has exposed me to.

What does climate justice mean to you?
To me, climate justice is critical because it falls at the intersection of many social issues. To protect our environment means to protect all people in this world irrespective of their social background. It also means protecting the species that coexist with us, and ensuring that we minimize our impact on the planet.

Organizing in the climate movement can be tiring work. What is your favorite way to relax, take care of yourself, or unplug from work?
I enjoy listening to music, doing yoga, and talking with my friends to unplug from my work as an activist.

When (or where!) are you at your happiest?
Anywhere with a good friend is a good place.

What's a song that energizes you?
Sunflower by Harry Styles and Midnight Love by Girl in Red

Are you involved in any other organizations, and in what capacity?
I help lead the Creative Team and manage the social media for Green Era MA, a non-profit organization that aims to raise awareness about the climate crisis and bring justice to people who are more affected by the crisis. I am also involved with Boston Climate Strike, for which I lead the Environmental Justice Campaign.

 

Orlee practicing her nature yoga!


Youth Leader Spotlight: Meet Faiza Azam!

Meet Faiza Azam, a Field Advisor with Our Climate as well as the Volunteer Coordinator of our Voter Mobilization Team.


My Experience as a Field Representative with Our Climate

Brinn is a student at the University of Washington where she studies environment and politics. Brinn believes that climate change is one of the most pressing issues her generation faces. Brinn believes that youth have the ability to make change as they are the ones who will feel the negative effects of climate change most acutely.


From Our Fellows: Meet Josie, Founder of Black Students Demanding Change!

Today we're giving a shoutout to the amazing Josie Helm, who we are grateful to work with at Our Climate and beyond.


“This Decision Was My Catalyst”: How the Past Year with Our Climate Molded Me Into a Radical Teen Activist

Amina Castronovo is a junior at Beacon High School. Her passions include studying philosophy, writing, and fighting for environmental justice. She is a summer fellow for Our Climate, a core member of the DOE’s Sustainability Youth Leadership Council, a member of the Climate and Resilience Education Task Force’s Youth Steering Committee, and a co-leader of her school’s environmental club. Amina also loves lobbying, of which she is a lobby lead with New York Youth Climate Leaders. During her free time Amina writes Op-Eds, as she is a part of New York Renews’ Media Strike Team and a mentee at Girls Write Now, and she has been published in multiple publications. This year Amina has also started an internship at Speaker Corey Johnson’s office, which has furthered her dedication to learning more about her community. 


 


Getting To Know Executive Director Jasmine Sanders!


A WIN (and a sign of how far we have to go) in MA!

Eben Bein, Our Climate's New England Field Coordinator, and summer intern Urvi Gipstein, a rising senior at Boston Latin School, share a big win on Environmental Justice and some important lessons learned from an intense week in Massachusetts politics.


Meet Our Climate's New Executive Director!

After an extensive search, we are humbled and excited to introduce Jasmine Sanders as our new Executive Director. Jasmine brings tremendous experience managing strategic initiatives, an outstanding track record in financial management, board development skills, and an impressive academic background in climate science. 


May 2020 Newsletter

Over the past several months, Our Climate youth have been a beacon of hope. Whether it's adjusting to virtual lobby meetings, holding new national webinars, or planning our first voter registration campaign, their passion inspires our team to focus on advancing climate policies and fighting for justice in our communities. Read on to learn more about their exciting work and ways to be part of an action-packed summer.