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Climate Emergency Movement News

The list of US cities declaring climate emergency grew by two this past week — congratulations to U.S. cities Flagstaff, Arizona and Asheville, NC — both the first cities in their respective states to declare. 

The U.S. population represented by municipalities that have declared Climate Emergency is now at 29,242,934 people, or 8.9% of the country. Across the Atlantic, Spain declared a Climate Emergency last week, bringing the worldwide declaration total to over 1330 governments within 26 countries. Click here for full details

New research 

According to a new poll reported by Vice News, 80% of Gen Z and Millenials think that “global warming is a major threat to life as we know it.”  The poll reveals that young people are waiting eagerly for governments to act and feel prepared for “bold action” to address the crisis. 

2020 elections

In Iowa, polling of voter attitudes around climate shows increased engagement with the issue. Climate ranked second among important issues for Iowa Democrats, and one fifth of caucus-goers named it as their top priority.

Senator Bernie Sanders’ team is examining a number of major executive orders he could sign as President, including declaring climate a national emergency and banning U.S. crude oil exports. A new article examines his proposal for the nationalization of electricity production and a rapid transition to renewable electricity across the nation.

Sanders and Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez  have introduced a bill to outlaw fracking by 2025. Citing the health dangers and climate impacts of fracking, this bill would begin by banning all new infrastructure, and then phase out existing operations, starting with those causing damage to vulnerable populations. 

The Climate Mobilization in the News

The online magazine Quartz ran an article describing the latest wins in the Climate Emergency Movement

From left to right: Wayne Ford: founder of the Black and Brown Forum, Malik Russell: communications director for The Climate Mobilization, Karin Stein: state organizer for Mom’s Clean Air Force, Dianne Dillion-Ridgely: trustee of the National Wildlife Federation, and Dr. Mustafa Santiago Ali: Vice President of Environmental Justice, Climate, and Community Revitalization for the National Wildlife Federation

Climate Mobilization’s communications director Malik Russell traveled to Des Moines, Iowa last month to take part in the Black and Brown Forum, the oldest presidential forum focused on voters of color in the US, held on Martin Luther King Jr. Day, January 20, 2020. Russell was part of a focused panel about the Climate Emergency and its disproportionate impact on communities of color. Russell reports that “The Brown and Black Forum was a great opportunity to discuss the Climate Emergency from a perspective often overlooked or ignored. Terms including climate justice, climate equity, and racial equity were used without blinking, and we were able to present visions for a future world not only free of fossil fuels but also free of inequality and racism.”

Margaret Klein Salamon is quoted in  “Grief for a Lost Future and an Eroded Pastfrom The Outlook about her take on climate grief.

Climate Mobilization at Sundance 

Founder and Executive Director Margaret Klein Salamon spoke at the Sundance Film Festival last week at the New Climate Narrative event, exploring the way that narrative and framing can help bring more people into the Climate Emergency Movement. Speakers included Hip Hop Caucus CEO (and TCM advisory board member) Rev. Lennox Yearwood, Director of the NAACP Environmental and Climate Justice Program Jacqui Patterson, artist and social justice organizer Favianna Rodriguez, along with members of the Indigenous Youth Council. 

Climate Emergency Organizer Training

While the rest of the country was melting Velveeta (or vegan cheese!) for Superbowl nachos, our Organizing Director Rebecca Harris was in Miami collaborating with young people at a training for Climate Emergency Movement organizers. 

Held in partnership with CLEO Institute, an environmental education nonprofit in Miami, the training was facilitated by three high school students from CLEO and a lead trainer from The Climate Mobilization, coordinated by Rebecca Harris. 

CLEO Institute’s youth organizing program, Gen CLEO, has 100 young people involved. This growing organization and its partners have passed four Climate Emergency declarations in the metro Miami area and have six more in the works. 

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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 and Managing Director of Climate Mobilization Project

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 Executive Director of Climate Mobilization Project

Margaret leads organizational strategy for The Climate Mobilization and Climate Mobilization Project. In this role she has helped catalyze a burgeoning worldwide Climate Emergency Movement. 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 climate change. She is author of Facing the Climate Emergency: How to Transform yourself with Climate Truth available from New Society Publishers in April, 2020.

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.