Extraordinary times require extraordinary action. With the accelerating climate crisis and President Trump’s assault on environmental regulations and decision to abandon the Paris climate accord, we are expanding our work to empower public officials everywhere to leverage our collective power to protect our communities. Our initiative is empowering elected officials across the United States to raise the bar for climate leadership and boldly transitioning away from fossil fuels to clean energy.
Led by a team of local and state officials across the country, we are building a bipartisan rapid-response network of state and local elected officials for climate change and environmental justice. Building on national partnerships that organized 350+ state senators, mayors, and elected officials from 46 states in 3 weeks to call for 100% clean energy at the Paris climate talks (www.protectingamerica.net), we are modeled on the wildly successful initiative Elected Officials to Protect New York, which organized more than 1,000 elected officials to ban fracking and advance clean energy in New York State (www.nyelectedofficials.org) and has garnered over 200 media hits.
Expanding from coast to coast, in 2018 we launched Elected Officials to Protect California, with more than 250+ officials from 35 counties calling on former Governor Jerry Brown to phase out fossil fuel production statewide (www.caelectedofficials.org), which was covered in 80 media stories. At the Katowice U.N. climate talks in December, we launched a national letter from 300 state representatives, mayors, and elected officials calling for a Green New Deal and end to fossil fuels, which was covered in CNN, Huffington Post exclusive, and national radio.
Stewardship. We believe it is the responsibility of our elected officials, who take a constitutional oath of office to protect the general welfare, to represent and act to secure the common, long-term interests of all who they represent, including marginalized peoples, children, future generations, and all life.
Responsibility to act. When a problem threatens the public welfare, it is the responsibility of our elected officials to step up and lead a solution to that problem. The consequences of failing to address the ecological emergency are so severe that it threatens our survival as a nation.
Collective leadership. When a problem crosses jurisdictional boundaries, our elected officials must come together to provide collective leadership to solve the problem. Our elected officials must provide the collective leadership necessary to protect our people and communities and restore our environment and democracy.
We are seeking highly motivated, dedicated, and passionate changemakers to assist with a variety of projects in the startup phase, including research, outreach, strategy, partnerships, fundraising, and communications. If you want to contribute to a high-leverage start-up campaign and make a national difference, this fellowship is for you.
• Passion and experience in environment, energy, civic engagement, and/or public policy issues;
• Solid problem solving skills;
• Strong interpersonal, written, and verbal communication skills;
• Ability to work remotely, efficiently, and reliably meet deadlines; arrange your schedule and hours;
• Zest, grit, hope, love, social intelligence, gratitude, and a sense of humor;
• Proficiency with Google Docs and Sheets;
• Experience in organizing, campaigns, or policy is an asset.