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The Mobilization?

CLIMATE CHANGE threatens the
collapse of civilization within
this century.
Confronting this crisis is the
great moral imperative
of our time.
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We Demand a Government-led Mobilization to Restore a Safe Climate

We call for a government-coordinated mobilization of our economy and society to end US net emissions by 2025.

The hour is far too late for a gradual, multi-decade transition off of fossil fuels. We need to transition off fossil fuels and carbon intensive agriculture NOW and start removing excess C02 from the atmosphere.

The WWII homefront mobilization provides an excellent example of how the United States can achieve incredible things when we pursue an essential national mission.

We Call for Full Employment and Fair, Shared Sacrifice

The Climate Crisis demands an all-hands-on-deck response—all sectors, individuals, and institutions doing their part. This was accomplished during the WWII homefront mobilization—soldiers risked their lives, industry shifted to produce armaments rather than consumer goods, and universities worked with the government to produce cutting edge research across fields.

To protect vulnerable workers we call for a job guarantee—that anyone who wants to serve their country and global community by participating directly in the climate mobilization will have that opportunity.

Further, mobilization calls on individuals to sacrifice as well. As in WWII we believe that sacrifice should be shared equitably. During WWII for example, gas, tires, meat, sugar, stockings and razorblades were rationed.

We Demand a Rapid Transformation of Our Energy & Agricultural Systems

We call for a ban on new investment in the fossil fuel infrastructure and a scheduled early retirement of existing fossil fuel infrastructure and facilities. We call for the closing of all US fossil fuel production and consumption by 2025, and globally by 2030.

In order to meet America's energy needs, and to help the world meet theirs, we call for a massive scale-up of renewable energy production. The government will partner with existing businesses to scale up production and also will also partner with universities and private companies to continue research into improving renewable energy.

Agricultural production needs to be intensely localized-- emphasizing  growing food at home and at community gardens. Permaculture practices must be utilized on large and small farms. As in World War II, we believe meat and fish consumption should be limited.

We Call on Politicians to Pledge to Mobilize

We are inviting all of our elected representatives and candidates to Pledge to Mobilize, and we are building power in our communities in order to pressure them to do so. Vice Magazine called the Pledge to Mobilize, “likely the most ambitious pledge to fight climate change put forward this election cycle”.

A group of courageous elected leaders and candidates have already signed the Pledge to Mobilize.

News & Updates:

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    Hillary Takes a Stand on the Climate Crisis — Will She Go All the Way?

    On Tuesday, Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton delivered a major speech about climate change at a campaign rally in Miami with former Vice President Al Gore. Here's our take.
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    A Pathway to WWII-scale Climate Mobilization Through the 2016 Election

    Fellow Mobilizers, I have a new article published in CommonDreams today about the election. I would be honored if you read it: The Climate Emergency & The Election: A Pathway to WWII-scale Mobilization. Here's my bottom line: I think our climate mobilization movement is toast under a Donald J. Trump presidency. With Jill Stein sinking in the polls, I believe our only hope for delivering a climate mobilization within the next year is under a Hillary Clinton administration.
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    Celebrating Two Years of Climate Mobilization!

    Allies, The Climate Mobilization is 2 years old! Our “birthday” or “launch anniversary” was actually last week, 9/21 — but we've been so busy, we barely noticed.  In the past 2 years, we have succeeded in turning WWII-scale climate mobilization from a “hidden consensus” into a mainstream political idea. WWII-scale climate mobilization is now on the Democratic Party platform, advocated by Bill McKibben, and championed by dedicated Mobilizers all over the country. But of course, all of these successes are not enough — we have a ways to go yet in building the mass movement we all need.
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    Climate Year: Give One Year to Save Civilization

    Allies, we are thrilled to announce our new Climate Year program. As part of our developing new strategy to ensure that the U.S. federal government launches a WWII-scale climate mobilization by July 4, 2017, to restore a safe climate, we are looking for brilliant, talented, dedicated people who want to fight for civilization and the natural world on a full-time basis.
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    Unravelling the myth of a "carbon budget" for 1.5C

    [Re-posted from Climate Code Red. Our ally David Spratt, climate myth-buster of the Breakthrough National Centre for Climate Restoration, takes a hard look at the latest research. Contrary to what's often reported, there's no "carbon budget" left for safety.]
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    Introducing the Climate Mobilization Victory Plan! (with Foreword by Paul Gilding)

    Since launching The Climate Mobilization, we have often been asked to explain specifically what a WWII-scale mobilization to restore a safe climate and save civilization would actually entail. Understanding the need to answer this question in greater detail, we decided it was imperative that I withdraw from my role coordinating TCM organizing efforts earlier this year and do just that. I spent a great deal of time reading books by leading thinkers on solutions to the climate emergency and the ecological crisis. I also consulted with experts in a range of fields and attempted to outline a set of broad policies and approaches that, if delivered, would give us a fighting chance to save civilization and protect the natural world.The result is draft one of The Climate Mobilization Victory Plan.
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    It’s Official: Democratic Party Calls for WWII-Scale National Mobilization to Combat "Global Climate Emergency"

    Party Platform Also Commits Hillary Clinton to Convening Climate Summit During First 100 Days PHILADELPHIA – In a historic first, the Democratic Party has officially embraced the need for a WWII-scale national mobilization to combat the global climate emergency. Passed by a floor voice vote of the full Democratic Convention on Monday, the Democratic platform declares a “global climate emergency,” acknowledges “the catastrophic consequences facing our country, our planet, and civilization,” and commits to “a national mobilization, and to leading a global effort to mobilize nations to address this threat on a scale not seen since World War II.”  
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    15 Cities Demonstrate on Climate Mobilization Day!

    On July 10, Mobilizers around the country hosted events -- presentations, rallies, flotillas, and more -- to spread the word about the climate emergency and need for mobilization. Here are some of the pictures!
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    Leading the Public Into Emergency Mode: A New Strategy For the Climate Movement

    Climate Mobilization Founder and Director, Margaret Klein Salamon, lays out her strategy for the climate movement. Based on psychology, anthropology, and history, this essay offers a new, compelling perspective on an absolutely critical topic.                    
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    Mobilizers Denounce Climate Agreement as “Historic” Failure at United Nations Signing Ceremony

    By Ezra Silk and Margaret Klein Salamon NEW YORK – As establishment civil society groups and politicians gathered Friday morning to cheer the signing of the Paris Agreement as an “historic” achievement that will avert global catastrophe, a group of climate emergency protesters staged a “mass death” and collapse scenario outside the United Nations to demonstrate the reality of the future the agreement locks in.
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Saving civilization will take a massive mobilization, and at wartime speed. The closest analogy is the belated U.S. mobilization during World War II.

Lester Brown

Earth Policy Institute President &
former USDA global issues specialist