Press Release: TCM Joined A.O.C., Sanders, and Blumenauer in Unveiling Climate Emergency Declaration

Today, amid a week of massive flooding in the nation’s capital, The Climate Mobilization (TCM) joined the offices of Representative Earl Blumenauer (D-OR), Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY), and Senator Bernie Sanders (I-VT) in announcing the introduction of a nonbinding resolution seeking to declare the climate crisis an official national emergency in the United States.

Contact: Malik Russell / malik@climatemobilization.org  

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

The Climate Mobilization Joined Representatives Blumenauer, Ocasio-Cortez and Sen. Bernie Sanders in Unveiling Climate Resolution 

WASHINGTON, D.C  (July 9, 2019) — Today, amid a week of massive flooding in the nation’s capital, The Climate Mobilization (TCM) joined the offices of Representative Earl Blumenauer (D-OR), Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY), and Senator Bernie Sanders (I-VT) in announcing the introduction of a nonbinding resolution seeking to declare the climate crisis an official national emergency in the United States. Once officially introduced, TCM will mobilize a national climate emergency coalition to get the declaration passed through the House and to recruit all of the 2020 presidential candidates to publicly declare a climate emergency.

Margaret Klein Salamon, Founder & Executive Director, TCM, stated:I founded The Climate Mobilization to tell the truth about the climate emergency and to initiate the WWII-scale mobilization that we need to protect humanity and the natural world. The fossil fuel industry has spent more than a billion dollars lying to the American people. Now is time for the people, through our elected representatives to set the record straight. The truth is: We are in danger. You, me, my family, your family. All of us. Global warming is accelerating will cause the collapse of civilization this century if we fail to transform our society to zero emissions and initiate drawdown, in years, not decades.”

TCM, which played an advisory role on the resolution, has been at the forefront of a movement that advocates for a World War II scale mobilization to reverse global warming and the restoration of a safe climate. Thousands of Americans signed a TCM-led petition in the lead up to today’s announcement demanding Congress declare a national climate emergency.

Representative Blumenauer stated: “The national emergency is not at the border, it’s the climate. It’s time for Congress to formally acknowledge the scale and depth of climate change. We are already seeing disastrous impacts. It’s time for Congress to take a stand.”

Representative Ocasio-Cortez stated: “This is a political crisis of inaction, and it’s going to take political will and courage to treat this with the urgency that the next generation needs in order to preserve our way of life. We have less than 12 years to enact a global solution. This is a first step, and declaring a climate emergency is a good idea, this is what we need to do to start pursuing the plan we need.”

Senator Bernie Sanders stated: “There are many, many challenges facing this country, but at the top of the list must be the existential threat to our planet in terms of the damage that climate change is doing. The scientific community is telling us, in no uncertain terms, that we have fewer than 12 years to transition if we are going to leave this planet in any way that is healthy and habitable.”

Ellen van Bever, Board Member of Mothers Out Front, stated: “Our mothers are changing the narrative around fossil fuels and are fighting to ensure that the transition to clean, renewable energy is swift and rooted in economic and environmental justice. We know that the most adverse effects of the fossil fuel industry and climate crisis impact those in low income communities and communities of color. Our mothers and children in these communities are at the center of our work.”

Adam McKay, Academy Award-winning filmmaker, writer and producer, stated: “I directed The Big Short, a movie about the small group of people who saw the 2008 financial crisis coming. The truth is that the impacts of the climate emergency could dwarf the financial crisis – leading to the collapse of human civilization, not just a temporary recession. That’s why I support The Climate Mobilization, which has been forecasting the risk of climate collapse for 5-years and demanding an emergency response to prevent it. Although the climate breakdown is here, civilization has not collapsed yet. It is deeply encouraging to see some of our leading politicians taking heed of The Climate Mobilization’s call for a WWII-scale mobilization to rapidly reverse global warming and the 6th mass extinction of species before it’s too late.”

Varshini Prakash, Founder and Executive Director of Sunrise Movement, stated: “We have watched as babies in the Bronx have choked on poisonous fumes. We have watched as hurricanes such as Katrina and Maria ravaged our communities. We are done waiting—this is a full blown emergency. This declaration is an echo of the calls of young people across the country. It is not enough to call the climate crisis a threat—we need to act on it as such.”

Since 2014, TCM has spread its Climate Emergency Campaign across cities around the world. Thanks to its work with environmental and climate justice organizations, Hoboken, New Jersey became the first US city to declare a Climate Emergency in 2017. Since then, more than 15 other US cities — including NYC — have declared a climate emergency. The campaign has been adopted by aligned groups and spread across Europe and Canada, leading to more than 700 local governments declaring a climate emergency, as well as the governments of the UK, Ireland, Canada, and France.  

The introduction of the resolution comes on the heels of demands by presidential candidates, activists and voters for the DNC to host a climate debate. The resolution hopes to put the climate crisis in the forefront of the 2020 primaries, giving candidates the opportunity to lay out specific policy solutions to the challenges ahead.

You may listen to a press call featuring the aforementioned leaders discussing the resolution here.

 

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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.