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It’s Official: Democratic Party Calls for WWII-Scale National Mobilization to Combat “Global Climate Emergency”

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.”  

  Party Platform Also Commits Hillary Clinton to Convening Climate Summit During First 100 Days
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.”  

The party platform also commits the next administration to convening “a summit of the world’s best engineers, climate scientists, policy experts, activists, and indigenous communities” during the “first 100 days” of the next administration to reassess America’s climate strategy and “chart a course to solve the climate crisis.” 

Specifically, the platform contains the following passages:

Climate change poses an urgent and severe threat to our national security, and Democrats believe it would be a grave mistake for the United States to wait for another nation to take the lead in combating the global climate emergency. According to the military, climate change is a threat multiplier that is already contributing to new conflicts over resources, catastrophic natural disasters, and the degradation of vital ecosystems across the globe. While Donald Trump says that climate change is a “hoax” created by and for the Chinese, Democrats recognize the catastrophic consequences facing our country, our planet, and civilization.

We believe the United States must lead in forging a robust global solution to the climate crisis. We are committed 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. In the first 100 days of the next administration, the President will convene a summit of the world’s best engineers, climate scientists, policy experts, activists, and indigenous communities to chart a course to solve the climate crisis. 

Joseph Romm, Founding Editor of Climate Progress and world-renowned climate and energy analyst, hailed the platform language calling for a WWII-scale mobilization:

“This month, the full Democratic Platform Committee approved the strongest statement about the urgent need for climate action ever issued by a major party in this country,” Romm said. “One party in this country has finally embraced the blunt — and scientifically accurate — language of climate hawks as to what those measures actually entail.”

The historic platform amendment was sponsored by Sanders-appointed Democratic Platform Committee Member, Russell Greene, with the language co-authored by Greene; Tom Weis, President of Climate Crisis Solutions; and Ezra Silk, Co-Founder of The Climate Mobilization. Both Greene and Weis are close allies of The Climate Mobilization.

“I am proud to see the Democratic Party embrace climate truth by boldly declaring a climate emergency in their platform,” Greene said. “It is courageous. Now we need Democratic candidates up and down the ticket to make climate mobilization central to their campaigns.”

The platform amendment is a significant win for the Sanders campaign; Senator Sanders used language calling for a WWII-scale climate mobilization this spring, most notably in the April 14, 2016 Democratic debate in Brooklyn where he decried the “incrementalism” of the Paris climate agreement and used World War II as a metaphor for combating the climate crisis. Some Hillary Clinton supporters are now joining the call for mobilization.

Since last fall, The Climate Mobilization has been pressuring all the Democratic and Republican presidential contenders to champion a WWII-scale mobilization to restore a safe climate. This after a 2011 “open letter” sent to President Obama (signed by the heads of the Sierra Club, Friends of the Earth, Greenpeace, Earth Policy Institute, Rainforest Action Network, Energy Action Coalition, 350.org and others) failed to convince the president to respond to the “global climate emergency” with a “wartime-like mobilization” to “cut carbon emissions 80 percent (based on 2006 levels) by 2020.”

“It is heartening to see the Democratic Party formally acknowledge that saving civilization requires a massive mobilization at wartime speed,” said Lester Brown, former President of the Earth Policy Institute. “The closest analogy for what we need to do now is the belated U.S. mobilization during World War II.”

Watch video of the platform committee’s vote here:

Learn more about The Climate Mobilization’s grassroots campaign for a WWII-scale climate mobilization.

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1:30 p.m. EST, Wednesday, July 27th, 2016

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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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.