Campaigns

Opportunity Starts at Home

Our Climate is advocating for federal and 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 campaigns:

New York

Our Climate’s New York team is proud to advocate for policies that center climate, jobs, and justice. As an active steering committee 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 climate action, good green jobs, and environmental, economic, and racial justice with the Climate and Community Investment Act.

NEW YORK, NEW YORK – AUGUST 19: People attend the Rally to #SealTheDeal for Climate, Jobs, Care, and Justice during the #SealTheDeal Actions for Climate, Care, Jobs, and Justice national day of action at Battery Park on August 19, 2021 in New York City. (Photo by Bryan Bedder/Getty Images for Green New Deal Network)


Highlights from the past year include:

    • Lobbying for the passing of the Climate and Community Investment Act (CCIA)
    • Working closely with NY Renews coalition to put together the Climate, Jobs, and Justice Week of Action
    • Hosting “Climate Hour,” a spoken word event where BIPOC youth shared their experiences with climate justice through spoken word and poetry
    • Mobilizing over 1,600 young people to advocate for climate justice policy
    • Hosting Food Accessibility Week, which shared the inequalities of zero waste living, Indigenous sovereignty, and how to participate in home composting
Want to join the team? Email Danielle Fossett, New York Field Organizer at Danielle@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:
    • Training over 375 student leaders to conduct over 88 legislator meetings at 3 different lobby days
    • Pushing the Next Generation Climate Roadmap bill across the finish line with Environmental Justice Protections intact, and achieved a rules change to increase House transparency
    • Hosting and helping facilitate the first of its kind MA Climate Organizer Summit with representatives from across 5 different state-based climate coalitions to build unity, alignment and trust in our movement
    • Testifying verbally and in writing at 3 different hearings so far, including on an Interdisciplinary Climate Education bill that we helped a team of youth to write!
Want to join the team? Email Eben Bein, Massachusetts Field and Education Manager 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:
    • Working with young people across the state to create the Florida Manatee Mosaic. Our finished project was unveiled in front of the Florida Capitol building, during the Reclaiming Florida’s Future for All Lobby Day that many of our youth leaders also participated in
    • Launching our Climate Justice Coast to Coast summer camp, with workshops such as power mapping, self-care as activism, Indigenous food pathways, and letter writing for the American Jobs Plan
    • Mobilizing over 800 young climate advocates to act on climate
    • Student leaders participating in the climate strike all across the state. Our Florida Field Organizer Cat Fernandez was a speaker at the Tallahassee action
Want to join the team? Email Florida Field Organizer, Cat Fernandez at cat@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: 
    • Mobilizing over 1,600 young people to advocate for climate justice policy
    • Joining the Oregon Just Transition Alliance to support the Oregon Clean Energy Bill
    • Co-hosting a lobby week with Oregon Just Transition Alliance (OJTA) where we trained 150 students on lobbying
    • 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
    • Fighting for worker protections from heat and wildfire smoke, attending hearings in support of state protections for workers, and writing op-eds on these issues with the Oregon Climate Action Plan (OCAP) coalition and policy table
If you are interested in getting involved in our Oregon State Field Program, contact National Policy and Programs Manager Emily Martin at Emily@ourclimate.us.

Washington

Our Climate’s Washington team has developed a robust program across the state over the last few 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:
    •  Hosting over 39,000 legislative actions
    • Washington student leaders played a critical role in passing policies including the HEAL Act, a Working Family Tax Credit, a Capital Gains Tax, farmworker overtime, a Clean Fuel Standard, and part of the Growth Management Act
    • Advocating for climate justice bills, including the Growth Management Act’s HB 1099, 1220, and SB 5042, and working with other climate-impacted communities around Washington state
    • Connecting with over 15 organizations including Sierra Club, Front and Centered, and the Washington Environmental Coalition, partnering on projects that address important climate issues to diversify the WA environmental activism landscape, implement mandatory K-12 climate education, and empower marginalized climate-impacted communities

If you are interested in getting involved in our Washington State Field Program, contact Washington Field Organizer Jade Lauw at Jade@ourclimate.us.

Federal

In September 2021, Our Climate launched our first Federal Youth Leader program! We’ve onboarded Fellows and Field Representatives in Washington, D.C as well as states that are represented by critical members of Congress including California, Georgia, Kansas, Maryland, and Texas.

Highlights from this year include:
    • Publishing letters to the editor, gathering petition signatures, and empowering student leaders to meet with their members of Congress
    • Advocating for the Build Back Better Agenda, a once-in-a-generation opportunity to invest in the United States’ transition to a clean energy economy
    • Mobilizing over 1,500 young people to advocate for climate justice legislation
If you are interested in getting involved in our Federal Program, contact National Policy and Programs Manager Emily Martin at Emily@ourclimate.us.
If you’re interested in getting involved, please email National Policy and Programs Manager Emily Martin at Emily@ourclimate.us to be connected with our team on the ground.