September 2018 Newsletter

Our Climate is dedicated to empowering the generations most affected by climate change to win strong and equitable policy to protect our future. Read on to see what our team's been up to this Septemberand how you can join us this fall!

YOUNG PEOPLE HAVE GOT THIS...

#YouthStepUp at the Global Climate Action Summit     

Our #YouthStepUp contest culminated in San Francisco, as we brought eight seriously inspiring winners to the Global Climate Action Summit. Winners presented their bold solutions to climate change at our celebration event, which was attended by the California Governor's Office and covered by NBC. After a morning visit to Clif Bar & Co., students participated in the Summit where they joined the youth delegation, attended high-level panel discussions, and made valuable connections. As one winner wrote, the experience "provided a space for young people's ideas to not only be accepted, but to be seen with just as much legitimacy as ideas from those in positions of power." 

Announcing... the Washington Wind Mill Mosaic!

On October 20th, young people from across Washington will come together in Seattle to assemble a giant windmill mosaic to encourage voters to support Initiative 1631, which would put a fee on pollution in Washington State. Stoked on this awesome project? RSVP today!

The mosaic will be comprised of hundreds of tiles, each one illustrating why Washingtonians support bold state-level climate action. People of all ages and artistic capabilities are encouraged to send a painted 1 foot x 1 foot cardboard square to 509 10th Ave. East, Seattle, WA 98102. Feel free to paint (or collage, draw, you name it) anything that captures why you support climate action, and don't be afraid to get creative! 
You can also help us win I-1631 by phone banking, no matter where you live in the United States. If you have questions or if you're interested in hosting a tile-painting workshop, phone banking, or attending the mosaic event, email emily@ourclimate.us. 

Oregon Mini-Lobby Day!

During last year's short legislative session in Oregon, elected officials committed to put a price on carbon during the 2019 session. Now is the time to remind them of this promise, and Clean Energy Jobs is hosting a mini lobby day on Tuesday, September 25th to do just that.      

Your presence will urge lawmakers to make climate change a priority and help set us up for success in January. With your continued support, we can make sure strong and fair carbon pricing policy is a legislative priority for 2019. RSVP to join Renew Oregon in Salem tomorrow!          

On the road again (in upstate New York) 

Our Climate's New York State Director is hitting the road this week, as our NY Fellows are hosting carbon pricing advocacy workshops on their campuses, including Hartwick College, Syracuse, Binghamton, and Rochester Institute of Technology. Are you interested in learning about policies that can help New York address climate change? Do you want to become more empowered and learn how to effectively speak with your elected officials about the most urgent issue of our time? Do you want to tell your story about why you do this work in a way that connects with people? Join us! Visit our Facebook events page for details. 


OUT AND ABOUT

Our Climate’s Put A Price On It campaign is in the running for the Best Climate Solutions 2018 Award!

Hosted by the Euro-Mediterranean Center on Climate Change in partnership with the Festival for the Earth, Best Climate Solutions is a collaborative crowdsourcing platform that showcases innovative projects and actionable ideas that provide solutions to climate change challenges.

Our Climate is one of over 40 proposals from around the world that are being considered for the Best Climate Solutions 2018 Award on climate change communication. You'll need to create an account, and then you can vote for the Put A Price On It campaign between September 24 and October 15 to help us uplift the importance of carbon pricing internationally. 

We're teaming up with Patagonia & Grist on October 2nd

Seattleites: We're thrilled to be co-hosting an event with Patagonia and Grist.org on Oct. 2nd to get fired up about civic engagement. Join us for live storytelling with leaders in sustainability, arts and environmental justice (including our Executive Director). Events details are online here. Hope to see you there!

Will we see you at AASHE?

The Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education (AASHE) is hosting Our Climate for its annual conference in Pittsburg, PA, to deliver a student session on the #PutAPriceOnIt campaign. Workshop attendees will try their hand at engaging the media, designing a campus campaign, and educating their representatives. Our session will run on Tuesday, Oct. 2nd from 1-2PM. Register online for the conference and let us know if you'll be there!


FEATURED STUDENT LEADERS

This month Our Climate welcomes an energetic and enthusiastic cohort of new Fellows across the country. Amongst their ranks, one duo is already taking strides to unify the enormous machine of a coalition that is fighting for a carbon price in Massachusetts: Cecelia Bolon and Zachary Gavel, second-year undergraduates at Northeastern University. Cecelia and Zack met the Executive Director of Climate XChange, our close partner behind the Massachusetts carbon pricing effort, during a study abroad program at the United Nations in Geneva. They have maintained their passion for carbon pricing ever since. They will be generating joint content for the Our Climate and Climate XChange websites and working to convince lawmakers to include carbon pricing in their platforms for the November elections.

Neither of these young experts is a stranger to climate advocacy. While Cecelia spent the previous year working with Environment Massachusetts on a statewide campaign for renewables and researched the inclusion of marginalized groups in climate change governance at the UNFCCC, Zack studies disaster resilience and has recently worked on a key House of Representatives race in his home district. Both are proud, born-and-raised Massachusetts residents.


NEW FACES AT OUR CLIMATE

We have three new awesome staff members we want to introduce to you. Be sure to welcome them to our team, as they are so ready to #PutAPriceOnIt.

Eben Bein - Northeast Field CoordinatorEben is a biology and climate solutions educator currently living in Cambridge, MA. He grew up in an environmentally-mind cohousing community in Acton, MA and earned a B.A. in biology and teaching certificate from Dartmouth College and an M.S. in Science Writing from MIT. Prior to his work with Our Climate, he taught high school biology and environmental action for six years. He loves to write about science and environmental solutions, and has done so for the likes of YES! Magazine, NOVA PBS, and The Atlantic. When he isn’t happily obsessing over his writing or his work for Our Climate, Eben might be dancing, doing yoga, singing with his rock bands, or sautéing leafy greens with cracked pepper in gratuitous amounts of olive oil. Eben can be reached at eben@ourclimate.us.  

Marquis Mason - Washington Yes on 1631 OrganizerMarquis is a senior, soon to be graduate from Western Washington University in Bellingham, Washington. He is finishing up his interdisciplinary Concentration in Community Engagement. Marquis has been involved in local organizing since transferring to WWU in 2016. Marquis has worked as a student officer for Amnesty International, as well as a coordinator for the Bellingham Human Rights film festival. Having recently finished his internship as a Clean Energy intern with RE Sources for Sustainable communities, he is now coming onboard as a student organizer for the Northwest Fellowship Program. Marquis is ready to put a price on carbon and to continue to protect our communities. You can reach Marquis at marquis@ourclimate.us. 

Ashley Young - Florida Field Organizer

As a Florida native, Ashley has a strong affinity for the outdoors and preservation. She has been a vocal environmental advocate for about 9 years. She founded Students For the Environment in 2011 at Hillsborough Community College. After earning a Bachelor Degree in Economics at the University of South Florida in 2015, Ashley returned to pursue a Master's in Global Sustainability. In 2018, she was a Summer Institute on Sustainability and Energy fellow at University of Illinois - Chicago. In her free time, Ashley loves to travel, swing dance and care for her eight backyard chickens. Ashley can be reached at ashley@ourclimate.us.


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