Years ago, when I was 8 years old, I was obsessed with outer space. I wanted to go out into space, study space, and explore space. I found the idea of space to be one of the most beautiful things. Planets, stars, new ideas, the possibility of life, and the beauty of the unknown felt captivating to a 3rd grader. But while I learned about crumbling planets and exploding stars, I faced a strange, humbling sense of mortality. I knew that billions of years into the future the sun would explode, destroying earth with no trouble at all. I shuddered at the fact that my great, great, great times-a-million grandchildren would likely die if they remained on our planet during that explosion. It scared me to think about facing an imminent death like that, and it scared me even more to unrealistically imagine that I would live to see that day.
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!
What a wild month it's been. Young people across the country have been working for years to pass bold state-level climate policy, and in June, we won in New York! We are also seeing firsthand how powerful the fossil fuel industry is, and we know that the fight ahead will not be easy. Read on to see what our team's been up to and how you can get involved.
The fight in Oregon to pass the Clean Energy Jobs bill (HB 2020) is not over. Young Oregonians are severely threatened by the climate crisis, and we cannot afford to wait for legislation that limits pollution and averts the worst effects of a warming planet. We call on Governor Kate Brown to hold a special session so lawmakers do what we sent them to do: protect our future by passing HB 2020.
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.