October 2018 Newsletter

Learn what our team's been up to this monthand how you can join us!

OUR #1 ASK

We have 14 days until Election Day and we need your help to pass Initiative 1631, which would put a fee on pollution in Washington State. Out of state oil companies have spent over $25 million (that's a record) to protect their bottom line. But we have something they don't: people power. I-1631 is our chance to pass bold climate policy in 2018 and create a model for other states to follow. As Bill McKibben said, efforts to pass I-1631 are the "most important work that is being done on this planet." And we are extremely grateful that Leonardo DiCaprio used his platform to get the word out to his millions of fans. 

So, will you come to Washington to knock doors? Will you take an hour of your time to call voters and ask for their support? Email our Deputy Director at cassidy@ourclimate.us and she will make sure you have everything to help us win on November 6th. 


STATES ARE STEPPING UP   

Can't Stop, Won't Stop (until we win on November 6th)     
    
Our Washington State Fellows—from Bellingham to Vancouver to Spokane—are unstoppable. Working in teams, they're building campus support for I-1631 and making sure their peers turn out (and vote for climate action) this election. They're collecting pledge cards, giving class raps, organizing outreach events, publishing articles in campus papers, knocking doors and making phone calls. The Leonardo DiCaprio Foundation published this guest post about their work; check it out! 
    
On Saturday, our fellows assembled a giant windmill mosaic to showcase incredible youth support for I-1631. The mosaic was comprised of over 400 tiles, each one illustrating students' desire to take bold action on climate. Several fellows shared their personal stories at the event, which included live music, pizza and opportunities to take action. We also held a phone bank on Saturday, because we know that we need to reach more voters! Have you signed up for your volunteer shift yet?!
    
Policy & Storytelling workshops around New York State

Our Climate's fellows are teaming up with clubs on campuses across New York State to host carbon pricing policy & storytelling workshops. Over the past few weeks, we've held workshops at Syracuse, Skidmore College, NYU, Fordham, Binghamton University, Hartwick College, and Rochester Institute of Technology, all of which brought students together to learn how to effectively advocate for carbon pricing! Want us to host a workshop at your school? If so, reach out to Nicole at nicole@ourclimate.us.

Gearing up for a slate of New England wins
    
Our Climate's New England Fellows are building public support for carbon pricing and laying the groundwork for 2019 legislative sessions. Jade Aguilera at Emerson University is conducting strategic outreach in the MA Speaker of the House's district. Anneliese Cowles and Sadie DiCarlo are training and deploying the club they co-lead to gather signatures for a Board of Trustees endorsement at Phillips Exeter Academy. Anneliese also recently published this blog post on how carbon pricing can redistribute wealth, which will be published in her school newspaper. 
      
Meanwhile, Patrick Wang at Tufts University and Jane Stromberg at University of Vermont are partnering with student organizations on each of their campuses to host two panels of experts to discuss the ins-and-outs of carbon pricing with students and community members alike. Those of you near Burlington, VT, save the date for the UVM panel: November 29th. More details for that and the Tufts panel coming soon. Hope to see you there!

BUILDING MOMENTUM TO HOLD POLLUTERS ACCOUNTABLE

Bringing carbon pricing to higher ed sustainability efforts 
    
We were honored to host a #PutAPriceOnIt workshop at the Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education conference in Pittsburgh, PA. Young leaders from Arizona to Kentucky wrote letters to their representatives, designed creative tiles for actions, and created memes to promote carbon pricing. In one attendee's words, "it's nice at a conference with all these talks to actually take an action." Relatedly, in partnership with Citizens' Climate Lobby and Swarthmore College, we are currently renewing our call for college and university presidents to sign onto our letter in support of carbon pricing. 45 presidents have already signed; will yours be next? 
  
#PutAPriceOnIt in Florida & Virginia
    
Our Climate efforts in Florida and Virginia are taking off. We've partnered with Organize Florida and Students For the Environment (SFE), a club at Hillsborough Community College in Tampa, to host a training on climate justice and carbon pricing for students across the Sunshine State on November 29th. For more information email Ashley at ashley@ourclimate.us. In Virginia, thanks to the work of rockstar fellow Riley Place, #PutAPriceOnIt VA has officially launched! Reply to this email if you're interested in learning more.  
    
Now more than ever: We need to price pollution.
   
As the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change report said, putting a price on carbon is "central to prompt mitigation." It is up to us—the generations most affected by climate change—to make sure this message is heard, while working to pass concrete policies that will protect our future. Read our fellow's blog post, share our content on social media, and please give generously. You truly make our work possible! 

FEATURED STUDENT LEADER

This fall, Our Climate has been working with energetic and enthusiastic cohorts of fellows across the country. This month's featured fellow is Summer Dean, 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 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. Summer is working with Our Climate this fall to help drive a rapid transformation of our energy system, which will require effective climate policies like Washington’s Initiative 1631.

Our Climate depends on support from individuals like you to make our work possible. Please consider making a donation today to help us train and empower the next generation of climate leaders! Thank you. 


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