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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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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.