Green New Deal is a Breakthrough

The Green New Deal resolution, introduced today by Senator Ed Markey and Congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez is the most realistic and important statement to date by national leaders in the United States regarding the severity of the Climate Emergency and the opportunity to address this crisis through an economic and social mobilization, at a scale and speed not seen since World War II.

The Green New Deal resolution sets a new standard for the climate movement and for presidential candidates. 

Brooklyn, NY – The Climate Mobilization recognizes the Green New Deal resolution, introduced today by Senator Ed Markey (D-MA) and Congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY), as the most realistic and important statement to date by national leaders in the United States regarding the severity of the Climate Emergency and the opportunity to address this crisis through an economic and social mobilization, at a scale and speed not seen since World War II.

This resolution sets a new standard for any presidential candidate who wishes to be taken seriously on climate. Organizations and individuals in the climate movement should now make a commitment to a ten year transition to a zero emissions economy a prerequisite for endorsing any candidate for office.

The Climate Mobilization has been working with congressional staff and advisors to help shape this resolution. Representative Ocasio-Cortez signed our Pledge to Mobilize ahead of her primary contest in 2018 and received our endorsement. She has gone above and beyond to advance the concept of Climate Mobilization and we could not be more appreciative.

 Initial Congressional co-sponsors for the Green New Deal resolution. (Image: Sunrise Movement)
Initial Congressional co-sponsors for the Green New Deal resolution. (Image: Sunrise Movement)

“Senator Markey and Representative Ocasio-Cortez are telling the truth about what it will actually take to prevent climate catastrophe—a WWII-scale Climate Mobilization that eliminates greenhouse gas emissions in 10 years and draws down excess GHGs from the atmosphere.” Margaret Klein Salamon, The Climate Mobilization Executive Director, said in response.

“This resolution and the momentum behind it represents a watershed moment, when America began to face up to the reality of the Climate Emergency and what must be done to save our civilization,” added Ezra Silk, The Climate Mobilization’s Director of Policy and Strategy. 

The resolution is not perfect, however. It calls for reaching net zero emissions, but not for drawing down all excess greenhouse gases in order to a restore a safe climate. It does not comprehensively factor in or address the reality of humanity’s overshoot of ecological limits in areas beyond greenhouse gases. It relies on the deeply flawed Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) reports, and calls for global zero emissions by 2050. This is way too late. In addition, the temperature targets set by the IPCC are irresponsible and could trigger runaway climate catastrophe. The earth is too hot right now and we need to stay well below 1.5C and then reverse global warming down to 0.5C or less to establish a safe climate. We encourage the Green New Deal authors and the climate movement to realize that the IPCC is not the right group to draw the parameters of our emergency climate response.

The Climate Mobilization calls for the entire world to decarbonize by 2030, and calls on the United States to make global mobilization for zero emissions and drawdown our top foreign policy priority. 

In addition, The Climate Mobilization calls for the immediate ban on new fossil fuel infrastructure and the early retirement of coal mining and oil and gas drilling, within ten years.  Keeping fossil fuels in the ground is critical to preventing the collapse of civilization and the natural world.

“Today is a good day for the country, for the climate movement, and for all humanity. We will continue to fight to protect humanity and the natural world by telling the truth about the Climate Emergency and addressing it at the speed and scale required,” added Salamon. 

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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.