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.

A Clinton presidency buys us time to build a mass movement capable of delivering on the promise of our amendment to the Democratic Party platform; a Trump presidency slams the door shut.

We do not underestimate how tremendously difficult it will be to force a Clinton administration to commence a WWII-scale climate mobilization resembling the one outlined in the Victory Plan. That's why we have launched Climate Year and are ramping up a massive campaign with Russell Greene to create support for the climate emergency summit within every major sector of society in the coming months.

Furthermore, Bill McKibben is now calling for hundreds of thousands of people to take to the streets to demand that the Democrats follow through on our amendment to the party platform. Check it out:

And as a result, by staring them down, the platform, at the last minute, turned markedly more progressive. Among other things, there’s a call in there for an emergency climate summit within the first hundred days of a new administration, designed to—and it says this in the platform—mobilize us for something like a World War II approach to climate change. We’ll see if we can hold them to it. Clearly, it will take hundreds of thousands of people in the street, just like there were in New York two years ago this month.

Thanks for considering the arguments in this article. I believe it is our moral obligation to be strategic in the fight to save civilization. Please consider not just voting for Clinton, but organizing to ensure that she wins. 350 Action and NextGen Climate have created an easy way to organize for Clinton on a climate basis by calling and texting young people in swing states: you can sign up here.

I look forward to further organizing and mobilizing with you all in an America where we maintain some modicum of civil liberties and are free from the shackles of Donald Trump and fascism.


P.S. Check out the responses so far to the Victory Plan in our VP discussion forum. Please chime in!

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