It’s Getting Hot in Here is the voice of a growing movement – a collection of voices from the student and youth leaders of the global movement to stop global warming. Originally created by youth leaders to allow youth to report from the International Climate Negotiations in Montreal in 2005, It’s Getting Hot in Here has since grown into a global online community with over 300 writers from countries around the world.
Publisher and Fiscal Sponsorship
It’s Getting Hot in Here is published by Fired Up Media, which provides the staff, technology, and infrastructure support to maintain It’s Getting Hot in Here as a global community media project for the youth climate movement. Fired Up Media incubates youth media projects and develops leadership in the fields of journalism and technology to report from the frontlines of climate change and inform a generation of the opportunities to rise to global climate and energy challenges. Fired Up Media also works to support independent youth climate media projects, such as YouthClimate.org, Check the Weather, and What’s With the Climate.
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Matt/Mattie got introduced to energy and climate work at Syracuse University, where he helped start a successful campaign to get the university to buy 20% clean renewable energy. At the time, this put SU amongst the top 25 renewable energy purchasers in the country. Mattie is focused on building the youth climate movement in Ohio, fighting proposed dirty energy facilities, and building campus-community solidarity. He has a degree in women’s studies and sociology and lives in Columbus, Ohio.
Matt likes to ride his bike around the San Francisco area, climb rocks, play soccer, wrestle with dogs, hit the drums, strum the guitar, eat yummy vegan food, and find ways to constructively challenge the social and ecological destruction capitalism presents us with. He spends his days working with Rainforest Action Network, Rising Tide North America, and Bay Rising Affinity Group.
While at the University of North Carolina, Liz led one of the first successful campus renewable energy campaigns in the southeast and won the Morris K. Udall scholarship in both 2002 & 2003. She organized the first Southeast Student Renewable Energy Conference April 2-4, 2004, to engage other Southern schools beyond UNC in energy and climate work. In the summer of 2004 she became a co-founding member of Energy Action Coalition, which she has been actively involved with since then. She is now co-chairing the Energy Action Coalition Steering Committee and coordinating the Southern Energy Network, which works with students in the Southeast on clean energy and climate initiatives as part of Energy Action Coalition’s Campus Climate Challenge. In late fall 2005, she attended the UN Climate Negotiations in Montreal and helped found http://www.itsgettinghotinhere.org.
Ash became a climate justice activist when he discovered that resource scarcity leads to armed conflict (Darfur, for example), in which innocent people (especially children) are hurt. These tragedies can be stopped before they start, but only if we act now. He grew up exposed to the wilderness of Utah and was instilled with a spiritual appreciation of nature for its own sake. He is a Co-Director of Peaceful Uprising, a nonprofit which empowers individuals to take direct action to defend a livable future; he hosts a progressive drive-time talk show called RadioActive on KRCL 90.9 fm, and he loves to walk around with his dog in Utah’s stunning canyon country. Ash has been a guest speaker and organizer at several international conferences, and got tossed in jail for the first time while standing with the impacted people of Appalachia against mountaintop removal coal mining in September. His weaknesses include buttery popcorn, smartphones, speed metal, cartoons and dancing to hippy jam bands. He’s been known to play (with) a guitar from time to time. He’ll tell you that fighting for what you believe is the only way to really live.
News & Media/Politics
Richard is a climate activist, social entrepreneur, and online journalist. He served as the Blogger/Online Campaigner for the Global Campaign for Climate Action (TckTckTck). A member of the international committee of the Online News Association, he is the founder of Fired Up Media which helps youth leaders from around the world tell their stories in the fight against global warming and for a more just and sustainable world. He is an Associate Producer with LinkTV’s EarthFocus, as well as a writer for sites such as Grist, Common Dreams, Environmental Graffiti, Climate Progress and SolveClimate. He served as Program Director for Global Environment & Youth Voice/Youth Vote 2008 for Americans for Informed Democracy, communications coordinator for the SustainUS delegation to the UN Climate Talks in Bali, 2007, and was a New Media Fellow for the Energy Action Coalition. He graduated from Macalester College with a B.A. in Asian and Environmental History, after founding the student group MacCARES and winning campaigns around green building, renewable energy investment, and energy conservation. He is an International YouthActionNet 2008 Fellow, and a Project Slingshot recipient. He thinks that young people can use new media to support the revolutionary change necessary to solve global warming and has told people that at the World Bank, UN, CNN, and other stuffy institutions. Richard loves to cook food from around the world, writes about it on Food with Fervor, and if you ask nicely, he might make you some.
Jesse Jenkins is an energy and climate policy analyst, advocate, and blogger. He is currently the Director of Energy and Climate Policy at the Breakthrough Institute in Oakland, California, where he works to develop and advance new energy solutions to power America’s future, secure our energy freedom, and halt global warming. He joined Breakthrough in June 2008 and previously directed the Breakthrough Generation fellowship program for young clean energy leaders. Jesse worked previously as a Research and Policy Associate at the Renewable Northwest Project in Portland, OR, helping to advance the development of the Pacific Northwest’s abundant renewable energy potential. A prolific author and blogger on clean energy issues, Jesse is the founder and chief editor of WattHead – Energy News and Commentary, a member of the blogger board at the Energy Collective and policy editor at Its Getting Hot In Here. Jesse is a co-founder of the youth-led Cascade Climate Network, a board member of Focus the Nation and a graduate of the Robert D. Clark Honors College at the University of Oregon.
United Nations & International Policy
Zoë is the co-author of Global Warming for Dummies. She is the Past President of Sierra Club Canada and the Climate Policy & Advocacy Specialist for WWF-Canada. She was a founding member of the Canadian Youth Climate Coalition and was the Atlantic Coordinator for the national Sustainable Campuses project. She attends United Nations Climate Change Conferences regularly and has ventured to Antarctica and the Arctic to educate students on climate change first-hand. Zoë has been named as one of the “Top 50 Green List” of leading environmentalists in Canada, and among “Global Citizens” in Vanity Fair’s Green Issue, and featured in ELLE magazine for her work on climate and energy. Follow @ZoeCaron
Anna founded the Australian Youth Climate Coalition in November 2006. The coalition unites a diversity of youth organisations to mobilise our generation in the struggle for climate justice and a clean energy future. A final year Arts/ Law student at the University of Sydney holding the University Scholarship with Distinction, Anna was a National Organiser for the National Union of Students in 2005 and is past National Convenor of the Australian Student Environment Network. She is a former editor of the Sydney University student paper, member of the United Nations Pacific Youth Environment Network, Sustainability Team Leader for Project Australia, and holds training sessions for young climate activists.
Jamie is the co-coordinator of 350.org, an international global warming campaign. A recent college graduate, he lives in San Francisco, CA. In 2007, he co-organized Step It Up, a campaign that pulled together over 2,000 climate rallies across the United States to push for strong climate action at the federal level. He’s also an early member of the youth climate movement, leading one of Energy Action’s first campaigns in 2005: Road to Detroit, a nationwide veggie-oil bus tour to promote sustainable transportation. He’s traveled to Montreal and Bali to lobby the UN with youth, but he’s a strong believer that change happens in the streets not in meetings. Jamie received the Morris K. Udall award in 2007 and has been recognized by the mighty state of Vermont for his work on climate change. You can also find him blogging at Campus Progress’ “Pushback,” Changents.com, and 350.org.
Christine became an organizer within the youth climate movement after spending the summer of 2006 in the Greenpeace Organizing Term. She spent her sophomore year at Elon University running a successful Campus Climate Challenge campaign for carbon neutrality as a Sierra Student Coalition Building Environmental Campus Communities Fellow. In the summer of 2007, she worked as the New Media Fellow of the Energy Action Coalition. By the fall, she’d decided to leave school and dedicate herself to the movement full time. She worked with students throughout North Carolina organizing the North Carolina Student Climate Coalition and spent time in DC with Energy Action coordinating multimedia production for Power Shift 2007. Christine now works from Nashville, as the Tennessee Campus Organizer for the Southern Alliance for Clean Energy and the Southern Energy Network. She feels privileged and honored to be working with the staff of SEN. She looks forward to helping build youth power for clean, safe, and just solutions to dirty energy and climate chaos. Christine is also a photographer who enjoys documenting youth climate events: www.flickr.com/christineirvine
Morgan is a fellow at the Avaaz Climate Action Factory and a recent graduate from Williams College. Morgan first got involved in the climate movement as a student wanting to take his campus group to the next level of activism. After helping out on the March to Re-Energize NH in 2007, Morgan was inspired to help start the Massachusetts Powershift campaign and served on the Sierra Student Coalition Campaign Committee. Since graduating, he has worked in a number of organizing roles and locales, doing everything from energy efficiency to voter registration to trainings for Chinese climate activists. Morgan currently does media work for the Action Factory in DC, looking for ways to amplify the climate actions of young people to a wider audience.
Juliana Williams began organizing on clean energy campaigns as a student at Whitman College. She was a youth delegate to the UN climate negotiations in Montreal in 2005 and was a co-founder of the Cascade Climate Network in 2007. Juliana recently worked as a Fellow at The Breakthrough Institute in Oakland, CA, where she explored the factors that drive cost reductions for clean energy technologies. Before that she was the Great Plains Organizer for the Sierra Student Coalition based in Des Moines, IA, mobilizing students in the Midwest around local and regional energy issues. She is currently pursuing a Master of Public Policy at the University of Maryland, with a focus on energy policy. Juliana writes at Solve Climate, WattHead and It’s Getting Hot In Here, and is finishing her first novel. Her poetry and short stories can be found on her personal blog, Bemusing Musings.