State Campaigns

Opportunity Starts at Home

Our Climate is advocating for state-level policies to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and ensure a just transition to clean energy. Our young leaders contribute to state campaigns through legislative advocacy, creative organizing, and media engagement.

We are most active in the following states:

New York

Our Climate’s New York team is proud to advocate for policies that center climate, jobs, and justice. As an active steeringcommittee member of the NY Renews coalition, Fellows, Field Representatives and Field Advisors work to hold New York State accountable for implementing the Climate Leadership and Community Protection Act while advocating for climateaction, good green jobs, and environmental, economic, and racial justice with the Climate and Community Investment Act.

Highlights from the past year include:

  • Co-hosted a virtual youth lobby day with over partner organizations to advocate for the CCIA; Over 100 young people from around the state participated in the event and Our Climate leaders facilitated 18 meetings with state representatives;
  • Helped to build support for and pass the Climate Leadership and Community Protection Act, the most ambitious state-level climate bill in the nation;
  • Organized a Climate Presentation Series this summer, where 5 youth leaders presented on topics including climate change and public health, a deep dive into the Climate Leadership and Community Protection Act, and democracy to their peers and communities;
  • Trained over 180 youth leaders on storytelling, advocacy, and climate policy.

Want to join the team? Email Jenille Scott, NY Field Organizer at Jenille@ourclimate.us 

Massachusetts

Our Climate’s Massachusetts team is proud to fight for and build the relationships that will win science-based, equitable policy in our home state. Not only do we have specific policy requirements, but we help hold and support relationships across the Massachusetts Youth Climate Coalition and with our adult partners at Mass Power Forward, Massachusetts Clean Energy Future, and the MA Green New Deal Roundtable. 

Some highlights from this year include:

  • assembling 1,201 pieces of youth artwork into into a 108 ft whale mosaic outside the State House
  • testifying to the MA State House committee where key legislation gets stuck
  • facilitating over 300 legislator meetings over the course of 4 lobby days, including with the Speaker of the House (WCVB TV news story here)
  • winning a key environmental justice provision in the MA House climate bill (blog post here)

Want to join the team? Email Eben Bein, NorthEast Field Coordinator at Eben@ourclimate.us 

Florida

Our Climate’s Florida  team is proud to fight for and build the relationships that will win science-based, equitable policy in our home state as many cities are already seeing the effects of climate change. Fellows, Field Representatives and Field Advisors work to hold the Florida legislature and Members of Congress accountable for adapting to the current effects, but also mitigating future effects and protecting frontline communities that are disproportionately affected by the climate crisis.

Highlights from the past year include:

  • Co-hosted a virtual youth lobby day with ReThink Energy Florida to advocate for a green recovery from the coronavirus global pandemic; 40 students were trained and the lobby teams met with 15 congressional offices. The lobby day resulted in 2 new co-sponsors of the BEST Act from Rep. Soto and Rep. Crist. 
  • Grew our Florida team to 9 fellows, 11 field representatives, and 3 field advisors. 
  • Trained over 110 youth leaders on storytelling, advocacy, and climate policy.
  • Hosted many virtual events like a Climate Forum with Representative Castor, Chair of the House Select Committee on the Climate Crisis, voter mobilization events for letter writing, text banking, and a fundraising campaign for the Florida Rights Restoration Coalition to help disenfranchised voters restore their rights to vote.

Want to join the team? Email the Florida Field Organizer, Laura Stargel, at lauras@ourclimate.us

Oregon

Our Climate’s Oregon team is proud to fight for and build the relationships that will win science-based, equitable policy in our home state. We have developed a strong relationship with organizations across Oregon working with the Renew Oregon Coalition on the Clean Energy Jobs bill. Through this work we have  empowered youth leaders from across the state to stand up and fight for equitable climate policy in Oregon.

A few highlights of the last year include: 

  • Facilitated over a 100 meetings with important lawmakers including the Speaker of the House and the President of the Senate speaking about the importance of the Clean Energy Jobs Bill and spoke directly with lawmakers about the importance of equitable climate policy. 
  • Attended rallies and coordinated over 100 volunteers at the state Capitol.
  • Published 15 Letters to the Editor in newspapers across Oregon empowering more people to speak on the issue of climate change in Oregon. 
  • Influenced the signing of  Executive Order 20-04. The order updates the existing state carbon emissions goals to reflect the current science, setting a standard of 45% reduction from 1990 levels by 2035, and an 80% reduction from 1990 levels by 2050.
  • Worked on the Policy Table of the Executive Order, influencing policy and working to implement youth voices in the decision making process. 

Nebraska

Our Climate has been organizing in Nebraska since 2018. During the youth climate camp in 2019, our young people created the first statewide climate coalition, Coalition of Resilient Nebraskas (CORN), to address the climate crisis.

Washington

Our Climate’s Washington team has developed a robust program across the state over the last 2.5 years. We have trained young climate justice leaders, organized events to get youth plugged into the political process, joined coalitions to bring the youth voice to the negotiating table, and mobilized young people in every legislative district to successfully advocate for bold and equitable climate policy. 

Highlights from this year include:

  • Just since January, we have trained 590 young people across Washington State through the 66 events we’ve hosted.
  • During the 2020 Legislative Session, young people helped pass the Climate Pollution Limits bill, which updated Washington’s greenhouse gas reduction goals to be in line with the latest science.
  • Since then, we’ve hosted 12 listening sessions to hear from youth across the state about what kinds of climate policies they want to see passed in Washington State this year.
  •  Since January, our youth have made 2,739 contacts with lawmakers (emails, phone calls, letters), 134 of which were direct lobby meetings.

If you are interested in getting involved in our Washington State Field Program, contact Washington Field Coordinator Emily Martin at Emily@ourclimate.us

If you’re interested in getting involved, please email Cassidy Jones at cassidy@ourclimate.us and she will connect you with our team on the ground.