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DNC Reaffirms Call for Climate Emergency Mobilization

“BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, THAT TO ADDRESS THE CLIMATE EMERGENCY,  THE DNC SUPPORTS POLICIES THAT COMMIT THE UNITED STATES TO IMMEDIATELY LAUNCHING A NATIONAL, SOCIAL, AND ECONOMIC MOBILIZATION WHICH INCLUDES LEADING A GLOBAL EFFORT TO MOBILIZE NATIONS TO RESTORE A SAFE CLIMATE; and …”

The Resolution Expressing the Sense of the DNC that Climate Change Poses an Urgent and Severe Threat to our National Security  was passed by the Democratic National Committee’s Resolutions Committee at its meeting on August 23, 2018, in Chicago, IL. Submitted by: Susie Shannon, California Christine Pelosi, California.

This resolution affirms the 2016 commitment that the Democratic Party made by including the need for WWII-scale climate mobilization on their official platform.  The full text is below: 
 

 

WHEREAS, the Pentagon has identified climate change as a threat multiplier with immediate risks to our national security; and

WHEREAS, the Department of STATE has identified climate change as a national security threat; and 

WHEREAS, the Department of Homeland Security has identified climate change as a top homeland security risk; and

 WHEREAS, the Department of Defense has identified climate change as a present, urgent, and growing threat to our national security that is already contributing to increased natural disasters, refugee flows, and conflicts over food and water; and 

WHEREAS, in 2016, the National Intelligence Council assessed that during the next five years national security risks linked to climate change will arise mostly from extreme weather events, and further warned that the possibility of abrupt, dramatic climate change cannot be discounted; and

WHEREAS, in 2016, the U.S. Department of Defense issued a climate change directive establishing policy and assigning responsibilities to help safeguard the economy, infrastructure, environment, and natural resources of the United States; and

WHEREAS, the Center for Climate and Security, a non-partisan institute advised by 43 military, national security, homeland security, intelligence, and foreign policy experts, identifies climate change as a high-probability, high-impact risk with very large and widespread impacts on security; and warns that climate change threatens to make fragile states like Syria even more fragile, leading to the potential for destabilizing violence; and 

WHEREAS, according to the WMO, 16 of the 17 hottest years ever recorded have all occurred this century; and

WHEREAS, thousands of scientists from 195 countries have contributed to the work of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), which has concluded there is a 95-to-100 percent probability that humans are the dominant cause of observed atmospheric heating since the mid-20th century; and 

WHEREAS, atmospheric concentrations of the primary heat-trapping gas, carbon dioxide (CO2), have increased by 40 percent since pre-industrial times, primarily from the burning of fossil fuels; and

WHEREAS, this global temperature increase is contributing to the spread of infectious diseases, the disappearance of mountain glaciers, the death of the world coral reefs, the drowning of island nations, the mass migration of climate refugees, and widespread famine; and

WHEREAS, a 2012 study commissioned by 20 governments whose nations are most threatened by climate change estimated 400,000 people are already dying globally each year from climate change, mainly due to hunger and communicable diseases that affect mostly children.

THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED, in light of the catastrophic consequences facing our country, our planet, and civilization from accelerating climate change, the Democratic National Committee affirms its support for a national and inclusive mobilization to rapidly reduce greenhouse gas emissions, with the ultimate goal of moving us towards a near-zero greenhouse gas emissions economy; and

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, such a mobilization must consider the devastating impact that some policies can have on workers, families and entire communities, and include a serious commitment to addressing those impacts; and 

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, THAT TO ADDRESS THE CLIMATE EMERGENCY,  THE DNC SUPPORTS POLICIES THAT COMMIT THE UNITED STATES TO IMMEDIATELY LAUNCHING A NATIONAL, SOCIAL, AND ECONOMIC MOBILIZATION WHICH INCLUDES LEADING A GLOBAL EFFORT TO MOBILIZE NATIONS TO RESTORE A SAFE CLIMATE; and

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, THAT THE DNC, IN THE INTEREST OF NATIONAL SECURITY AND THE STABILIZATION OF THE U.S. ECONOMY, EMBRACES A RENEWABLE ENERGY FUTURE TO DRIVE JOB GROWTH, PUT MILLIONS OF AMERICANS BACK TO WORK IN GOOD-PAYING UNION JOBS THAT PROVIDE HIGH WAGES, PENSIONS, SECURE RETIREMENTS AND SAFE WORK PLACES, ADDRESS THE DETRIMENTAL HEALTH IMPACTS OF POLLUTION AND EXTREME WEATHER AND TO SAFEGUARD AND REBUILD THE ECONOMY, DOMESTIC MANUFACTURING, INFRASTRUCTURE, ENVIRONMENT, AND NATURAL RESOURCES OF THE UNITED STATES.

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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.