Morgan Margulies is a staff writer at CPR and a sophomore in Columbia College studying Political Science and Sustainable Development. He is a Field Advisor at Our Climate, a member of the NY Renews coalition.
This article was originally published in the Columbia Political Review on April 1, 2020.
Emily graduated from the University of Tampa in 2019 with a Bachelor’s of Science in Biology, as well as a commission into the United States Army as a Second Lieutenant. She is currently stationed at Fort Leonard Wood, MO learning how to be an Army engineer. Her passions include community service, spending time outdoors, traveling, and making connections with people. She joined Our Climate in 2019 as a Fellow and is excited to continue educating others on climate change and fighting the good fight alongside other passionate people.
Benny Smith is a freshman at Brown University studying Geophysics. He has been involved with climate policy and advocacy for a number of years, having helped start the Rochester Youth Climate Leaders in upstate NY and lobbied for carbon pricing at multiple levels of government. At college, he is involved with a number of environmental groups including Sunrise Brown/RISD and the Environmental Council of Rhode Island (ECRI). Benny also enjoys working on climate science data analysis and computer modeling, and is very interested in the quantitative side of environmental issues. In his free time, he enjoys reading, playing the violin, and going for runs outside. He also has four younger siblings (one of whom is a New York Fellow for Our Climate!).
On behalf of Our Climate’s Board of Directors, I'm writing to inform you that our Executive Director, Page Atcheson, will be stepping down from her position this summer. Page has contributed immensely to the character and growth of the organization, and we are saddened to see her go. Over these coming months, a search committee comprised of board and staff members will find a new Executive Director to lead the organization’s next chapter.
The Our Climate Team is proud to introduce our newest full time team member, Laura Krouse. Laura is Our Climate's Oregon Field Organizer. As a member of our team, Laura will build a base of young leaders in Oregon who will advocate for science-based and equitable climate policy alongside partner organizations throughout the state.
Our Climate youth leaders were thrilled to join Governor Kate Brown and climate justice organizations from across the state for the signing of an extensive climate Executive Order 20-04 on March 10, 2020. We’re taking historic, bold action in Oregon to reduce climate pollution, protect our air and water, and do our part as a state to respond to the climate emergency. We’re improving our transportation, businesses, and buildings to lower pollution over time with clean, renewable options that will save money, protect health, and create jobs.
Republicans from the House and the Senate refused to vote on the Clean Energy Jobs bill during the short legislative session in Oregon. Oregon students and Environmental Justice groups rallied around the capitol all month long to show their support for bold climate action.
Grace Yang is a 15 year old student from Lexington High School, an Our Climate Field Representative and a Coordinator for Fridays For Future Massachusetts. She recently testified before the MA state house committee currently holding back key climate legislation.
Tony is a fellow with Our Climate. He was was born and raised in Anchorage, Alaska and relocated to Spokane, WA this year. Growing up so close to forests, glaciers, and mountains, he has seen first hand what we stand to lose in this climate fight. After experiencing extreme wildfires, learning of coastal degradation leading to permanent Indigenous relocation, and receding glacial activity this past summer, he recognized the need to play a more active role in the solution.
2020 is going to be a hugely important year, for the climate and our democracy. Young people across the country are ready to take on the challenge, by registering their friends to vote, taking to the streets, and showing up in state houses to demand that elected officials act to protect our future. There's no question about it: this is not a year to sit out. Read on to see what we have planned and how you can get involved to make 2020 the year we turn the ship around.