Climate Emergency Movement Receives $100,000 from Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Shelter Rock

The Climate Mobilization Project is pleased to announce that it has received a $100,000 grant from the Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Shelter Rock to catalyze a nationwide emergency response to the climate crisis.

Grant awarded to the Climate Mobilization Project to move U.S. cities and states into emergency mode to restore a safe climate

Announcement follows win in Los Angeles, where initial funding for world’s first Climate Emergency Mobilization Department has been approved

The Climate Mobilization Project is pleased to announce that it has received a $100,000 grant from the Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Shelter Rock to catalyze a nationwide emergency response to the climate crisis. The grant is the country’s single largest philanthropic investment in emergency climate action, a subset of the climate change movement that calls for a rapid mobilization of our economy and society to protect humanity from climate catastrophe.

“For decades, society has responded to the climate crisis with incremental measures to gradually reduce greenhouse gas emissions over time,” said Margaret Klein Salamon, Executive Director of the Climate Mobilization and the Climate Mobilization Project. “Despite these well-intentioned efforts, we have fallen woefully short of restoring our climate to safety. Incremental approaches alone can’t save us, but there is hope if we demand the transformative change that is needed — a WWII-scale mobilization of our economy and society — starting in U.S. cities. This mobilization will be made possible with support from organizations like UUCSR and the powerful political will of everyday Americans.”

The announcement comes on the heels of a major victory for The Climate Mobilization and the climate emergency movement in Los Angeles, where the city council has voted to explore the creation of what would be America’s first Climate Emergency Mobilization Department (CEMD) and set aside $500,000 for the proposed department. If established, the CEMD would coordinate the mobilization of the nation’s second largest city to carbon-neutrality by 2025, and act as an advocate — spreading the urgent need for mobilization to other governments, and aiming to catalyze a global mobilization to restore a safe climate. With support from UUCSR, the Climate Mobilization Project will be able to support this vital program in California and expand the City by City program into New York City.

The Climate Mobilization Project and its affiliate organization The Climate Mobilization support a growing network of people calling for a rapid, society-wide mobilization that steers our economy toward the single national purpose of restoring a safe climate. Climate Mobilization organizers around the country call for an emergency speed transition that not only seeks to prevent unimaginable suffering from climate and environmental catastrophe, but reinvents our economy to address the social inequities on which an extractive economy is based.

“Every day the climate crisis is worse than we had predicted,” said Gail Koelln, UUCSR congregation member and co-chair of its Climate Justice Task Force. “As a congregation rooted in principles of justice and respect for the interdependent web of all existence, UUCSR aims to do our part to prevent suffering and devastation from the intensifying climate crisis. The Climate Mobilization Project asks us to treat the climate crisis as an emergency, because it is one, and we are proud to partner with them on this urgent journey.”  

The UUCSR grant will provide critical support for Climate Mobilization Project and The Climate Mobilization’s joint City by City program, which empowers organizers to lead their cities into emergency mode. Cities that take on the emergency mobilization challenge declare a climate emergency, initiate programs that rapidly cut greenhouse gas emissions and begin removing carbon from the atmosphere, and become advocates for emergency mobilization. By educating the public, bringing other cities on board, and pressing for statewide emergency response, these cities can lead the way in sparking a nationwide mobilization.

The grant was awarded through UUCSR’s Large Grants Fund, which supports causes selected and proposed by members of the congregation. Organizations that receive funding through this program are voted on by a democratic voting process.

Photo credit: Peter Bowden on Flickr. #PeoplesClimate: Faith Contingent & Unitarian Universalists. CC BY-ND 2.0

About the Climate Mobilization Project

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, thought leadership, and fundraising.

The Climate Mobilization is a 501(c)(4) non-profit that pursues the mission of initiating a WWII-scale mobilization to protect humanity and the natural world. We support a growing movement of people who have been transformed by the truth of the climate and ecological crisis and call for an emergency response. We work on the ground with concerned individuals and frontline communities, institutions, and policymakers to initiate a massive, economy-wide mobilization to restore a safe planet. Our approach is rooted in lessons from the mobilization in the United States during World War II and principles of environmental and social justice. We are animated by a belief that solving this crisis is necessary for our survival, is our greatest moral responsibility, and is an opportunity to co-create a compassionate and just world for everyone.


UUCSR is one of more than more than 1,000 Unitarian Universalist (UU) congregations in the United States under the aegis of the Boston-based Unitarian Universalist Association. Unitarian Universalism is a liberal religion committed to deeds, not creeds. UU congregations affirm and promote Seven Principles, including the inherent dignity and worth of every person and the interdependent web of all existence.

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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.