Fall 2018 Northwest Fellows
Summer Dean is from Brush Prairie, Washington. She is entering her fourth and final year in the environmental studies program at Portland State University. Summer believes that climate change is the biggest problem our species will ever face. Our natural systems are unraveling, and many communities are already suffering around the world. She cares about climate change action because not only is it necessary for our survival, but it presents an opportunity for us all to unite on a common issue and transform our society into something better than we could ever imagine. She sees climate change action not just as a response to suffering but an opportunity to fix the broken, oppressive system that caused this crisis in the first place. She is working with Our Climate this fall because we need a rapid transformation of our energy system, one that requires effective climate policies like Washington’s Initiative 1631.
Jordan Stevenson is an International Affairs major at Eastern Washington University who is also minoring in Spanish, Economics, and pursuing a certificate in Gender Studies. She comes to environmental issues via reproductive justice and global activism. She is Co-President of the Planned Parenthood club on campus and works as an International Peer Advisor, helping international students acclimate to American culture. She was previously a Global Youth Advocacy Fellow for Planned Parenthood Global and attended the United Nations Commission on the Status of Women in 2018. Her current projects include researching grants for ARTogether, a nonprofit supporting refugees in San Francisco and conducting crowdmapping research for the Tanzanian Development Trust to prevent female genital mutilation in rural Tanzania. She is looking forward to engaging her community in the fight for Washington’s future this Fall with Our Climate!
Tyee Williams is currently a senior at Whitman College in Walla Walla, Washington majoring in Environmental Studies and Politics. He grew up in Eugene, Oregon, and started engaging in environmental activism just about as soon as he could walk. Tyee enjoys just about any kind of sport, is a very competitive trivia player, and firmly believes that the burrito is the best food vessel. He cares about the climate because the impacts of climate change will be and have already been devastating to both people and the environment and they will contribute to intensifying the inequalities already present in the world. Climate change isn't just an environmental issue, it's a social justice issue. Tyee is thrilled to be working with Our Climate as we work towards climate justice!
Rose is going into her fourth year at Seattle University where she studies Environmental Studies. She is originally from Colorado but moved to the beautiful Pacific Northwest 7 years ago. At school, Rose leads outdoor trips as a part of the Outdoor Adventure Recreation Team, teaching about environmental stewardship and Leave No Trace Principles along the way. She cares about climate because it impacts people’s day to day lives all over the world. It is our responsibility to be aware of how we are changing the Earth’s climate both on a personal level and societal level through our actions, both short-term and long-term.
Kevin uses he/they pronouns and is a freshman at Clark College in Vancouver, Washington. Kevin is studying philosophy with an interest in other fields such as economics & sociology. He decided to join Our Climate because he cares about the environment, wanted to put his time to use, and seek to learn more about climate change & the political process. In ten years Kevin sees himself either in Information Technology or as a professor and writer. Kevin hopes to be more involved in activism and to continue to learn more about the world!
Robin is a freshman at The Evergreen State College! She's originally from Issaquah, Washington, but is excited to be in Olympia studying the environment and policy. Robin has always cared for animals and nature since she has lived so close to both. Robin's care for climate change really solidified at the Seattle Aquarium when she was a Youth Ocean Advocate during high school. Robin saw the effects climate change had on the ocean and felt like she could make a difference . Robin now feels personally responsible for making sure the Pacific Northwest stays beautiful and sustainable.
May is a junior at University of Washington Seattle. She was born in China, raised in Canada, and moved to Seattle during middle school. Living in three different countries allowed her to see the diverse ways in which people regard the issue of climate change and their take on how we tackle it. Like the majority of our community, May wants to live in a world where clean air and water is accessible to everyone as a fundamental right, so that future generations can also enjoy that priviledge. And that's why she cares about our climate!
Brandy is a senior attending the University of Washington in Seattle. Originally, Brandy is from Lacey, WA. Her first exposure to the topic of climate change was in fifth grade when her teacher showed our class Al Gore's An Inconvenient Truth. From that moment, she became motivated to learn more about ways she could work to stop climate change and bring more awareness to her classmates about the issue. As a child, she was only aware of personal choices that could be implemented to fight climate change. She advocated for less driving, using less energy, composting, etc. Her idea of impact was limited to what could be done locally in her back yard. As an adult however, Brandy has learned that the effects of climate change not only negatively impact us on a local scale, but certain communities abroad are affected much more severely in ways we couldn't even begin to imagine. She has come to the conclusion that fighting against climate change is synonymous to fighting for global justice of those communities and that's what motivates her to do this work!
This will be Ava's last quarter at Cascadia college before she transfers to UW Seattle as a junior. Ava is from Iran and has been living in the US for 3 years now. Ava has seen the effects of climate change and other environmental issues from lack of water in her first home or the smokes of wildfires in her second home. She has seen how it causes suffering, discomfort, social injustice, and instability in communities. Ava believes it’s time to step up for the planet we all share and depend on.
Tynan (he/him/his) grew up in gorgeous Vancouver, Washington and is now an undergraduate student at Eastern Washington University double majoring in Urban and Regional Planning and Economics. He lives in Cheney, Washington with his brilliant wife Jordan Stevenson and occupies his time with class, chores, reading, and campus participation. He comes to climate activism through volunteer and internship work on tangential progressive issues, with his primary foci being reproductive health and economic justice. As an aspiring urban planner, he studies the ways in which sprawl and inefficient development reinforce fossil fuel dependency and disenfranchise the most vulnerable populations. By reinvesting revenues raised on carbon emissions in rural public transportation, renewable energy infrastructure, and community sustainability programs, Initiative 1631 tackles the issue of carbon emissions at the communal level, paving the way for large scale shifts in fossil fuel dependency, all while empowering our state’s rural and vulnerable populations.
Jonathan Villanueva is currently attending Washington State University, my current track is sociology double minoring in creative writing and psychology. He was a Climate Justice Steward in Pullman before joining the fellowship program. He wants to use his degree to get into a masters program for Social Work. He loves reading and environmental justice.
Cameron is a senior at Western Washington University, studying Political Science and Environmental Politics. He has spent countless hours biking, hiking and climbing in the Pacific Northwest, and got involved with I-1631 because it is a great step towards protecting this special place. He is excited to start working on getting students involved in the initiative, since even though they are likely to be most affected by climate change, they are unlikely to vote. I-1631's broad scope and focus on environmental justice means that most people in the state can find reasons to support it, and Cameron hopes to help turn that support into action! After college, Cameron hopes to continue working with at-risk communities and lawmakers to minimize the effects of climate change where it will be felt most.
Ameena is a junior at The Evergreen State College. Ameena moved here from Iowa, where she was moved to fight for environmental justice after learning about the depletion of the prairie there. She decided it was her responsibility to represent nature and set off for Olympia shortly after turning eighteen. Through her studies she's grown passionate about Indigenous sovereignty and within that, ecological restoration. Ameena hopes that by passing 1631 we can become better stewards of the land we occupy.
Claire Perez is a junior at the University of Washington studying Environmental Studies and Chemistry. She has an interest in sustainability and is excited to be working on as an Our Climate fellow. In her free time Claire likes to go bouldering, travel and hang out with friends and family.
Fall 2018 New York Fellows
Bella Crane, a New York State fellow, is a rising junior at Columbia University where she studies Sustainable Development and Middle Eastern Studies. She first got involved with Our Climate this spring through her internship at the Years Project, a partnering organization which focuses on inspiring environmental activism through social media outreach. Bella hopes to one day pursue a career in environmental activism and sustainable investment. She is an outdoor enthusiast and lover of glitter, skiing, rock climbing, and Jack London (she's also recently gotten into painting, and welcomes any tips!).
Nicol La Cumbre-Gibbs
Nicol is a rising Junior at Skidmore College where she studies Environmental Science and History and is the President of Skidmore’s Environmental Action Club. She has been volunteering with Our Climate since February and is excited to work on supporting carbon pricing, which she views as a real and tangible solution. Nicol is particularly interested in pursuing environmental health-related fields upon graduation and enjoys watching bad game shows, doing yoga, writing and taking photos of her cat, Pepper, in her spare time.
Joe 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; serving as an intern in Washington, D.C. working 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.
Benedicte is a second year at the Rochester Institute of Technology. She is currently studying Chemical Engineering with a Minor in Environmental Studies, and is seeking admission for a Public Policy Master's degree. Benedicte is currently active in multiple carbon pricing endeavors and loves putting the skills she learned from Speech and Debate to good use. Ms. Adair is also an RA at RIT in Gender Inclusive Housing — working to build an environment where people of all identities are free to be themselves.
Allison is currently a senior at Binghamton University where she is double majoring in political science and environmental policy with a minor in immigration studies. She has long had a passion for environmental advocacy and spent her last two summers working at summer camps trying to instill the same passion in our youth. She spent a week this summer in Washington lobbying for carbon pricing and learning climate advocacy skills that she is excited to use during her fellowship. Her career goals include working with climate refugees either at a non-profit or in government. When she is not advocating for the environment, she directs the SA Advocates program on her campus (a program designed to assist students going through conduct violations) and is currently working on a congressional campaign in her home district.
Fall 2018 New England Fellows
Jade Aguilera is a senior at Emerson College in Boston, MA majoring in writing, literature, and publishing. Besides her love for writing and poetry she's always had a passion for conservation and the environment. Jade has had opportunities to study salt marsh communities along with communities in Yellowstone national park. She is super excited to be apart of Our Climate and to have the chance to not only learn more, but educate others about the effects of climate change.
Cecelia is a second-year student at Northeastern University in Boston MA majoring in environmental studies with a minor in women’s gender and sexuality studies. She spent the 2017-2018 academic year working with Environment Massachusetts on statewide clean energy legislation, and then traveled to Switzerland, where she spent the summer studying and conducting research at the United Nations in Geneva. There, her research primarily focused on the inclusion of marginalized groups in the global governance of climate change under the auspices of the UNFCCC. These experiences have honed her interest in environmental politics and policy with a strong emphasis on environmental justice. She is thrilled to be working with Our Climate this semester, and hopes to further carbon pricing legislation in the state she is so happy to call home.
Anneliese is a 10th grader at Phillips Exeter Academy in Exeter, NH. She was first inspired to advocate for environmental sustainability by her childhood in the foothills of northern California. Anneliese and her family love hiking and camping throughout the west coast, and she feels that one way to ensure that future generations can enjoy the same experiences that she does would be to instate a carbon tax. Anneliese now spends a majority of her year at boarding school in New England, and thinks it is equally important to preserve that part of the country as well. She became involved in the New England Fellowship in 2018 after a former teacher encouraged to become more involved in Our Climate. Outside of Our Climate she also is a co-head of the Environmental Action Committee at her school.
Sadie DiCarlo is a Sophomore at Phillips Exeter Academy in Exeter, NH, where she is the co-head of the Environmental Action Committee that strives to make Exeter a more environmentally friendly campus. Growing up at The Mountain School in Vermont and living in the White Mountains at a hiking base camp for the summers has given her a huge appreciation for nature and the environment. In the White Mountains she watched as the human activity in the area changed the plants and the animal species that resided there over the years and at the Mountain School she saw how little changes in our lives can do great things for the environment. Sadie is so excited to be working with Our Climate because she can’t wait to take a stand against climate change and do some good for the world.
Andrew Dickinson is a junior at the University of Massachusetts in Amherst. 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. Ready to put in the hours and work that is necessary to move forward, he is excited to have this opportunity to make a difference. 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.
Zack is a second year at Northeastern University in Boston, Massachusetts double majoring in Politics, Philosophy, and Economics & Environmental Studies. He decided to join Our Climate because he is interested in the intersection of climate and policy, and hopes to build his organizing skills. He has been involved in politics, most recently working on a United States House of Representatives race in his home district. In his free time, Zack is a Resident Assistant at Northeastern, completes research in disaster resilience, and enjoys running. Zack grew up in Groton, Massachusetts and is a diehard Boston sports fan.
Jane Stromberg is a senior at the University of Vermont in Burlington pursuing a dual degree in environmental science and political science. She runs a student organization called the Renewable Energy Network, a club that connects students to professionals in the renewable energy field and raises awareness about climate issues. She also volunteers with UVM Progressives in hopes to promote climate policy support on campus and in the surrounding community. She became involved with Our Climate to not only create a larger impact and refine her own skills, but to offer her experience and assistance to younger activists. She is a firm believer in supporting young leaders and for access to education. She believes the severity of the climate crisis we are facing needs to be understood wholeheartedly and we need all the passion and effort in the world if we are going to combat it. It starts with thinking about younger generations. When not in the classroom, Jane enjoys playing chess, jazz guitar, and going to the movies.
Patrick Wang is originally from Beijing, China. A student of International Environmental Economics and Psychology now at Tufts University, Patrick started caring about our environment as he witnessed the clear blue sky of Beijing gradually disappearing. Solving the universal issue of climate change became his goal ever since then. Step by step, he hopes his dedication can make an impact in the world.