What Is The Affected Generation?
The Affected Generation is a group founded by two inspiring youth Charlie Abrams and Jeremy Clark. We started this organization to get other youth voices heard in our fight for the political side of climate change. Based in Oregon our goal is to get a Carbon Cap and Trade on our beautiful state to effectively and efficiently stop only the highest polluters to get them to switch to clean renewable energy and join the Coal to Clean movement.
Our generation is feeling the drastic changes of climate change and that is why we need to step up and act out. We are the Affected Generation and we are making a difference.
Who we are
We are Charlie Abrams and Jeremy Clark and since the fourth grade, we have been passionate about fighting climate change. Our work has changed in the past six years as so has our story. We started out on our local radio station and immediately got the attention of others like the founders of Our Climate. Through speaking and working with them we got introduced to the political side of climate change and grew apart of others like Renew Oregon and Citizens Climate Lobby. CCL showed us what it was like to lobby on the other side of the country in Washington D.C. and through Renew we have lobbied, testified, met with our governor and worked alongside our elected officials. All this action caught the attention of awards like the Children’s Climate Prize in Stockholm Sweden, the Youth Eco Hero Prize, and international youth summits. In just sixth grade Charlie testified in front of his public school board and ended up getting climate change taught as a man-made fact in Portland Public Schools to over 60,000 kids while Jeremy’s video of him testifying later that year went viral and was on Leonardo DiCaprio’s Instagram. Our personal goals now are not just to inspire and educate others but to see our effects in the legislation that our states and country need to implement. We try to capitalize youth voice in such an important issue because the time for action is now.
In fourth grade education and inspiration were our largest goals, we made a blog to share the science behind climate change from the “Affected Generation’s Perspective”. We've spoke out as much we could from public events to assemblies at our own school. Not long after, we wanted to have more of an impact, so every year of middle school we decided to take real action lobbying, testifying and speaking out. Our 6th 7th and 8th-grade years we worked with climate organizations around Oregon at our state capitol. There has never been a more urgent time to join the carbon pricing movement, every 1 in 5 states in the US alone are using effective carbon pricing legislation and we have seen how well it works. Clean Energy Jobs is the carbon cap and trade bill for Oregon that has been 11 years in the making. To get it to pass this year we need as much youth as possible to get the affected generation's voice heard. We do not have any more time to wait because our future is on the line.
Take action with us
Last year the Oregon Capitol had the largest turnout for an environmental issue in the history of our state. This not only shows how important a carbon price is for Oregon but puts pressure on our politicians. This legislative session we need as much youth as possible, in every meeting we have been in with our state or country’s representatives our voice has stood out because they are not used to hearing a 14-year-old’s view on climate legislation and every single word we say leaves more of an impact. You are alive at a critical time where your voice can change the fate of Oregon and our future. We have seen the effects of climate change on the news below the “Record Breaking” title and we know this has not occurred in history because this is creating history. Our generation, the Affected Generation has the opportunity to advocate for action in Oregon to be an environmental leader again. We need the largest youth voice Oregon has seen to show how much this matters to us. We need you to join us this year to demand a sustainable climate for all.
Created with images by JuergenPM - "tree field cornfield nature landscape sky clouds" • Boyan Lepoev - "Deep Ice on the Perito Moreno glacier" • Austin Neill - "untitled image" • Jeremy Bishop - "Lost in Hawaii" • Jeremy Bishop - "Yosemite Valley" • SD-Pictures - "industry sunrise air" • Andy Feliciotti (@someguy) - "United States Capitol on Sunny Day"