We at The Climate Mobilization were not expecting a President Trump. His election shows us that this country is desperate for change, but is still deeply in denial about the truth of the climate emergency.
Our organizing plans for the upcoming year were centered around realizing the promises in the Democratic Party Platform of a first 100-days climate emergency summit and a WWII-scale climate mobilization. We are in the process of updating our strategy in light of the drastically altered political situation, and will be in touch very soon with draft strategies for going forward. Our general mandate to spread the truth of the climate crisis and organize power behind the demands for emergency mobilization will remain at the core of our movement.
We have always known we needed to accomplish an almost unthinkable transformation. We believe that, if anything, this election shows that we live in a time when old rules increasingly do not apply, in which the seemingly unthinkable is possible.
We have spoken and written before about how crises change morality. When the future of all life on earth is at stake, it's not enough to be a good, law abiding individual. Our moral duty is to respond and to rescue as much precious life as humanly possible. We must challenge ourselves to find the most effective course of action to protecting civilization and the natural world, and then to devote as much of our time, energy, and resources to this cause as we can.
We have spent the past two years using the World War II home front mobilization as an analogy for how we, as a nation, could respond to this catastrophe. Today, we remember why that war was fought in the first place; how the American people summoned the courage to fight fascism. We meditate on the dangers of taking a backseat in times of moral crisis.
We do not know what the coming years will bring. But this election has demonstrated the danger of a collective failure of imagination. We cannot be prepared to fight what we do not believe can happen. This is true both of the potential for climate-induced civilizational collapse as well as the election of a fascist president in 21st century America.
As our mentor Fred Branfman wrote in 2012:
Millions of rational Americans will increasingly face a fundamental question in the coming decade: 'Can I live with myself if I fail to engage politically, however hopeless it may seem, to try and save both human civilization from global climate change and the U.S. economy and democracy at home?' This means you. This means I. If enough of us decide individually to commit to acting politically, our species will be saved. If not it won’t.
Please sign this statement if you are resolved to continue and deepen this struggle. Let your friends and family who are anguished and don’t know where their voices will be heard in this extreme time know that they can take a stand with us, too. We need to know who else is ready to take action as soon as our new strategy is further developed.
Never forget the feeling you have today. Let it re-double your resolve to rescue our democracy and our world. But remember that service needs more than grief, outrage or anger to sustain it. Rather, as Martin Luther King, Jr. said, “to serve you need only a heart full of grace. A soul generated by love.”
With deep respect and gratitude for you all--
Margaret, Ezra, Nicole, Ashik, Greg, Anya and the entire Climate Mobilization team