Our Climate's journey began in Oregon (you can read about it here), and we remain committed to getting strong and fair carbon pricing legislation over the finish line. We are working closely with the Renew Oregon coalition and mobilizing our Oregon members to take advantage of every opportunity to show legislators that the time to #PutAPriceOnIt is now.
More than one third of the entire Oregon Legislature has signed on to sponsor Senate Bill 1070, which would enact a statewide cap on greenhouse gas emissions. The bill would require the largest polluters in the state to pay, and reinvest the proceeds into projects that will further reduce pollution and bring job opportunities to economically distressed communities. The legislature and Oregon's Governor, Kate Brown, is prepared to pass the Clean Energy Jobs bill as a top priority in the short 2018 legislative session.
Advance and enact carbon pricing policy in Oregon
Important Dates in 2018
- January 10 - 12 - Legislative Days
- February 5th - First day of short legislative session
- February 6th - NW Student Climate Leader Summit
- February 12th - Clean Energy Jobs Lobby Day
What will Our Climate do to help get this policy over the finish line?
#1. Empower 50 student and millennial leaders from Oregon to effectively advocate for fair and equitable climate policy.
Arrange presentations and/or meetings on 6-8 traditional and nontraditional college campuses in both states to identify 3-4 student leaders. Special attention will be paid to reaching students who are not already engaged in the climate movement, and often underrepresented in the environmental movement (e.g. connecting with racial justice leaders on campus).
- Bring 15 students from outside the Portland Metro area to the Clean Energy Jobs Lobby Day
Organize statewide summits with approximately 25 young leaders. Summit workshops will include trainers from diverse backgrounds who can inform students on a variety of topics that will shape their thinking on what constitutes “strong” and “equitable” climate policy. Examples include climate scientists, leaders from communities of color, workers from energy-intensive industry, etc.
Identify concrete opportunities for students to gain valuable skills through grassroots organizing and legislative engagement. This on-the-ground experience is invaluable and complements our leadership development curriculum.
Hold 1 PNW Student Summit with 30 participants in February
Facilitate 20 conversations between students & high profile decision makers to demonstrate youth support for carbon pricing
#2. Pass strong and equitable carbon pricing policy in partnership with the Alliance for Jobs and Clean Energy.
With direction from lead coalitions, prioritize outreach and organizing efforts in target districts to demonstrate growing youth support for the policy. This could requiring focusing on more rural and conservative parts of the state, or high-density areas for maximum reach, depending on what is most needed.
Generate over 100 calls and emails to lawmakers from students and millennials that we engage through presentations, tabling, and campus events. Talking points, petitions, call scripts, and other materials will be drafted to ensure the messaging is consistent and strategic. Social media will also be utilized (as stated below).
If deemed strategic, organize creative initiatives in each state that demonstrate to lawmakers and the media the growing youth support for proposed carbon pricing policies.
#3. Amplify Northwest climate leadership, and youth engagement, by reaching over 150,000 people via social and earned media.
Use digital engagement tools and social media to inform over 25,000 students in the region about engagement opportunities (e.g. advocacy days and committee hearings) and activate students to call and/or write their representatives. Our partnerships with national climate organizations, including Years of Living Dangerously, will allow us to increase our reach significantly.
Share relevant carbon pricing content created by Years of Living Dangerously and other partners to build public support for carbon pricing and building equity into climate solutions. There are stories to tell from Washington and Oregon efforts that are nationally relevant; let’s make sure they are told.
#4. Diversify Our Climate’s leadership team by recruiting at least 8 students and/or millennials from underrepresented communities to our Millennial Advocacy Board or Board of Directors.
Our campus and community outreach (outlined above) will prioritize reaching constituencies that are often underrepresented in the climate movement. In doing so, we will make an effort to establish partnerships with other youth-led or campus organizations focused on social, economic and racial justice, and include them in our carbon pricing advocacy work (and support their campaigns).
Recruit students with diverse backgrounds and cultural identities to lead and attend trainings, events, actions, etc., as these opportunities often lead to more meaningful ownership and engagement.
Our Climate hosted a Youth Lobby Day in Salem, OR on April 12th for our Youth Lobby Day, co-hosted with Renew Oregon. Nearly 50 students attended and 34 legislator meetings where held! 2017 is the year for bold state leadership! Email firstname.lastname@example.org if you have any questions.