The #YouthStepUp Climate Challenge invited young people across the country to share their bold and innovative ideas to combat climate change, as part of the Global Climate Action Summit. Winners will receive credentials to participate in the Summit with high-level Presidents, Governors, Mayors, CEOs and others. They will also present their ideas at multiple events in San Francisco.
The contest was organized by Our Climate, in partnership with the California Governor's Office of Planning and Research and The Years Project. It is sponsored by Clif Bar & Co. We are excited to share the contest's winning proposals, as well as highlighted applicants, below.
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 August—and how you can join us this fall!
Yuna Sato is an activist and student at Brookline High School in Brookline, Massachusetts. She is an active member of BHS environmental action.
Congress is weighing the MARKET CHOICE ACT, which was introduced today to put a price on carbon.
Today, we are thrilled to announce the launch of the #YouthStepUp Climate Contest. We want you to be the first to know about it.
This September, climate leaders from government, business, and civil society will convene at the landmark Global Climate Action Summit in San Francisco. Their goal? To celebrate the achievements we've made in respect to climate action, and launch deeper commitments and accelerated action to prevent the worst effects of a warming world. Will you answer their call to "take ambition to the next level"?
We have exciting news to share! Our Climate’s campaign to #PutAPriceOnIt has won the Keeling Curve Prize.
The Prize, named after the graph showing the increasing concentration of heat-trapping emissions, recognizes “the most promising projects that effectively reduce greenhouse gas emissions or increase carbon uptake.” By empowering young people to win carbon pricing policy, we are accelerating the transition to clean energy while supporting the next generation of climate leaders. We are so grateful for YOU for being part of this youth-led movement.
Sarah is currently taking time off their undergraduate degree at Bennington College in southern Vermont to work as Our Climate’s Northeast Field Organizer. After starting as a fellow with OC in the fall of 2016, Sarah moved into a part-time role in VT, and now works full-time with their millennial, all-femme leadership team.
Since I became an Our Climate Fellow in January, I’ve met hundreds of students in Washington State who are eager to work towards bold climate solutions. Through the fellowship, I’ve witnessed the crucial determination of people behind a movement, and learned how to have my voice heard. I now feel less alone in my cause, and this solidarity gives me courage to advocate for my future.
Nawon is one of Our Climate's fellows. She is a student at the University of Washington working towards a degree in Environmental Studies.
“We are the generation that will bear the burden of our federal government’s inaction on climate change. Please speak up for us!”
“We have the technology and the scientific understanding to solve this climate crisis. We know that acting sooner, rather than later makes economic sense. All that we lack is political will. Your voices can help generate political will to solve climate change. Please speak up!”