National Press Release:
Citizens Across United States, Joined by International Allies, Demand World War II-Scale Climate Mobilization
“Mobilizers” call on elected leaders to immediately commence a national mobilization in response to the climate crisis on the scale of the American home-front mobilization during World War II, to reduce net greenhouse gas emissions 100% by 2025.
Hundreds of Americans in 15 cities across the United States, as well as allies in Mexico and France, called on governments to commence a WWII-scale mobilization in response to the threat of a civilization-destroying climate catastrophe on Sunday, June 14.
The diverse events, coordinated by an innovative new campaign called The Climate Mobilization, ranged from the simple — spreading a "Pledge to Mobilize” in a farmers market or a church coffee hour — to the elaborate. Rallies were held in Washington, D.C., Santa Cruz, and San Diego, where former Democratic Congressman Jim Bates reenacted Paul Revere’s Midnight Ride, heroically galloping on his steed through the streets and warning, “Climate change is coming! Mobilize!” When the 73-year-old retired congressman arrived in Balboa Park, more than 100 San Diegans greeted him for a midnight rally.
On Monday morning, Climate Mobilization organizers estimated that approximately 500 people participated in the U.S. events, though not all event organizers had submitted turnout counts by press time.
Many of the events were oriented towards conveying information about the climate crisis and the need for a WWII-scale mobilization of the American economy and society, to reduce net greenhouse gas emissions 100% by 2025.
Presentations, panel discussions, and teach-ins took place in cities across the country. Events were held in Portland, ME; New York, NY; Athens, GA; Jefferson City, MO; Minneapolis, MN; Tucson, AZ; Mountain View, CA; and Seattle, WA. A poetry slam and Pledge-signing session in Ann Arbor, MI, was delayed due to rain.
Just days before the release of the papal encyclical on the environment, faith leaders played a key role in the day’s events. Bishop George Kinney addressed the crowd in San Diego, and Buddhist monk Ven. Bhikku Bhodi addressed the New York City mobilizers. Two events were held in Unitarian churches and one at a Quaker meeting. Reverend Billy Talen of the Church of Stop Shopping preached mobilization at the New York City teach-in.
The Climate Mobilization’s Founder and Director Dr. Margaret Klein Salamon commended the first ever National Climate Mobilization Day.
“Mobilizers rose to the challenge and made these events their own,” Klein Salamon said. “Many had never organized a public event before. They brought the climate crisis and the need to mobilize firmly into the public sphere. It was a terrific day, and it’s just the beginning.”
More updates from local events:
Ethan Eynard gave a presentation at a local library in Jefferson, Missouri.
Ezra Silk organized a panel discussion on Mobilization in Portland, Maine.
New York City Mobilizers held a "teach-in," hearing speeches from Bhikku Bodhi, Ray Lewis, Margaret Klein Salamon, Mark Dunlea, Michael O'Neil and more. There were also performances from Reverend Billy and the Stop Shopping Choir.
More photos from NYC here, and videos of speakers:
Rallying for Mobilization in Washington, DC, in a march from the WWII memorial to the White House.
Rallying and marching in Santa Cruz, California. More photos at Indybay.
Tabling for Mobilization in Athens, Georgia.
A group of citizens in Playa del Carmen, Mexico, met to launch Movilización Contra el Cambio Climático, a Mexican group calling to reduce global net greenhouse gas emissions 100% by 2030, spearheaded by Dr. Cliff Cockerham, Mariana Garcia Solana of the Friends of the Maya Foundation A.C., and Río Secreto.