In times of crisis, it's nice to savor a bit of fun news when you can. Which is why we're happy to introduce our new & improved t-shirts! Featuring The Climate Mobilization's logo in the same style as our old shirts, the new ones display the "Iwo Jima" windmill silhouette on the back, so people can see on both sides that you're down to protect civilization as part of the climate resistance.Read more
My name is Katie Murphy and I am a full-time volunteer mobilizer based in New York City. I graduated from college last May and am now volunteering 30 hours a week with TCM to save civilization from its downward spiral into irreversible climate tragedy.
This was a tall enough order before America elected Donald Trump as our next president. In the two months since the election I have cycled through feeling furious, distraught, confused, and paralyzed. I want to band together with the people I love and fight back, but I feel as though the world has changed under my feet. I want to understand what exactly is going on so I can fight smart. I don’t want to waste the precious time left blindly flailing around in the chaos.
Is America collapsing? Is Donald Trump a fascist? Is rising authoritarianism connected to the climate emergency? How can we organize a massive social movement that actually wins? These seem like basic questions that must be confronted head-on right now, and I know I can’t answer them alone, sitting in front of my ever-more-alarming Facebook feed.
That’s why TCM is launching a new effort to start in-person crisis reading groups across the country devoted to tackling these questions. In particular, these autonomous groups will confront the monumental issues of:
1. Ecological crisis
3. Theories of power
4. History and theory of social movements
I am holding the first meeting of a crisis reading group with several of my friends this weekend. We are reading the following essays in order to understand the big picture context of our ecological, economic, political and social predicament:
1. “The Great Disruption Letter,” by Paul Gilding
2. “Creating Moments of the Whirlwind: Why Effective Movement Building Demands Both Structure and Momentum,” by Paul Engler and Kai Newkirk
3. “The Class Domination Theory of Power,” by William G. Domhoff
4. “Donald Trump is the First Demagogue of the Anthropocene,” by Robinson Meyer
In addition to discussing the readings, we will also share our feelings about what is happening to our world, and exchange announcements about relevant political initiatives.
In times like these, community is indispensable--not only for emotional wellbeing, but also because within communities we can build and defend understanding in a time when knowledge is under attack. And we can remind each other not to normalize the immoral.
Please sign up below if you would like to pilot a crisis reading group in your area. You can get started right away by sending this page to a group of people who you respect and who live near you, scheduling a time to meet, and assigning the first batch of readings.
Please fill out this form if you have recommendations for readings for future discussions.
Our hope is that these groups will, in the near term, lay the groundwork for effective political action that successfully saves our civilization. In the very short term, we expect these reading groups will provide emotional catharsis, active hope, and a revitalized sense of community as we come to terms with our new reality together.
Please email me right away if you need help getting started.
Dear Democratic Party Leadership,
The Democratic Party stands at a crossroads. Will it continue to embrace policies that do not win elections and fail to solve our country's social and ecological catastrophes, or will it champion the WWII-scale mobilization we need to save civilization and the natural world?
At the Party’s 2016 convention in Philadelphia, many speakers asserted that America is already great. But for millions of Americans living a reality of economic decline and social breakdown, such optimism proved hollow.
The truth is that every day we are barreling faster toward civilizational collapse. This was true before Election Day, and is even more true now that Donald Trump has assumed the presidency. Our deeply immoral throwaway economy has generated a crisis of such magnitude that only an unprecedented global mobilization can now protect us.
Democrats must introduce and champion a package of legislation that restores a safe climate with 0°C warming, stops the 6th mass extinction of species, and creates a full employment economy that works for all of us. In particular, Democrats should introduce legislation that:
- Declares a climate emergency and initiates a WWII-scale mobilization to restore a safe, pre-industrial climate with 0°C warming;
- Phases out all fossil fuel use in 10 years or less and develops a continental renewable energy SuperSmart grid and national high-speed rail network;
- Transforms our agricultural sector by supporting carbon-sequestering farming practices and agroecology while curbing animal agriculture;
- Scales up a massive effort to remove all of the planet-incinerating excess carbon dioxide from the atmosphere;
- Initiates a Marshall Plan to rescue America’s poor that provides guaranteed jobs for all, ends mass incarceration, revitalizes our impoverished communities, and implements adequate adaptation measures in vulnerable areas; and
- Launches a global effort that preserves half the earth and stops the 6th mass extinction of species, ends poverty, and stabilizes the global population through humane, voluntary efforts.
The 2016 Democratic Party platform recognized “the catastrophic consequences facing our country, our planet, and civilization” from the global climate emergency. In response to this existential crisis, the platform promised a WWII-scale climate mobilization and a climate emergency summit within the first 100 days of the next administration.
To that end, we implore you to immediately:
- Announce a date for the Climate Emergency Summit within the first 100 days of the next administration;
- Introduce the above legislation before the Climate Emergency Summit; and
- Establish a Congressional Climate Emergency Caucus to promote and support the growing movement for emergency climate mobilization
Through a courageous commitment to climate mobilization, the Democratic Party’s new moral vision can inspire the American people to rescue our world.
The Climate Mobilization and Climate Mobilization Project are true grassroots organizations, powered by dedicated volunteers and generous supporters.
We call for World War II-scale climate mobilization that eliminates net US emissions in less than 10 years, to protect civilization and the natural world. Our mission is the most ambitious and aggressive platform of any climate organization that I'm aware of. We tell the truth, even though it's hard. Where most climate organizations play defense, we play offense.
Trump’s election and the rise of repressive authoritarian movements across the world makes it all the more important that we continue with this mission. These movements are determined to crush the truth, which is our only hope for survival.Read more
Since Election Day, we at The Climate Mobilization have thought very hard about the implications that a Trump presidency will have on our strategy. We’ve come up with a tentative vision for a new way forward, and we want to hear your thoughts.Read more
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.Read more
Allies, we are thrilled to announce our new Climate Year program.
As part of our developing new strategy to ensure that the U.S. federal government launches a WWII-scale climate mobilization by July 4, 2017, to restore a safe climate, we are looking for brilliant, talented, dedicated people who want to fight for civilization and the natural world on a full-time basis.Read more
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.
It’s Official: Democratic Party Calls for WWII-Scale National Mobilization to Combat "Global Climate Emergency"
Party Platform Also Commits Hillary Clinton to Convening Climate Summit During First 100 Days
PHILADELPHIA – In a historic first, the Democratic Party has officially embraced the need for a WWII-scale national mobilization to combat the global climate emergency. Passed by a floor voice vote of the full Democratic Convention on Monday, the Democratic platform declares a “global climate emergency,” acknowledges “the catastrophic consequences facing our country, our planet, and civilization,” and commits to “a national mobilization, and to leading a global effort to mobilize nations to address this threat on a scale not seen since World War II.”Read more
Climate Mobilization Founder and Director, Margaret Klein Salamon, lays out her strategy for the climate movement. Based on psychology, anthropology, and history, this essay offers a new, compelling perspective on an absolutely critical topic.