Congress Reaches 100 Sponsors for Climate Emergency Bill

Increased Support Could Result in Hearings on bill to Declare a Climate Emergency

The concurrent resolution to declare climate change a national emergency, introduced in the House and Senate in June by Senator Bernie Sanders (S.Con.Res.22) and Representatives Earl Blumenauer and Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (H.Con.Res.52) has been quietly gaining steam through the fall and hit a milestone this week, reaching 100 cosponsors in the House and Senate. If adopted, the bill would send a strong signal about the severity of the climate emergency; it calls for the federal government to initiate a massive-scale mobilization to reverse climate change. The resolution, titled “Expressing the sense of Congress that there is a climate emergency which demands a massive-scale mobilization to halt, reverse, and address its consequences and causes,” specifically does not give emergency powers to the executive branch, but rather acknowledges the existence of a climate emergency and declares support for a massive mobilization of the nation’s labor and resources to reverse it.

Among the 92 sponsors in the House of Representatives, and nine in the Senate are Senate Democratic presidential candidates Bernie Sanders, Cory Booker, Elizabeth Warren, and Amy Klobuchar.  

TCM is partnering with Progressive Democrats of America, Food & Water Watch, and Friends of the Earth to pass the national climate emergency declaration. We are hopeful that they can push for hearings by the Energy & Commerce Committee in the House once that body reaches 100 cosponsors in its own right. Contact your Representative to urge them to sign on!

Climate Emergency declarations have taken off around the world, now numbering 1256 Climate Emergency declarations in over 53 nations. The term Climate Emergency was introduced in the U.S. in 2016 to describe the cascading climate breakdown and the psychological, policy, and organizing frameworks needed to address it. 

In the US the number of local governments declaring a climate emergency has reached 68, with 60 of those occurring this year. Last week, the Pullayup Tribe, the city of Tacoma, Washington, Minneapolis, Minnesota, and Sacramento, California declared, joining cities like Miami, New York City, and New Haven, CT.

 “We’re pushing for a national WWII-style mobilization against the Climate Emergency, let’s be clear on that,” said Ezra Silk, policy and strategy director for The Climate Mobilization. “Due to the continuing criminal abdication of leadership at the national level on the climate emergency, it is clear that a mass movement is needed from the grassroots to launch the mobilization needed to save civilization.” Pushing for declarations of climate emergency are just a first step toward popularizing and ultimately initiating WWII-style mobilization to restore a safe climate. 

In addition to the push by Congress, The Climate Mobilization in 2020 plans to provide support for organizers in over 250 campaigns around the nation to declare local and state-level Climate Emergencies.  

If you haven’t yet become involved, you can sign a letter to your Members of Congress asking them to cosponsor the HR.CON.52 here, or sign up for more information about starting or joining a local campaign here

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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.