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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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Alexia Leclerq

Network Coach

Alexia (she/they) is an environmental justice organizer based in Austin, TX. They graduated summa cum laude from NYU (’20), where they self-designed a major titled “The Politics and Economics of Inequality.” Their research focuses on political ecology, environmental justice, AAPI communities, inequality, postcolonialism. As an organizer and researcher they have spent the past 5 years working on various issues from preserving the Colorado River, water rights, fighting land use policy and zoning that enforces race-based discrimination, conducting ethnographic research on climate health, to organizing mutual aid, youth programming, and shaping national legislation alongside members of the Environmental Justice Leadership Forum and the Environmental Justice Health Alliance; today Alexia continues to work as an organizer with PODER, a grassroots EJ org. Alexia is also the co-founder of Start: Empowerment, a BIPOC led social and environmental justice education non-profit working with youth, educators, activists, and community members to implement justice-focused education and programming in schools and community spaces. S:E curriculum and programming has reached over 2,000 students, been recognized by the NYC Department of Education, and taught in universities. In 2021, their work was recognized by the prestigious Brower Youth Award.

Emmett Hopkins

National Organizer

Emmett organizes local-scale mobilization for the Sonoma County campaign, while supporting Climate Mobilization’s organizing efforts around the country. He brings over a decade of experience collaborating with diverse stakeholders to build community food systems, ensure equitable access to public lands, and mobilize resources towards a just transition to an amazing zero carbon future. He graduated from Stanford with a BS in Earth Systems and MS in Urban Planning & Sustainable Design. Emmett enjoys growing food and cultivating relationships, riding bikes and buses, and reimagining our communities to better serve all the people living in them.

Suha Dabbouseh

National Organizer

National Organizer Suha Dabbouseh leads national strategy for The Climate Mobilization. They are originally from Chicago but have lived, organized and rebel-roused in seven states and 11 cities. Suha received their law degree from CUNY-School of Law where they focused on social justice lawyering representing detainees at Guantanamo Bay. While practicing law, Suha had worked to advocate on behalf of domestic violence survivors, transgender clients and fighting employment discrimination. Their passion is building people power and organizing to dismantle structural inequities.

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.

Mariyah Jahangiri

Network Organizer

Mariyah leads Climate Mobilization Network’s recruitment, coordination, and organizing support. She has organized across movements and is passionate about addressing white supremacy in the mainstream climate movement and building capacity for youth-led, BIPOC-led intersectional climate movements. She has been inspired by her experiences organizing to defund the police in Boston, supporting mutual aid and food sovereignty projects in Iowa, Atlanta, and Puerto Rico, and working on a Make Big Polluters Pay campaign. Mariyah worked as an organizer with the Bernie Sanders 2020 campaign and Planned Parenthood PAC. She graduated from Grinnell College with a Sociology degree.

Rebecca Harris

Co-Leader and Director of Organizing

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

Co-Leader and Director of Operations
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.

Meghann Beer

Co-Leader and Director of Resource Mobilization and Strategy

Meghann brings more than 20 years of nonprofit management and fundraising experience to The Climate Mobilization and Climate Mobilization Project. For over a decade Meghann has worked as a nonprofit consultant helping organizations expand their capacity, secure revenue, develop successful strategies, and effectively evaluate their programs, enabling them to create greater positive change in the world. She has also worked as an executive director, designed and facilitated international service learning experiences, and taught university courses in fundraising and nonprofit management. Meghann earned a MPA in Nonprofit Management and Comparative and International Affairs from The School of Public and Environmental Affairs at Indiana University, in Bloomington, IN and a BA in Art History and American Studies from Tufts University in Boston, MA.

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.

Zack Burley

Policy Associate

Zack provides policy support for the Climate Mobilization team, and brings a versatile set of policy skills and experiences in labor organizing, journalism, legislative politics, and legal practice to the climate emergency movement. Zack earned a JD from Denver University Sturm College of Law, is a founding organizer of the Political Workers Guild of Colorado, and formerly served as a legislative aide in the Colorado General Assembly.

AriDy Nox

Co-Leader and Director of Narrative Strategy

 AriDy Nox is a multi-disciplinary black femme storyteller and social activist with a variety of forward-thinking creative works under her/their belt. They create out of the vehement belief that creating a future in which marginalized peoples are free requires a radical imagination. Their tales are offerings intended to function as small parts of an ancient, expansive, awe-inspiring tradition of world-shaping, created by and for black femmes. They have over a decade of experience as a young social activist and organizer, within reproductive justice and racial justice frameworks with organizations like the Young Women of Color Leadership Council with Advocates for Youth, the Toni Cade Bamabara Collective at Spelman College and Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority Incorporated. They bring creativity, enthusiasm and a tremendous capacity for organization to her/their role and deep belief that times of apocalypse are opportunities for rebirth. We need first imagine the world we want in order to create it.