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.

The Climate Emergency presents us with unprecedented challenges. We launch aggressive policy frameworks, messaging, and organizing approaches to accelerate the global transition into “Emergency Mode” on climate.

We are working to achieve

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

We must advocate for solutions that will actually restore a safe climate and protect our future.

Our Impact

We have zero illusions that the problem is solved, but here is what we’ve accomplished.

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Million people adopt a climate emergency stance

Catalyzed the Climate Emergency Movement 

Climate Emergency organizing has swept the planet because people demand their governments tell the truth — a core principle of our work. By sparking this campaign and fostering it in the United States, we have created a paradigm shift in the understanding of the climate disaster as evidenced by“Climate Emergency” being named the 2019 Oxford Dictionary Word of the Year

Fundamentally changed climate politics

Our work has directly inspired the efforts and demands of groups including Extinction Rebellion, the Youth Climate Strikes, and the Sunrise Movement, and has influenced the new wave of assertive policy proposals aimed at addressing the climate emergency, such as the Green New Deal.

We are committed to

Our Approach

We are guided by the truth and we live in emergency mode. The Climate Emergency is our top priority, as it represents a grave threat to all life.

Declaring a Climate Emergency

Working with local constituencies to take action, declaring a climate emergency and driving support to making a transition.

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Supporting Mass Mobilization 

Working with local constituencies to take action, declaring a climate emergency and driving support to making a transition.

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Holding up the Truth

Working with local constituencies to take action, declaring a climate emergency and driving support to making a transition.

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We believe that the truth, even a painful truth, is powerfully transformational. We speak truth to power, inside and outside the climate movement.

Throughout our work, we focus on what is actually necessary to restore a safe climate, and not what has been deemed politically “possible” by mainstream experts. We only advocate for solutions that will actually protect humanity and the natural world.

Our vision for mobilization includes a strong commitment to democracy, equity, inclusion, and building a regenerative society, centered around caring for each other and all life.

 We rely on deep collaboration with our allies across the climate and environmental movement and are willing to work with anyone who shares our outlook. Together, we must form a united Climate Emergency Movement to protect humanity.

Standing for Mobilization

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 need for a whole-society, emergency-speed mobilization to zero emissions. 

Over the past 6 years, we have succeeded in fundamentally transforming climate politics, including leading the climate movement into “emergency mode,” drastically raising its honesty, expectations and enthusiasm.

The fact that we have warmed the world to this extent, and show little sign of stopping, is evidence of widespread institutional failure.

Meet

Our Team

We are a small team, supported by highly dedicated volunteers. Our passionate staff has diverse expertise in organizing, psychology, policy research and communications. We rely on deep collaboration with our allies across the climate and environmental movement.
Organizational Development and Engagement Manager

Strategy Director

Senior Director

Research & Policy Director

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

National Organizer

We cannot expect anyone else to save us. We must do it ourselves.

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 Executive Director of Climate Mobilization Project

Margaret leads organizational strategy for The Climate Mobilization and Climate Mobilization Project. In this role she has helped catalyze a burgeoning worldwide Climate Emergency Movement. 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 climate change. She is author of Facing the Climate Emergency: How to Transform yourself with Climate Truth available from New Society Publishers in April, 2020.

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 and Managing Director of Climate Mobilization Project

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.