About

The Climate Mobilization

We’re building a movement of people across the United States to reclaim our future by initiating an emergency-speed, whole-society Climate Mobilization, reversing global warming and restoring a safe climate.

Our Mission

TCM is building power for a national transformation that rapidly restores a safe climate and creates a just and democratic society.  

Our Vision

Our vision is a safe climate, democratic society, and just economy where all communities and the living world flourish for generations to come. 

Our Values

We tell the truth.  

We tell the truth about what the climate and ecological crisis is, what is causing it, and how gradual solutions put us at risk. 

We are committed to bold and necessary transformation. 

We are dedicated to winning solutions that match the scale and scope of the planetary emergencies we face. We strive to tackle the root of oppressive and destructive systems that harm our communities and environment with necessary and thoughtful urgency.

We believe in the power of everyday people to make change.

When people come together in their neighborhoods, cities, and around the globe, extraordinary things can and do happen. It will take millions to respond to the climate emergency, so we work to get as many people as possible involved in the movement. Together we can make the necessary possible.

In times of emergency, community is our strength. 

We take the time to get to know each other and foster mutual relationships. We learn from and build relationships with communities, groups, and movements that share our values and work toward a more equitable and just world.

We strive to center marginalized voices in our fight against the climate emergency.

We believe that anti-racist and anti-oppressive struggle must be at the heart of the climate movement.  We believe that addressing the climate emergency requires uprooting white supremacy and systemic injustice. 

We can’t heal the planet when those closest to the problem are left out and we maintain unjust relationships among ourselves.

We value democracy. 

Building a world that works for everyone requires all of our voices being heard and we think democracy is our best mechanism to do that. Right now, decisions that are destroying our communities, climate systems, and the living world are largely made by powerful corporations and special interests for the sake of personal gain. 

We are dedicated to building a world that values people over profit.

Global society is premised on an extractive and exploitative economy, but it doesn’t have to be this way. Together, we can create regenerative economies in sync with the needs of the living world, where everyone’s needs are met, and where everyone has meaningful work. 

Core Demands

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Declare a National Climate Emergency

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Launch a WWII–scale effort to transform the U.S. economy on an emergency basis

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Restore a safe climate and return to 0 degrees of warming

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Rapidly and justly transform our society towards a regenerative future for all

Break the silence: Tell the truth about the threat we face

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Reverse the global ecological crisis and restore critical ecosystems

Our Impact

Here’s what we’ve accomplished so far in the fight to restore a safe climate.

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governments across the United States have adopted Climate Emergency declarations

Catalyzed the U.S. Climate Emergency Movement

Climate Emergency organizing has swept the planet because our organizers demand their governments tell the truth about the climate emergency and take commensurate action — a core principle of our work. By sparking this campaign and fostering it in the United States, we have helped turn the tide on how Americans understand climate disruption – as evidenced by “Climate Emergency” being named the 2019 Oxford Word of the Year.

Fundamentally changed climate politics

Our work has inspired the efforts and demands of groups like Extinction Rebellion, the Youth Climate Strikers, and the Sunrise Movement. Our core paradigms – Climate Emergency and Climate Mobilization – have directly influenced increasingly ambitious and equitable U.S. climate policy proposals, including the Green New Deal and increased use of Presidential executive action to address the climate emergency.

Our Origins

When The Climate Mobilization was founded at the People’s Climate March in 2014, there was no climate group publicly organizing around the scale of solutions we need: an all-of-society, emergency-speed mobilization to zero emissions, with a level of government economic intervention and public investment not seen since WWII.

Over the past 6 years, we have succeeded in fundamentally transforming climate politics in the United States, including leading the climate movement into “emergency mode,” drastically raising the honesty, ambition, and level of action from activists and governments across the country.

Our Team

We are a small team, supported by highly dedicated volunteers. Our passionate staff have diverse expertise in organizing, psychology, communications, policy, and research. We also rely on deep collaboration with our allies across the climate and environmental movement to bring our vision of Climate Mobilization to life.

Organizational Development and Engagement Manager

Strategy Director

Senior Director

Research and Policy Director

Founder & Board President
Operations and Community Manager
Executive Director
Organizing Director

National Organizer

Climate change is an emergency. 
Let’s act like it. Let’s mobilize.

AriDy Nox

Organizational Development and Engagement Manager
AriDy brings creativity, enthusiasm and a tremendous capacity for organization to her/their role, assisting the executive director with travel, communication and fundraising. AriDy Nox is a multi-disciplinary black femme storyteller and social activist. They have served as a national representative for The Young Women of Color Leadership Council, the Millennials of Color Leadership Bureau, and held writing positions with Advocates for Youth and RH Reality Check. She has worked as an administrative and executive assistant for a myriad of organizations including the Graduate Musical Theatre Writing Program at Tisch School of the Performing Arts at NYU, the Youth Engagement Fund and the Community Resource Exchange.

Cris Lagunas

Strategy Director

Cris is helping to grow the Climate Emergency Movement by supporting creative campaigns and extending the reach of the movement’s message. Cris is a co-founder of the National Immigrant Youth Alliance, an organization dedicated to using direct action tactics to expose, challenge and dismantle the immigration detention system.Cris got his start in organizing when he was 15 years old, getting involved in a local group of fellow undocumented youth.

Kristen Cashmore

Senior Director
Kristen brings more than 25 years of social justice advocacy to Climate Mobilization. Her previous positions at human rights, public health, environmental justice, and clean energy organizations inform her work with the variety of stakeholders she is engaging with to bring an accelerated response to the climate emergency. Kristen earned a BA in Peace and Conflict Studies from UC Berkeley, where she was a teaching assistant in the Department of Environmental Science, Policy, and Management.

Laura Berry

Research & Policy Director

Laura brings over a decade of experience to Climate Mobilization in climate advocacy, organizing, research, and policy. She has worked on climate, environmental, and sustainability issues from local to global scales with organizations including the Stockholm Environment Institute, the National Caucus of Environmental Legislators, and 350.org. She is passionate about deepening democratic engagement in response to the Climate Emergency. Laura has a BA in human ecology from College of the Atlantic and an MSc in global environment, politics, and society from the University of Edinburgh.

Margaret Klein Salamon, PhD

Founder and Board President

Margaret is the founder of The Climate Mobilization (TCM) and Climate Mobilization Project (CMP) and helped catalyze a worldwide climate emergency movement through her work with both organizations. Margaret now serves as Climate Awakening Program Director. She is the author of Facing the Climate Emergency: How to Transform Yourself with Climate Truth (New Society Publishers, April 2020) and several influential essays. She is also a member of the Climate Emergency Fund’s Advisory Board. Margaret earned her PhD in clinical psychology from Adelphi University and a BA in social anthropology from Harvard. Though she loved being a therapist, Margaret felt called to apply her psychological and anthropological knowledge to solving the Climate Emergency.

Marina Mails

Operations and Community Manager
Marina manages operations and volunteers for both The Climate Mobilization and Climate Mobilization Project. She brings broad experience working in non-profit organizations, health care settings, and running her own private counseling practice. Before joining Climate Mobilization, Marina maintained a practice focusing exclusively on climate-related emotional coping, helping people make bold choices for lifestyle and professional change in response to the Climate Emergency. She has a bachelor’s degree in political science and Spanish from Wake Forest University and a Masters in Counseling from UNC Greensboro.

Matt Renner

Executive Director of The Climate Mobilization

Matt has worked as a nonprofit executive in clean energy, climate policy, and journalism for over a decade, focusing on the near-term social and economic impacts of climate change. He leads organizational expansion and works closely with the communications and organizing teams. Matt earned a BA in political science from UC Berkeley, where he was deeply inspired by the work of Professor George Lakoff.

Rebecca Harris

Organizing Director

Rebecca leads Climate Mobilization organizing efforts. Along with a history of social movement organizing, Rebecca he has worked as a journalist covering equity in Chicago public schools. Most recently, Rebecca worked as Development and Communications Manager at Latino Union of Chicago, an immigrants’ and workers’ rights organization. She is a 2017 graduate of the Reframe Mentorship in strategic communications and a 2019 participant in the Anne Braden Organizer Training Program.

Sydney Ghazarian

Digital Organizer
Sydney leads digital strategy for The Climate Mobilization and Climate Mobilization project. She is also a founder of National Democratic Socialists of America Ecosocialist Working Group and worked to establish climate as a primary focus of the American Left. Sydney has previously worked in journalism and in academic research. Sydney received her bachelor’s degree in Psychology from the University of California San Diego.

Malik Russell

Communications Director

Malik leads Climate Mobilization’s press and communications strategy. He formerly served as Communications Director for the NAACP. He is a journalist, author, community-based educator, and former lecturer in the Department of Strategic Communications at Morgan State University. The former editor of the Washington Afro-American newspaper, he has worked as a journalist in the Black Press for over two decades.He has a BA in American history from Brandeis University and earned a Master of Public Administration degree from Baruch College in New York, where he was selected as a National Urban Fellow.

Ezra Silk

Deputy Director

Ezra is co-founder of The Climate Mobilization and Climate Mobilization Project. He authored The Climate Mobilization’s Victory Plan, an influential exploration of how the federal government can organize and implement a mobilization to save civilization from the Climate Emergency and ecological crisis. This document directly shaped the demands of the Extinction Rebellion movement and the Green New Deal framework. Ezra was also a lead author of the climate emergency declaration resolution introduced in Congress in July 2019. A former newspaper reporter, Ezra has a BA in history from Wesleyan University.