My First Month with Our Climate

Emily graduated from The Evergreen State College in 2016 where she focused on environmental justice and policy. During her time there she worked as a food sustainability intern, a computer tech at Evergreen's library, a customer service representative at Olympia's Farmers Market, and as an organizer for Thurston County's "Waste Less Food" Campaign. She moved from Olympia to Seattle in 2017 to participate in the Justice Leadership Program where she worked at Earth Ministry, a nonprofit that aims to mobilize the faith community for equitable climate policy. She's excited to join the team as an organizer. Emily can be reached at

It has been a little over a month since I became Our Climate’s Northwest Field Organizer. In the short amount of time I’ve been on the team, I’ve had the opportunity to help organize events in Washington and Oregon that have pushed climate justice work forward.

Over the last month, we helped organize a wildly successful Lobby Day. Over 500 Oregonians traveled to Salem to advocate for the Clean Energy Jobs bill, which passed out of the Environment and Natural Resource Committee last week. Our team recruited 15 college students and 30 additional volunteers from around the state, who came to the capitol to tell their elected officials that it’s time to #PutAPriceOnit..

The fun doesn’t stop in Oregon though. On February 10th, we organized a massive Climate Leadership Summit in Seattle. 70 rockstar students were trained on climate science 101, telling their story, organizing their peers, and all about the carbon pricing policy we hope to pass via a ballot initiative this November. It was amazing to get together with such a large, diverse, and passionate group of young people who came from all across the state to discuss the ways we can use our power to implement change. A majority of attendees committed to continuing to work alongside Our Climate, we’re so excited to work with such talented young people.

My first month with Our Climate was more eventful than I thought was possible, and  shows no signs of slowing down anytime soon. It feels great working on something I care about deeply with other young people who share my values. I feel like I’ve already accomplished so much and Our Climate has given me the tools and training to continue this important work.

I’ve just finished the process of onboarding 7 student leaders to be part of Our Climate’s NW Fellowship Program, fellows will each dedicate 10 hours per week towards getting Washington to put a price on carbon. They’ll be responsible for holding signature gathering events and providing outreach on their campuses, and I’ll be supporting them every step of the way. I couldn’t be more excited to work with young, passionate, and dedicated students to push Washington towards a just transition to a clean energy economy.

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