Washington, D.C. – Today, Generation Progress and The Years Project joined to launch a campaign to amplify the voices of young people on the front lines of climate change. The campaign’s participants are pledging to be climate voters in 2018.
A new website, BeAClimateVoter.org, will highlight voices of young people from across the country who are experiencing the impacts of climate change and motivated to act. Nine millennial and Gen Z voters from Florida, California, and Ohio, will be featured in the launch of the campaign:
- Kilan B., is a 26-year-old PhD student at the University of Miami. She became engaged with environmental justice when she noticed there were not a lot of people of color at the forefront of the climate activist community, which motivated her to join the board of the City of Miami’s Sea Level Rise Committee.
- Christian A., is an 18-year-old Cuban and Puerto Rican-American resident of Miami. Right before the hurricane season last year, he went to Puerto Rico to visit and connect with relatives he never knew he had. But once Hurricane Maria hit with devastating results, he didn’t hear from his family for three weeks.
- Cory B., is a 22-year-old student and former wildland firefighter. After graduating high school in 2015, Cory – a native of Great Falls, Mont. – set out on a unique path. He became a wildland firefighter and fought five fires across the Western United States before starting his college studies in climate change science.
- Delaney R., is an 18-year-old marine biology student at the University of Miami. She is the Founder and CEO of The Sink or Swim Project, an educational and political advocacy organization that teaches kids in Miami about climate change.
- Sarah Y., is an 18-year-old originally from Hawaii, who currently resides in Los Angeles. At Occidental College, she is the associate director of the Food Energy and Sustainability Team and is on the Public Relations Team. She strives to reduce her carbon footprint in every facet of her life, but knows that voting is the number one way to take climate action.
- Troy S. (35), Noé R. (20), and Justin M. (21), are students at Bakersfield College in California and the developers of the Kern Air Project, an app that provides air quality reports to local residents and allows them to contact their elected officials on bad air days. They won the 2018 Bakersfield College hackathon for their app and are climate voters because extreme heat and oil drilling are making air pollution worse in their hometown.
- Bryn B., is a 34-year-old military navy wife, mother, and co-owner, of Bird’s Haven Farms, a family-owned farm in Granville, Ohio. Throughout her lifetime, she’s seen the impacts of climate change on the farm and is concerned about what farming will be like when her daughters are old enough to take over.
- John R., is a 28-year-old farmer, small business owner, and biodiesel producer from Wellsville, Ohio. He is the owner of Fall Creek Farm and previously held jobs in energy development. Growing up in Appalachia, John knows that renewable energy technologies could reinvigorate the local economy.
For more information or to speak with an expert, contact Giovanni Rocco at firstname.lastname@example.org or 202.478.6348