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.
As I was wrapping up the the plan this week, I was absolutely thrilled to see Bill McKibben's full-throated manifesto for a WWII-scale mobilization published so prominently in The New Republic. It is fantastic to see Bill McKibben and 350.org embracing the need for a WWII-scale climate mobilization.
But while reading his piece, I was also struck by the chasm between the mobilization we call for and the one he describes. Suffice it to say, the Victory Plan looks almost revolutionary in comparison. Though that wasn't my intention, I believe that the goals we chose — restoring a safe, pre-industrial climate; halting the 6th mass extinction of species; and reversing ecological overshoot — are the source of this yawning gap.
In his foreword to the Victory Plan, our advisor Paul Gilding captures well the reasoning driving our approach:
The hard truth is the climate has deteriorated significantly since 2009 and this appears to be now accelerating. There is no time left for multi-decade transition scenarios. At this late hour targets based around 2050, or calls for only zero emissions (without drawdown and cooling), are clearly not sufficient. They risk an unthinkable defeat by putting off the very concrete steps we need today. That is why I am so pleased that The Climate Mobilization has written this Victory Plan. It tangibly demonstrates how the U.S. could eliminate net greenhouse gas emissions by 2025, contribute to a global effort to restore a safe climate and reverse ecological overshoot through a massive WWII-scale mobilization.
What do YOU think? I hope that you read the Victory Plan, contribute your thoughts by commenting on our Victory Plan discussion page, and share it widely. I believe that, together, we can imagine and plan the mobilization we need, and then work like hell to make it a reality.
Please also support The Climate Mobilization’s ongoing work to commence the mobilization! Since TCM is the heart of our operations — and the only place where we can really get into the shaping of electoral politics — we ask that you consider becoming a Mobilizer-Backer today.
We're thrilled to announce that the Climate Mobilization Project (CMP), our affiliated 501(c)(3) organization, is now accepting donations as well. CMP’s mission is to develop and advance a WWII-scale mobilization to restore a safe and stable climate. It supported the creation of this Victory Plan, and your generous support will allow us to continue to create such thought leadership moving into the next stage of the push for mobilization.