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.
Sarah is a senior at Oregon State University studying Political Science with a concentration in Environmental Policy, Philosophy, and Religious Studies. Through working for Our Climate, she is excited to bring about change in Oregon's environmental policy and gain experience advocating for our planet. After graduating from Oregon State, she hopes to study Environmental Policy or Law.
Camila Thorndike founded Our Climate (then Oregon Climate) in 2013 and was our Executive Director until 2016. Camila recently served as the DC Campaign Director for Chesapeake Climate Action Network, where she led efforts to successfully pass the country's most ambitious renewable energy standard.
2019 legislative sessions across the country have begun, and the race to enact science-based and equitable climate policy is on. Our Climate leaders have hit the ground running—and we need your support to get proposed policies over the finish line.
We're just 18 days into 2019 and already it feels like this is the year to pass bold and comprehensive climate policy. We're stoked to present a number of opportunities for folks to get in on the action! Read on to see what our leaders are up to, and join us to make 2019 the year we win on climate.
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Joe Nolan is a Senior at Hartwick College and studies Political Science and Government. Joe is the student body President at his school and is very involved with local politics. He is active in policy and advocacy work; he served as an intern in Washington, D.C. where he worked on the 2018 Farm Bill. Joe is eager to use his community connections to advocate for carbon pricing policy. After graduation he plans on pursuing a career in social policy and environmental advocacy.