Bernie: Champion a WWII-scale Mobilization to Restore a Safe & Stable Climate!

The Climate Mobilization is a grassroots organization dedicated to initiating a WWII-scale mobilization that protects civilization and the natural world from the onrushing climate catastrophe. At the Iowa Climate Emergency Caucus we held on Jan. 29, Senator Bernie Sanders was chosen in landslide (with 67 percent of the vote) as the best presidential candidate to tackle the climate emergency.[1] Many of our members also strongly support Senator Sanders and encouraged us to write a petition calling on him to champion a WWII-scale climate mobilization.  

Update: 3.14.16, Senator Sanders used the metaphor of a WWII-scale Climate Mobilization at a town hall! Thank you Senator--- this is a terrific step forward. We hope that Sanders moves his actual plan to a WWII-scale advocacy, and also recognizes that emissions must be eliminated and not reduced at emergency speed.

Senator Sanders,

Your presidential campaign has transformed the public discussion of the American economy and mobilized an entire generation to save the middle class and our democracy.

Your statements and actions, including your opposition to fracking, indicate that you understand the gravity of the global climate emergency. For those reasons, among many others, we believe you are prepared to shoulder the monumental task of rapidly transforming America in order to avert a climate catastrophe.

While we are very excited by your candidacy for president, we are writing to ask you to strengthen your climate advocacy. Your “People Before Polluters” climate plan is very strong in the context of contemporary politics. Unfortunately, it is not powerful or fast enough to protect us from the accelerating climate disaster.

Your emissions reduction timeline — reducing our nation’s greenhouse gas emissions 80 percent by 2050 — is too slow to protect the American people and the people of the world from climate chaos. In February, a leading climate scientist and advisor to Pope Francis warned that the poorest 3 billion people on the planet would suffer from “major disasters” in the next ten to fifteen years if we do not take “drastic” actions immediately.[2] Further, your plan relies too heavily on a modest, gradually rising carbon tax, which cannot accomplish the heavy lifting needed to transform our economy to net zero greenhouse gas emissions at the speed required to avert collapse.

The truth is that we have already warmed the earth too much, there is no “carbon budget” left to burn, and we have years – not decades – left to drive the economy to net zero greenhouse gas emissions.[3] We ask that you embrace the growing consensus among leading climate policy experts that America must enlist in a global, WWII-scale mobilization to restore a safe and stable climate.

A growing number of world-renowned climate analysts and environmental leaders, including Lester Brown, George Woodwell, Ove Hoegh-Guldberg, Yeb Saño, David Suzuki, Mark Ruffalo, and Winona LaDuke, agree that we must build a net zero greenhouse gas emissions U.S. economy by 2025 – which could very well be the end of your second term.[4]

This will require regulations that compel a scheduled, permanent phase-out of all fossil fuel power stations and fossil fuel transportation infrastructure – as well as all fossil fuel exploration, mining, and processing operations – by 2025.

It will also require a full-employment, government-led mobilization to convert the entire economy to net zero greenhouse gas emissions – including the energy, agriculture, forestry, manufacturing, building, and transportation sectors. Since we have already overshot the safe level of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere, we must also invest in a massive global drawdown effort that safely removes the excess carbon dioxide from the atmosphere that has accumulated since the Industrial Revolution.

Undoubtedly, like the all-hands-on-deck American home front mobilization of the 1940s, the Climate Mobilization we need will require hard work and shared sacrifice. But this time around, we’ll need to do a much better job welcoming refugees and protecting all Americans’ civil liberties.

In recent months, you have generated immense goodwill from the American people with your steadfast advocacy for a fair economy. We urge you to sign the Pledge to Mobilize (full text here) and to champion a WWII-scale climate mobilization that can save millions of species and billions of innocent people from extermination.

Thank you for giving so many of us hope for a future we can all believe in,


Kat Baumgartner, Organizer, Bernie Sanders for President 2016

Ryan Brill, Co-Founder, The Climate Mobilization

Derek Casady, President, La Jolla Democratic Club; Founder, San Diego Climate Mobilization Coalition

Nancy Casady, General Manager, Ocean Beach People’s Organic Food Market

Rebecca Claassen, Co-Founder, 350 Santa Barbara

John Davis, Iowa Climate Advocate, Bernie Sanders for President 2016

John Ellis, Founder,

Grace Feldmann, Founder & Lead Organizer, Santa Barbara County for Bernie 2016

John Foran, Professor of Sociology, University of California Santa Barbara; Co-Director, The International Institute of Climate Action and Theory

Mary Lupien, Delegate, 25th Congressional District of New York; Steering Committee Member, Monroe County for Bernie Sanders

Abigail McHugh-Grifa, Ph.D., Founder & Lead Organizer, Rochester Climate Action

Per K. Hoel, Co-Founder, Santa Barbara County for Bernie 2016

Michael Hoexter, Research Scholar, Binzagr Institute for Sustainable Prosperity

Patrick Mazza, Sustainable Solutions Co-Facilitator, 350 Seattle; Member, Delta 5 Direct Action Team

Susan Hughes-Smith, Leadership Team member, Rochester People’s Climate Coalition

Margaret Klein Salamon, Founder & Executive Director, The Climate Mobilization

Ashik Siddique, Co-Founder, The Climate Mobilization

Ezra Silk, Co-Founder & Deputy Director, The Climate Mobilization

Philip Sutton, Co-Author, “Climate Code Red” (2008); Strategist, RSTI

Dr. Alina Valdes (D), Congressional Candidate, Florida CD-25; Proud Progressive & Bernie Sanders Endorser

[1] Leber, R. “Bernie Sanders might want to thank climate change voters if he wins tonight,” The New Republic. Feb. 1, 2015.

[2] Smith, J. “Eminent climate change scientist courts religion,” San Diego Union Tribune. Feb 24, 2016.

[3] Spratt, D. “Recount: It’s Time to ‘Do the Math’ Again.” Breakthrough National Centre for Climate Restoration. April 22, 2015.


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  • signed 2016-05-02 10:47:14 -0400
  • signed 2016-04-17 17:01:25 -0400
  • signed 2016-04-10 13:23:46 -0400
    Bernie & everyone -

    Of course this is what we must do, if there’s to be a planet left for future generations.

    - Karl
  • signed 2016-04-07 00:12:38 -0400
  • signed 2016-04-04 11:24:33 -0400
    We have to act now!
  • signed 2016-04-03 14:47:03 -0400
  • posted about this on Facebook 2016-03-29 13:56:52 -0400
    I #FeeltheBern, but his climate plan is too slow. Bernie: Champion a WWII-scale mobilization to zero emissions by 2025!
  • signed 2016-03-28 23:54:07 -0400
    As a medical and public health professional, I am acutely aware of the many ways that climate change – even now – is negatively impacting human health, mental health, and well-being. As a person who loves and respects the natural world in all its amazing complexity, beauty, and interconnectedness, I am dedicating the remainder of my life (I am now 68) to action to mitigate climate change. I cannot express how much hope you inspire in me, Senator Sanders, for your leadership on this greatest challenge ever faced by humanity.
  • signed 2016-03-26 11:17:51 -0400
  • signed 2016-03-25 02:35:34 -0400
    I studied at The Sustainable Development Solutions Network of the United Nations. PLEASE Bernie, ask its leader to consult with you as he did with Pope Francis, to help him write his Laudato Sí Encyclical. That’s author of "The Age of Sustainable Development by Jeffrey D. Sachs, Director of Earth Institute of Columbia University – and world renowned Macro-Economist.
  • signed 2016-03-24 20:04:09 -0400
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  • signed 2016-03-24 16:54:35 -0400
    only a MAJOR MOBILIZATION will save the planet for my grandkids
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  • signed 2016-03-24 07:52:24 -0400
    Kat Haber Walking across the country in the Great March for Climate Action, I heard hundreds of horrifying stories about people trying to the right thing regarding changing"weather" conditions in their communities. Being from Alaska, I am aware that the “weather” is not the problem. It is us. We must change our relationship to living on Earth. THe most urgent and comprehensive way to adust, mitigate, adapt to climate disruption is for a massive mobilization.
  • signed 2016-03-24 03:33:24 -0400
    Ann Mond
  • signed 2016-03-23 22:37:38 -0400
    Every car-owning American leaves the car parked at least two days out of the week, carpooling with a friend or relative, taking transit, riding a bicycle, or walking on those days as alternatives. We raise federal gasoline taxes sharply, proceeds going toward creating intercity rail transit and bicycle routes in every town and city, and gasoline-powered motor vehicles are phased out by 2030. ALL Americans practice rigorous energy and water conservation every day of the week. We all gladly pay our due share of federal taxes to finance a new green job corps and to provide low-interest loans to new green energy providers using solar, wind, and geothermal sources. We slash the military budget by 90%, using most of what remains to treat traumatized veterans and mobilize a fully green-retooled corps of engineers to clean up toxic sites and install solar arrays on all decommissioned military bases. We ban fracking, tar sands extraction, off-shore oil drilling, and coal mining 100%. We ban smoking at last, too: Tobacco smoke is an acrid supertoxin produced at the most local level—the visual, respiratory, and circulatory systems of every human being in the vicinity. We all eat vegan at least 80% of the week or more, compost organics, and minimize and eventually end use of plastic bags, packaging, and bottles. Everyone plants trees, either on their own property or on public land, throughout the continent. All consumer items at end of useful life are 100% recycled.
  • posted about this on Facebook 2016-03-23 21:20:36 -0400
    I #FeeltheBern, but his climate plan is too slow. Bernie: Champion a WWII-scale mobilization to zero emissions by 2025!
  • signed via 2016-03-23 21:18:42 -0400
    As a Canadian living in Japan, I believe I can say the world is looking to America to start leading on this problem.
  • posted about this on Facebook 2016-03-23 21:05:54 -0400
    I #FeeltheBern, but his climate plan is too slow. Bernie: Champion a WWII-scale mobilization to zero emissions by 2025!
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  • signed 2016-03-23 17:57:14 -0400
    Preventing climate change is the litmus test I apply to all national and state candidates. Only in the case of precise ties do I look at positions on other issues.
  • signed 2016-03-23 17:55:47 -0400
  • posted about this on Facebook 2016-03-23 17:21:02 -0400
    I #FeeltheBern, but his climate plan is too slow. Bernie: Champion a WWII-scale mobilization to zero emissions by 2025!
  • signed 2016-03-23 16:29:57 -0400
    We are in the midst of the sixth great extinction, brought about by our thoughtless impact on the planet. Let’s mobilize now to save life on Planet Earth before it is too late. Thanks for your courage, Bernie.
  • signed 2016-03-23 15:56:27 -0400
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