August 2020 Newsletter
MAYE Corps News
Join us in welcoming our new members to the team! It is our pleasure to announce that the following have joined our team: Jessica DeMarco-Jacobson, Carolyn Rice, Yushi Chen, Mary Chen, Alyssa Quinlan, and Dakota Mitchell. We are excited to have such great individuals join MAYE Corps! Check out their bios here.
Say hello to our new Climate Reality Leaders!
MAYE Corps team members Unwanna Etuk, Brittany Judson, Marisol Mendez, Lisset Rojo Ramirez, Gwyn Rush, Jo Studdard, and Kathryn Turnbull completed the Climate Reality Global Training this month! Lisset, one of our PR Developers, said the following: “The Climate Reality Training has taught me how to effectively present climate-related facts and make sure that individual stories are being shared and heard. I'm excited to have made virtual connections not only in my community but also around the world and be able to implement what I've learned so far at MAYE Corps!”
Our members were trained in climate science, communications, and community organizing to better tell the story of climate change and inspire communities to act. In addition, they were able to hear amazing speakers from over the world and network with other youth leaders. “Participating in the first-ever global Climate Reality training has been an uplifting experience that has emboldened me on my climate activism journey,” said Jo Studdard, another one of our PR Developers. “During this training, I have obtained a deeper understanding of my personal climate story, which I know will be an essential tool in my advocacy for our planet’s future. Even though the pandemic has in-person gatherings on pause, being able to commune with local and international climate leaders in this online space allowed me to see the sheer vastness of this movement we are taking part in.”
The leadership training became virtual this year due to the Covid-19 pandemic. There were over 10,000 people all over the world registered for the program. Members were able to attend various workshops ranging from digital media, coalition building, digital lobbying and much more. Unwanna Etuk, an Education and Outreach Developer, had this to say about the training: “The Climate Reality Global Training was one of the highlights of my summer. I loved the wide array of content and how the different tracks could benefit both veteran and new climate activists. Moreover, I appreciated how the training acknowledged that we're all just regular people, who experience things like nervousness, but that we have the strength and tools to change the world despite that.”
Due to the high interest in the training, the Climate Reality Project will be hosting a second virtual training from August 28th to September 3. If interested, register here.
Featured UU talk about MAYE Corps
Last week, PR Coordinator, Gwyn Rush, spoke to the Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Columbus, Georgia about MAYE Corps. She discussed energy equity, energy burdens in Georgia, and what we can do about it. Watch her speak here!
@wetheplugtho campaign & voting pledge
This summer, “We the Plug Tho” Campaign sought to create accountability across the Georgia Public Service Commission (PSC). The campaign focuses on serving Black, Brown, POC, and working-class energy and gas ratepayers. In June, the PSC voted to allow gas companies to resume utility shut-offs during a pandemic
Later this year, two PSC seats are up for re-election. Take the pledge now to show the PSC that you will be voting in November!
August 12: Partnership for Southern Equity Summer Southeast Youth Chat & Chews
Join the Partnership for Southern Equity in their third installment of the KTSE Summer Southeast Chat & Chews series: “Hella Deep: Wisdom with a Community Leader”
Special Guest: Nathaniel Smith, Chief Equity Officer of Partnership for Southern Equity. In this last installment of the series, youth leaders will be able to share some inspiring stories of the good they have seen and the changes that are already being born. Additionally, we will all hear from Nathaniel Q. Smith, the Founder and Chief Equity Officer of Partnership for Southern Equity as he imparts some wisdom on us all to go forth and be the change we want to see in the world.