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
Margaret Klein Salamon was earning her PhD in clinical psychology from Adelphi University when she began writing on her blog, The Climate Psychologist, about the need for -- and her intent to build -- a climate movement that was honest about the climate emergency and demanded WWII-scale climate mobilization.
Ezra Silk, a graduate in history who has worked as a journalist covering the Occupy Movement, encountered Margaret's writing when he was already panicking about the dire implications of the climate crisis. He joined Margaret and together they built the organization from the ground up. Ezra also brought his college roommates into the effort: Ashik Siddique, who studied neuroscience at Wesleyan University, and had conducted research on post-traumatic stress disorder with combat veterans, and keenly understood the potential for trauma and war on a rapidly heating planet, and Ryan Brill, who contributed his expertise in human-computer interaction, while he earned an MA in the field.
Together, they launched The Climate Mobilization in 2014. Since then it’s grown into an international movement fighting for a sane, just emergency mobilization against climate change.
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.
In June 2018, Berkeley declared a climate emergency and committed to a just emergency climate mobilization to end greenhouse gas emissions as quickly as possible, and in September, Berkeley hosted the first ever Climate Emergency Townhall with elected leaders and sustainability officers representing cities in the Bay Area.
In July 2018, the City of Richmond in California also declared climate emergency and resolved to work to advocate for a mass mobilization at the local, state, national, and global levels.