A Message from Climate Leader Paul Gilding

As someone who works across all sectors of society in the cause of climate action, it is rare for me to endorse and urge support for a specific organisation. But as 2018 draws to a close, I want to make an exception — for a very good reason and at a very important moment.


When I read the following letter responding to our 2018 Year in Review from thought leader and former CEO of Greenpeace Paul Gilding, I almost fell out of my chair. Paul’s writing and leadership on emergency climate response is core to The Climate Mobilization’s work since our founding. He is also one of our biggest supporters and advocates.

Please take a moment to hear from Paul.

Thank you,
Margaret Klein Salamon

A Message from Paul Gilding

 Emergency climate action leader Paul Gilding.
Emergency climate action leader Paul Gilding.


As someone who works across all sectors of society in the cause of climate action, it is rare for me to endorse and urge support for a specific organisation.

But as 2018 draws to a close, I want to make an exception — for a very good reason and at a very important moment.

Some 10 years ago, I co-wrote the One Degree War Plan. This argued the moment would come when society acknowledged climate change as a global emergency of existential risk — one that would require the roll out a WWII style mobilisation in response. It was a lonely argument to make in 2009 and largely dismissed, even by climate activists.

A few years ago, I was approached to advise The Climate Mobilization and was so excited with their approach and set of beliefs.

Since then they have worked both behind the scenes and publicly as one of the few groups to advocate climate change action that is actually on par with the urgency of a global emergency.

Their influence is wide and significant. In particular their uncompromising rejection of incrementalism and half-measures has shaped the demands of existing and new climate organizations. Their work has been essential to the political breakthrough in the United States in 2018 (detailed here), which could be a true game-changer. It has also heavily influenced the formation of other groups like the Extinction Rebellion in the UK, who have largely adopted the same clarity on what we now need.

I cannot speak highly enough of TCM and their importance. That’s why I urge you in the strongest possible terms to join me in supporting them at the maximum level you can. My wife Michelle and I have been making an annual contribution of $10,000. This is a significant amount of money for us but I know The Climate Mobilization will deliver truly outstanding results and there could be no better place for our money in terms of its impact.

If you want to hear more of my thoughts on the matter, Margaret and I had a video conversation earlier this year, that you might be interested in!

Please act as strongly as you can. As TCM says, it’s time to go big or go home!
Click here to make a tax-deductible End of Year donation, in support of this vital organization.

And finally, a sincere thank you to all who have already joined me in supporting Climate Mobilization in 2018 — your support of this work is crucial and deeply appreciated.

Kind regards,

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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.