November 2019 Newsletter

logo_650_transparent_(2).pngNovember 2019 Newsletter 

As the year comes to an end, we are so grateful to our supporters for making this one of our most successful years yet. As the youth climate movement grows, we can't wait to see what lies ahead... we know it will include more dedicated leaders, winning state policy, and holding polluters accountable!


CHECK OUT OUR STRATEGIC FRAMEWORK

Earlier this year, our team embarked on our first Strategic Visioning process to clarify our role within the larger youth climate movement and set priorities for the coming years. This process led to many fruitful conversations among our leadership team and provided important clarity and focus. Most of all, it reminded us how powerful youth organizing is, especially when it comes to protecting our future—and it got us fired up to keep winning! We hope you'll take a look at our Strategic Framework and let us know what you think. 


LAYING THE GROUNDWORK TO WIN

Phone banking in Massachusetts!

After an October whirlwind of TEDx talks, coalition retreats, meetings with key legislators, and award ceremonies, OC New England is building momentum toward a carbon pricing bill hearing in early 2020. We are not only preparing some searing testimony for the hearing itself, but running a phonebank and preparing to host an Intergenerational Lobby Day and Whale Mosaic Builds after the new year. Want to get involved? Email eben@ourclimate.us for more information.

What's up in New York State?

Student leaders have been working alongside our coalition partners to urge Senate and Assembly leadership to appoint climate champions to the Climate Action Council, the 22-person body that will oversee implementation of the Climate Leadership and Community Protection Act. Next up: asking for a $1 billion Climate and Community Investment Fund, a down payment on the goals set by the Climate Leadership and Community Protection Act, which passed last spring. Reach out to nicole@ourclimate.us for more details and to get involved at this critical time.

Legislators and youth speak on OC Panel in Oregon

Thank you to everyone who attended our Cap and Invest: The Road to a Clean Energy Future Panel at Lewis and Clark. The discussion was moderated by our youth leaders, and featured Representative Power, Portland State University Economics Professor Sahan T.M. Dissanayake, and Clean Energy Jobs advocate Madison Daisy Hathaway. The main takeaway? We must pass climate legislation during the 2020 short session! Email madisondaisy@reneworegon.org if you are able to attend Legislative Day in Salem this Monday, November 18. Legislative Day is an opportunity to meet with your elected officials and demonstrate that their constituents support bold climate action now.

Our Florida Fellowship is accepting applications!

We are currently accepting applications for our 2020 Spring Florida Fellowship! The Sunshine State will play a critical role in the 2020 election—and young people can make the difference. Spring Fellows will organize their communities, engage the media, meet with lawmakers, and mobilize their peers to VOTE. You can see the position description and apply to be a Fellow here.

Young Nebraskans striking for the 8th week in a row

Our young leaders in Nebraska have had an active month! In addition to hosting documentary screenings, planning a full day Youth Climate Summit, and launching the state’s first coalition to combat the climate crisis, youth in Lincoln have also been striking on Fridays for eight straight weeks. Join us as a Field Rep and help us drive change in America’s heartland.


OUR CLIMATE'S NEW ALUMNI FUNDRAISING COHORT

We're proud to announce the launch of our Alumni Fundraising Cohort, a group of alumni who are organizing their communities to support Our Climate's work for the long haul as Monthly Sustainers. Over the next month, Alumni Fundraising Cohort members will have conversations about giving, climate change, and social justice with their friends and family as a way of building transformational relationships with the people who support us as we do this work. Feeling inspired? Support them by becoming a monthly sustainer today!


FEATURED STUDENT LEADER

Faiza Azam is currently a senior at John Dewey High School in New York. Faiza found her passion for climate change activism while working with Resilient Schools Consortium (RiSC), a program for NYC public schools in Brooklyn impacted by Hurricane Sandy. Her work to make her high school more resilient against future natural disasters led Faiza to realize she wants to pursue a career in environmental policy.

As a Field Representative with Our Climate, Faiza organized a climate advocacy workshop for her peers, shared her story with reporters at the Youth Climate Strike, and pressured state elected officials to appoint climate champions to the Climate Action Council. She is looking forward to meeting with her State Senator to ask him to support pricing pollution. Learn more about our other new leaders here!


CHECK OUT OUR DIVERSITY, EQUITY AND INCLUSION ACTION PLAN

Earlier this year, we invited Our Climate leaders to explore how we can grow our diversity and ensure our organization and programs are inclusive and equitable. We are proud of, and humbled by, the participation, learning, and important conversations we held with student leaders, allies, staff, and board members. After months of hard work, the Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI) Committee is excited to share a finalized DEI Action Plan. We hope you will read the two pager and check out the full plan on our website.

If you have any questions about the process or our progress in implementing it so far, please do not hesitate to reach out to our Deputy Director.


OUR CLIMATE STANDS IN SOLIDARITY

This week, the United States Supreme Court heard arguments on the Trump Administration's attempted repeal of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) programs for children of undocumented immigrants. Our Climate stands in solidarity with immigrants and DREAMers, and we encourage our supporters to consider making a donation to United We Dream, the largest immigrant youth-led network in the U.S.

Our Climate includes a solidarity action in every monthly newsletter. Please write us at cassidy@ourclimate.us with your suggestions on what we should feature in the future. 


FALL FUNDRAISING DRIVE: 1 DAY LEFT!

We are raising money for our young leaders to hit the ground running in the new year to win state-level climate policy. Funds will allow us to cover transportation to Youth Lobby Days, host workshops and trainings, share students' stories in the media, and so much more. We are so grateful for everyone who has donated already! If you haven't yet, will you make a contribution before Friday's deadline? You can donate on Facebook or on our website. Thank you!


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