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

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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