Who We Are
The Climate Mobilization is a 501(c)(4) non profit dedicated to supporting a growing movement of people calling for a truth-based response to climate change that matches the scope and scale of the threat. We are working on the ground with concerned individuals, communities, institutions, and policymakers to initiate a massive, economy and society wide mobilization to restore a safe planet. We are a community of organizers, volunteers, policymakers, and donors all over the U.S. and beyond: many more people than would be possible to include on an about page.
Climate Mobilization Project is a 501(c)(3) charitable organization and a sister organization of The Climate Mobilization. Climate Mobilization Project supports the work of The Climate Mobilization through education, research, coalition-building, and fundraising. Our work is possible because of donations from concerned individuals like you. Consider giving a tax-deductible gift today to support the work of Climate Mobilization Project.
How TCM Started
The Climate Mobilization began as a project between friends. Since then its grown into an international movement fighting for a sane, just emergency mobilization against climate change.
Margaret Klein Salamon had recently earned her PhD in clinical psychology from Adelphi University and was writing about climate change on the blog The Climate Psychologist. After studying history in college, Ezra Silk worked as a journalist covering the Occupy movement. After panicking about the dire implications of the climate crisis, he encountered Margaret's writing and brought his college roommates into the effort: Ashik Siddique, who studied neuroscience at Wesleyan University, and had worked conducting research on post-traumatic stress disorder with combat veterans, and keenly understood the potential for trauma and war on a rapidly heating planet.
From left to right, Ashik Siddique, Ezra Silk, Margaret Klein Salamon and Ryan Brill at The Climate Mobilization's launch at the People's Climate March in 2014.
Our Work and Impact
The Climate Mobilization works to spark an emergency response to the climate crisis and a collective awakening around the truth. Below is a short overview of our work. A complete and more regularly updated look at our activities and impact can be found here.
- The Climate Mobilization launched at the People's Climate March in 2014 as the first group organizing for a WWII-scale climate response, an idea long emerging as a hidden consensus among climate experts.
- TCM organizers successfully intervened in the 2016 democratic primary elections, bringing WWII scale climate mobilization into the discussion by successfully lobbying Bernie Sanders to embrace the idea.
- Through the efforts of TCM ally and advisor Russell Greene, the need for WWII-scale mobilization was adopted into the Democratic Party Platform.
- After the election, TCM began collaborating with the office of Los Angeles City councilmember Paul Koretz and a coalition of like minded organizations to initiate a WWII-scale climate mobilization of L.A. Naomi Klein and the Leap also joined the effort, and coordinated the first Leap gathering in the U.S. to further the effort.
- Inspired by LA, TCM chapters in Montgomery County and Hoboken have successfully campaigned to pass climate emergency resolutions. Other chapters across the country are campaigning to do the same.
- After unprecedented wildfires devastated the area in December 2017, we worked with the office of LA Councilmember Koretz to research and develop a proposal for the legislative machinery that could begin coordinating a mobilization of Los Angeles. In January the motions were introduced with broad support from the council and in early May the council voted unanimously to explore the establishment of the country's first climate emergency mobilization department.