Our Climate mobilizes and empowers young people to educate the public and elected officials about science-based, equitable climate policy solutions that build a livable world. We connect with young people in person and online, provide trainings on grassroots organizing and climate policy, and offer opportunities to directly and creatively connect with lawmakers and movement-building coalitions.
Since the launch of our Put A Price On It campaign, we have accomplished the following:
Our team has greatly built the capacity of our youth-engagement and leadership-development programs to provide meaningful opportunities to rising student leaders across the country. We have:
- Recruited and trained more than 300 student leaders through our Fellowship and Field Representative programs and mobilized hundreds more to support state-level carbon pricing policy.
- Offered 40 trainings on climate policy and carbon pricing, including youth summits and lobby days, in seven states.
- Held educational webinars for our student leaders covering a range of topics, featuring speakers from Green Latinos, Climate Nexus, Organizing for Action, Friends Committee on National Legislation, and more.
Our Climate’s young leaders have elevated the conversation about carbon pricing around the country and have:
- Secured 50 college and university president endorsements in support of carbon pricing.
- Reached more than 7 million people online through #PutAPriceOnIt videos, digital actions, and student stories.
- Received and generated media coverage from local and national outlets, including The Hill, Buzzfeed, Fusion, E&E News, USA Today, and Grist. Visit our media page for links!
Our team has developed relationships with strategic partners to build a strong coalition for carbon pricing led by millennials. We have:
- Cultivated partnerships with 15 national environmental and social justice organizations, including the Environmental Defense Fund, Powershift Network, and the Roosevelt Institute.
- Officially joined six state carbon pricing coalitions: WA Alliance for Jobs & Clean Energy, Renew Oregon, Energy Independent Vermont, Massachusetts Campaign for a Clean Energy Future, New York Renews, and Energize Rhode Island.
- Grown our Advisory Council to include an economist from Columbia University’s Center on Global Energy Policy, a Sightline Institute senior climate policy researcher, Director of the Environmental Defense Fund’s Global Climate Program, and climate justice leaders, among others.
- Participated regularly as a member of the World Bank’s Carbon Pricing Leadership Coalition to build international youth support for carbon pricing.
We have engaged young leaders directly in ongoing state efforts to pass carbon pricing policies. In the past year alone we:
- Organized a Climate Leadership Summit with 70 students from 13 colleges and universities in Washington state. The majority of participants came from the eastern (generally more conservative) part of the state, and 30 percent of attendees were students of color.
- Provided testimony on the Clean Energy Jobs Bill at the February 7th committee hearing in Oregon’s state house, urging legislators to take immediate action on climate, while also requesting amendments to strengthen the bill. We also turned out 15 students and 30 volunteers to Renew Oregon’s Lobby Day, which was heralded as one the largest lobby days ever held in Salem.
- Held a Massachusetts Youth Lobby Day, which brought 50 students to the Capitol to meet with lawmakers. The day included hundreds of mosaic “tiles”, created by young people across the region, to creatively share our desire for bold climate action.
- Organized a roadtour in New York to meet campus leaders--from the Hudson Valley to Syracuse to Rochester--and hold advocacy workshops. The response was overwhelmingly positive.