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Public Voices Fellowship on the Climate Crisis

Public Voices Fellowship on the Climate Crisis

The Public Voices Fellowship on the Climate Crisis, launched in 2020, is a collaboration between the YPCCC, The OpEd Project, and Ann MacDougall dedicated to developing diverse thought leadership addressing climate change. Those who are most impacted by the uneven effects of global warming are also the individuals who are most likely to see new solutions and envision a more just future. Based on this reality, the fellowship is offered to 20 exceptional individuals each year, most of whom are women and people of color. The partners are committed to hosting the fellowship for three years.

Fellows are provided with extraordinary support, leadership skills and knowledge to ensure their ideas shape the greatest and most urgent conversation of our age. They are immersed in a curriculum that explores concepts of leadership, power, and action in an unfair world. All fellows commit to publishing at least two written pieces of thought leadership (and hopefully many more) during the course of their fellowship. 

This Fellowship is part of The OpEd Project’s national Public Voices initiative to change who writes history. It is also part of YPCCC’s work to diversify and amplify the voices working to build public and political will for climate change action.

Information about the inaugural class can be found here

The second cohort of fellows, announced in April 2021, can be found here.


Selected thought leadership by the 2021 fellows

Reducing Healthcare Sector’s Greenhouse Gas Emissions, Yale Climate Connections, September 30, 2021

The Climate Crisis is a Health Crisis,, September 13, 2021

Big Oil Needs to Take Responsibility for Climate Change—I Did, World War Zero, July 7, 2021

Bills Banning Critical Race Theory Also Threaten Climate Education, Grist, June 17, 2021

Carbon Removal Can and Must Be Part of the Climate Justice Agenda, The Hill, May 25, 2021

What Liz Cheney Got Wrong — About Climate Change, The Hill, May 18, 2021


Selected thought leadership by the 2020 fellows:

As a Black Climate Activist, Racism Gets in My Way, Grist, May 5, 2021

Climate Policy is Important, but the Bigger Challenge is Cultural Change, The Hill, April 14, 2021

The Truth Behind Companies’ ʻNet Zero’ Climate Commitments, The Hill, April 9, 2021

Florida Can’t Build Higher Seawalls Forever. State Leaders Must Encourage Renewable Energy, Miami Herald, March 22, 2021

Oil and Gas Investors Need to Start Asking Tough Questions, Barron’s, March 4, 2021

No Shelter From the Storms, The Progressive, March 2, 2021

The Fed Needs More Flexibility to Act More Equitably, The Hill, January 27, 2021

Young People Can Do More Than Organize. We Can Also Help Make Climate Policy, Grist, January 21, 2021

I used to mull when to have children. Now I ask if I should have them, USA Today, December 22, 2020

Acknowledging Indigenous Land is the First Step in Taking Better Care of It, Grist, October 12, 2020

Young Evangelicals are Defying Their Elders’ Politics, CNN, September 29, 2020

Climate Crisis – A Bright Light in the Dark, The Hill, September 24, 2020

7 Ways You’re Already Paying for Climate Change, Barron’s, September 13,  2020

How Likely is it for Children to Spread Coronavirus? BBC, August 29, 2020

What Climate Change Does to the Human Body, Scientific American, August 29, 2020

In Louisiana, Grief Surges With Another Storm. So Does Hope. Grist, August 28, 2020

This Election is Bigger Than Our Generation or Even Our Country, Grist, August 18, 2020

Send Bond Covenants into Battle Against Climate Change, Financial Times, August 17, 2020