Our Climate is a national non-profit that mobilizes young people to advocate for science-based and equitable climate policies at the state and national level. Putting a price on carbon is a way to hold polluters accountable and transition our economy to a clean energy future. Students will train and organize other students, rallying public support for general climate action, and carbon pricing policy, then engage directly with elected officials. Applications are currently being accepted for our '20-'21 fellowship.
The 2020-2021 Fellowship will take place at a critical moment: An election year and the first Florida fellowship to cover the entirety of the legislative session. In 2020, young people have had ENOUGH. This year, our votes and our voices will be enough to demand climate action from our leaders. Our Florida team has placed a high priority on mobilizing our peers to vote this election. In the fall, we will focus on voter mobilization, coalition building, and designing new policy. Then, beginning in Spring 2021, we will start the new session with our largest lobbying effort yet to ensure that our legislators prioritize the policy we helped to design.
Note on COVID-19: We prioritize safety of our communities in all aspects of our programming. Our virtual organizing tools have allowed us to continue much of what we do with a #BuildBackBetter frame that celebrates the overlap between climate and COVID-19 solutions. This means that, though more of our advocacy is currently done online, we plan to run a fully operational program for the 2020-2021 season.
Fellows will work closely with Our Climate’s Florida Field Organizer to achieve mutually agreed-upon goals. This educational and supportive arrangement is designed to build a stronger and more diverse coalition of young leaders for demanding climate action in Florida. Fellows will commit 7-10 hours a week from August 15th, 2020-May 14th, 2021.
Florida Fellows will work collaboratively with each other, the Florida Field Organizer, and other student leaders to design and execute projects that advance science-based, equitable climate policy at the state and federal level. Fellows will spend 7-10 hours a week on these projects and the trainings that support them. Our Climate Fellows' most common tactics include:
- Lobbying key legislators by phone, letter, and in-person;
- Identifying, aligning with, and supporting coalition members and allies;
- Writing and publishing media, including letters to the editor, op-eds, and social media;
- Organizing informational, community-building, or lobbying events (lobby days, house parties, panels/forums, etc.);
- Identifying and securing opportunities to attend, table, or speak at community events;
- Participating in phone banks, door-to-door or street canvassing, and other list-building activities;
- Using art, especially Climate Mosaics, to inspire and welcome new people into the movement; and
- Coaching other student leaders to do the same.
There are 5 Fellowship positions offered in Florida. Our Climate is committed to helping all applicants find their place in the movement regardless of whether they receive a fellowship. So apply!
Remote, all campuses in Florida.
Fellows will conduct their weekly work from their home or campus communities, collaborate remotely by videoconference, and will occasionally attend larger events in central locations that they help to organize (COVID-19 pandemic permitting).
Our Climate is committed to providing financial support to leaders, especially those with high financial needs. Our Florida Field Team has the option for educational reimbursements and hourly pay dependent on financial need. Email the Florida Field Organizer at firstname.lastname@example.org to discuss the opportunities.
July 15, 2020 - APPLICATIONS DUE
Aug 17, 2020 - Fellowship Orientation Call/Program Begins
Nov 25-29, 2020 - Thanksgiving Break
Dec 21, 2020 - Jan 8, 2021 - Winter Break
Spring Break will be determined on an individual basis concurrent with school schedules
May 14, 2021 - End of program
*These times are flexible and can be modified based on Fellows' availability. Direct questions and concerns to the Florida Field Organizer, email@example.com.
How to apply:
The Florida Field Organizer, Laura Stargel, will follow up with qualified candidates to set up a short interview. Questions concerning the Fellowship can be directed to her at firstname.lastname@example.org