December 2018 Newsletter

Although the holiday break is just around the corner, we're keeping busy as we gear up for the 2019 legislative season. Our team has been building power in states across the country to set us up to #PutAPriceOnIt in 2019. Read on to see what our leaders have been up to, and join us to make 2019 the year we win on climate.  

CHECK OUT OUR ANNUAL REPORT

We are thrilled to share Our Climate’s 2018 Annual Report with you. It has been a transformative year for our organization, and our team couldn’t be prouder of what we have accomplished together. This year we grew our team, expanded our reach, and focused on state-level campaigns to put a price on carbon pollution. We're excited for everything to come in 2019, as we are better positioned than ever to win state-level carbon pricing while laying the groundwork for bold federal climate action. Please consider making a tax-deductible end-of-year gift to support our work! 


APPLY FOR OUR SPRING 2019 FELLOWSHIP

Are you a young adult interested in advocating for an equitable and science-based price on carbon pollution? Do you want to strengthen your leadership skills through writing, lobbying, organizing, and event planning for an important cause (say, to save the planet)?

Then apply to be a Spring Fellow with Our Climate! We are currently accepting applications for our various fellowship programs in WashingtonOregonNew England, and New York. Check out the fellowship links in your area for application deadlines, program information, and organizer contacts.


BUILDING SUPPORT UP AND DOWN THE EAST COAST

New York Fellows turn up the heat along the Atlantic

Our Climate's New York Fellows traveled to Albany in late November to meet with State Senators' offices from across the state. Student leaders discussed the benefits of pricing carbon pollution and renewable energy with legislative directors in advance of the 2019 session. Our Fellows were backed by over 80 students from across New York who wrote letters calling on their elected officials to pass the the Climate and Community Investment Act and the Climate and Community Protect Act, many of which Fellows hand-delivered during their visit to the capitol.

Vermont carbon pricing study unveiled at UVM panel

Our Climate Fellow Jane Stromberg organized an engaging panel discussion at the University of Vermont, which brought carbon pricing experts and grassroots activists together. Johanna Miller of the Vermont Natural Resources Council shared a sneak peek of the new state carbon pricing study, which will be officially released to the public on January 15th. Jane now has a stack of 38 letters from inspired audience members to deliver to the statehouse, though no letters are necessary for the state representative who surprised us by showing up to the panel herself!

Boston students are on fire

Fellow Patrick Wang hosted his own panel at Tufts University, featuring three renowned economists including a leading author of the two major carbon pricing bills in the state of Massachusetts. Patrick also shared excerpts from his in-person interview with carbon pricing champion Representative Jen Benson; check it out on our Facebook Page. Additionally, Jade Aguilera, a Fellow at Emerson College, hosted numerous letter writing workshops at her alma mater, Revere High School. The students wrote over 70 letters to Massachusetts Speaker of the House De Leo in support of carbon pricing.

#PutAPriceOnIt event in Florida draws nearly 50 students

We hosted our first event in Tampa, FL at Hillsborough Community College, where students developed their climate advocacy skills with our partners from Organize Florida, played a Kahoot quiz game, and enjoyed a zero waste lunch. Three students were inspired to become Our Climate Field Representatives and plan to host a similar event at a sister campus next semester.


JOIN OUR BOARD OF DIRECTORS

Do you want to join an ambitious and creative team to win strong climate policy? Are you eager to support the next generation of climate policy leaders? Consider applying for our Board of Directors position!

As our organization grows and expands our capacity in states across the country, we are seeking Board members who can help take our work to the next level. Experience with policy advocacy, grassroots organizing and/or non-profit management is a must. Please spread the word to anyone who might be a good fit. Learn more about how to apply here.


MEET OUR NEW NATIONAL FIELD ORGANIZER

Steven Kirchner is a senior at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln (UNL) finishing up his undergraduate degree in History. Steven focuses on understanding the past to provide context into today’s problems and then works to solve those problems utilizing the principles of sustainability. He served as president of a student organization called Sustain UNL. As president, he oversaw the transition from a small environmental club to an active and engaged organization. Steven brought the #PutAPriceOnIt campaign to UNL and is involved with the local Citizens' Climate Lobby chapter. His role with Our Climate is to conduct outreach to campuses across the country and support student leaders to contribute to federal carbon pricing efforts, which complement our state-level work.

If you are interested in joining #PutAPriceOnIt and organizing for a price on carbon with Our Climate, please contact Steven at steven@ourclimate.us.

Our Climate depends on support from individuals like you to make our work possible. Please consider making a donation today to help us train and empower the next generation of climate leaders! Thank you. 


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