Climate XChange was founded in 2013 by a group of concerned citizens frustrated by the lack of progress in the fight against climate change and seeking effective and viable policy solutions to reduce carbon emissions.
Inspired by the great success of British Columbia’s carbon pricing law, and by the support for carbon pricing among economists across the political aisle, we decided to focus on market-based solutions to the climate crisis. Our starting point: researching the impact of carbon pricing on the Massachusetts economy and writing legislation to implement it in the state.
We have since grown from an organization of two working around a kitchen table to something much bigger. Our offices now occupy the second and third floors of Old West Church, a two-hundred-year-old Revolutionary building located on the back side of historic Beacon Hill. As our organization has grown, so has our staff, our aspirations, and most importantly, our impact.
For this reason, in 2016 we merged with the Climate Action Business Association to include local business voices into the conversation and cultivate actionable tools when it comes to resilience building and climate advocacy.
We also acquired the State Carbon Pricing Network, a platform designed to enable nascent state-level carbon-pricing campaigns across the country to share “best practices.” Our reach has now spread across the nation, with campaigns emerging in 10 states, as well as Washington D.C.
We have created an international audience and expanded our content, now hosting a podcast, video series, policy analysis and editorials. We believe that staying informed is critical for amplifying action on climate change, which is why we strive to make this easier.
Earlier this year we launched our podcast, Cooler Earth, which has amassed over 3,000 downloads from countries across the globe.
We have also earned accreditation to attend the United Nations Conference of Parties for the UNFCCC, which we attend each year, bringing with us a message of commitment to international climate goals.
In pursuing our mission to help businesses take targeted action on climate change, we launched our Businesses Acting on Rising Seas in 2016. In the first year we reached over 500 businesses that were at risk of flooding due to climate change, the campaign led to the White House recognizing our Executive Director Michael Green, by presenting him the Champions of Change for Climate Equity Award. In our 2018 campaign, we have expanded our reach to 11 communities, and created written resilience guides in four languages.
At a time when our federal government remains stagnant on climate action, states have the opportunity to make bold policy decisions that will bolster the well-being of communities and the economy. By providing policymakers and advocates the cutting-edge research and knowledge they need, we can work together to ignite a clean energy revolution and establish a stronger energy foundation for our economy.