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.
A HISTORIC WIN—AND AN UNACCEPTABLE DELAY
New York passes groundbreaking climate policy
We're so excited to share that last week, Governor Cuomo signed the Climate Leadership and Community Protection Act, which sets the strongest greenhouse gas emissions reduction standards in the country. The bill legally requires an economy-wide 85% reduction in emissions, with an overall goal of 100% by 2050. It also mandates zero emissions in the electricity sector by 2040. Needless to say, this is a HUGE step forward.
We are so proud of the hard work our New York State student leaders did to advocate for the Climate and Community Protection Act this past year. Please take a moment to read our statement and students' thoughts about this major victory on our blog—and stay tuned to learn what's next.
Fossil-fuel-industry-funded lawmakers fail to protect the future of young Oregonians—for now
After years of working to pass a cap-and-invest policy in Oregon, the Clean Energy Jobs bill (HB 2020) passed the House and was scheduled for a vote in the Senate. And then... the Senate Republicans literally fled the state to prevent the vote (check out the video we made with The Years Project for the full story—we still can't believe it's real life). Young leaders from across Oregon were in the capitol day after day, fighting for our future. And although the legislative session has now ended, the effort to pass Clean Energy Jobs is not over. We are calling 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. You can read our full statement on our blog.
1,201 students in Massachusetts call for state climate action
Un. Be. Lievable. We assembled 1,201 pieces of climate art into a 108 ft. Right Whale Mosaic in front of the Massachusetts statehouse to inspire bold, science-based climate policy at the state level. The day was full of speakers and inspired many to take action. Thank you to all who participated and to our champions for their support. Listen to the NPR story to learn more and hear for yourself the excitement of the day!
Summer Policy Camps
This summer, we're holding a series of Climate Policy Camps to train and support youth across the country to advocate for bold climate policy. Through workshops, guest speakers, trainings, and collaborative projects, these camps will provide young leaders with critical skills to mitigate the climate crisis, hold legislators accountable, and advance strong and equitable climate policy. Our Nebraska camp kicked off last week, and this Thursday campers will convene in Massachusetts, New York, and Washington. Read more and sign-up to attend here.
Join our media webinar with Climate Nexus
Want to up your media game? Join us this Wednesday, July 24th from 6-7pm EST for our Written Media Webinar. Ben Rubin, Director of Media Relations with Climate Nexus, will be sharing tips on writing letters to the editor, op-eds, and other strategies to share your stories. Email email@example.com if you'd like to join.
THANKS TO YOU, WE BLEW PAST OUR GOAL
We are so grateful to each and every one of you that donated to our Matching Gift Campaign. We are thrilled to share that we raised $7,247, far surpassing our goal of $5,000! Every dollar will support our young leaders to keep fighting for strong climate policy. We truly couldn't do our work without people like you investing in our future. Thank you!
STUDENT LEADER HIGHLIGHT
Ross Wheeler is currently a Junior studying politics at Willamette University. Growing up on Vashon Island, Washington, Ross experienced the close relationship between humans, health, and the natural environment. Ross has gone through two rounds of the Our Climate fellowship to fight for the Clean Energy Jobs bill in Oregon. Though the bill hasn't crossed the finish line yet, Ross was at the capitol every week with his peers talking with legislators to get their support -- and he's not giving up!