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Fall Undergraduate Class: Labor and the Climate Crisis

This course is open to interested students, labor and climate activists with at least a High School Diploma or GED. Students can email david.unger@cuny.edu or call 212-642-2011 for more information about registration and fees.

Taught by Lara Skinner, Ph.D.

URB451 Special Topics in Urban Studies – Labor and the Climate Crisis
Wednesdays 6:15 – 9:35 pm @ Cornell Conference Center

How can the labor movement and others best respond to the climate crisis? How can unions work to protect both the environment and good jobs? This class will give students a foundation in the scientific, social, and political aspects of the looming crisis. Students will explore how they can more effectively engage their unions, movement activism, and scholarship in efforts to protect the environment and our future.

Instructor: Lara Skinner, Ph.D., Associate Director of The Worker Institute at Cornell and Co-Chair of the Institute’s Labor Leading on Climate Initiative. Skinner has worked for unions doing campaign research and policy development since 1999. She began her career in labor working with Oregon’s Farmworkers Union (Pineros y Campesinos Unidos del Noroeste) and as an active member of the Graduate Teaching Fellows Federation, Local 3544. Skinner’s current research, writing, and labor education work focuses on increasing the role of unions and working people in addressing the environmental and climate crises and building a powerful, inclusive movement for climate and economic justice.

Registration for the class will open soon! Students must register through CUNYFirst. For more information on registering using CUNYFirst, call Orson Barzola at 212-340-2871. Registration is on a first-come basis, and is limited to 25 students.

Photo by Joe Brusky via flickr (CC-BY-NC)

National Field Organizer

U.S. Climate Plan is hiring for a 6-month full-time National Field Organizer, with possibility of longer-term employment.

The National Field Organizer will help build power for the youth climate justice movement by supporting a grassroots constituency of young people who understand that tackling the global climate crisis will require bold government action from the United States. This will primarily be through organizing related to U.S. Climate Plan’s Future Power initiative to transform the millennial generation’s passive support for climate action to active support for policy changes that match the scale of the challenge. We aim to support state-level campaigns for ambitious climate action, help build statewide and national networks of youth climate activists, leverage crucial political opportunities in the coming years, elevate climate change to a priority issue in key states, shift the public narrative around climate and energy, and build pressure for national action.


  • Support student and youth climate activists around the country with organizing and training through our Future Power initiative
  • Empower millennial climate activists to create uncompromised visions of the energy systems and communities they want to see
  • Train leaders in social movement theory, campaign strategy, action planning, anti-oppression, non-violent direct action, coalition building, promotion, recruitment, and more
  • Identify and develop youth leadership
  • Support local, state, and national network infrastructure
  • Help build national, state, community, and campus power for the youth climate movement
  • Cultivate relationships with public officials at the local, state, and national level
  • Represent U.S. Climate Plan to the public and in the media


  • Passionate about working for solutions to the climate challenge
  • Experience running grassroots community organizing or political campaigns
  • Events and action planning
  • Ability to plan and facilitate trainings; experience as a facilitator and trainer
  • Strong interpersonal skills with the ability to develop trusting, productive relationships with staff, partners, and activists
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills
  • Ability to work independently and within a team to meet goals
  • Willingness to work more than 40 hours per week and unconventional hours
  • Willingness to travel
  • Experience working with diverse communities
  • Provide your own laptop and cell phone

Desired (but not required) skills and experiences:

  • Experience with direct action organizing
  • Experience with student organizing on college campuses
  • Training development and delivery
  • Digital organizing, social media, and online to offline organizing
  • Grassroots fundraising and grantwriting

Position type: Full-time, salary

Start date: ASAP (negotiable)

Compensation: $2,500/month

Location: Flexible. (Washington, DC preferred)

Application instructions: Please send a résumé, cover letter, and contact info for 2 organizing references to info@usclimateplan.org with “National Field Organizer” in the subject line.

About U.S. Climate Plan:

U.S. Climate Plan was formed in June of 2013 in response to President Obama’s Climate Action Plan to build support and draw attention to the need for comprehensive energy policy solutions grounded in scientific demands — not politics. We are working to build a movement of people who understand that tackling the global climate crisis requires bold federal action from the United States. We seek to activate the people who share our vision for a just and beautiful world in order to shift the public narrative in our country and create the political will necessary to secure ambitious, comprehensive, and just national climate legislation and policy.

U.S. Climate Plan is a 501(c)3 non-profit and an equal opportunity employer. We strongly encourage people of color, indigenous people, women, LGBTQ, and members of other marginalized groups to apply.

Labor & the Climate Justice Movement at Murphy

On Friday, Oct 31st, the New Labor Forum hosted Bill McKibben, Jill Furillo, Chris Erikson, Estela Vazquez and Sean Sweeney to discuss labor and the climate justice movement. Check out some of the conversation here:



Want more from the New Labor Forum? Come to one of our upcoming events.

The next Labor and Policy Forum will be held on November 14th. Look forward to a discussion about the 2014 Midterm Elections, featuring Ed Ott, Sarah Jaffe, Juan Gonzalez Errol Louis and Michael Hirsch.