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News from The Climate Mobilization and the Climate Emergency Movement

US Climate Emergency updates

The Chicago City Council declared a Climate Emergency on February 19th, the first in the state of Illinois. This adds nearly three million people to the global tally, comprising more than 10% of the global population, now living under a government that has declared a Climate Emergency. The Climate Mobilization tracks Climate Emergency declaration numbers around the world using this document — feel free to use and share this data widely. 

Climate Mobilization leadership speaking out

Check out Margaret Klein Salamon, alongside George Lakoff, professor emeritus of cognitive science and linguistics at UC Berkeley, and Amanda Ravenhill, executive director at the Buckminster Fuller Institute for Climate One’s “Me vs. We: What Matters Most for Climate Action?” Speakers explored how we think about change, how our words shape our behavior, the impact of emotion on climate action, and whether factors like power, social status, and morality will affect the transition to a green economy. 

Appearing on the PDA Radio Podcast episode Casting your vote in the Age of the Climate Emergency, Salamon and TCM’s policy and strategy director Ezra Silk joined host Russell Greene of Progressive Democrats of America, director, writer and activist Josh Fox, and NASA data scientist Peter Kalmus. The episode focuses on the potential of current democratic candidates to address the Climate Emergency. Ezra and Margaret talk about the importance of whole-society Mobilization, evaluating the candidates, and endorsing Bernie Sanders as the best candidate to lead the United States toward a just mobilization, comprehensive enough to restore a safe climate for all life. 

Explore our candidate scorecard, our endorsement of Bernie Sanders, and the background for our endorsement in “Our Climate Mobilization Journey with Bernie Sanders” published in Common Dreams.

Climate Emergency wins big in the UK

UK Courts have ruled the construction of a long-planned third runway at London’s Heathrow airport to be illegal. In their ruling, judges cited the government’s failure to comply with its pledge to the Paris Climate Accord, along with the destructive climate impacts of the project, and concerns for air quality and noise pollution. Congratulations to organizers and advocates across Britain who worked on this effort.

Another airport expansion was shelved in Bristol, UK following a declaration of Climate Emergency by North Somerset Council.

In Fort William, Scotland a municipal declaration of Climate Emergency by the Highland Council led to a rejection of new regional gas supply pipelines, the most recent of which has been installed just last year. 

Book Launch

Facing the Climate Emergency: How to Transform Yourself with Climate Truth will launch in April from Climate Mobilization Project. The book is a self-help guide to reckoning with the powerful emotions that the Climate Emergency stirs in us, and choosing a path of meaningful action. Check out advance praise and read the first chapter at the book’s new website. All proceeds generated by the book will benefit the Climate Mobilization Project. 

Further Reading

Our thoughts are with the Wet’suwet’en of Canada and their long standing resistance against the proposed Coastal GasLink pipeline, which would cross their traditional, unceded lands in northern British Columbia. The Canadian Royal Mounted Police have treated First Nations protesters with brutality in past confrontations and Wet’suwet’en rights to their territory continue to be denied by Canadian authorities. 

Check out a powerful and timely call for philanthropy to declare a #ClimateEmergency and drastically increase their funding of the climate movement from Ellen Dorsey of the Wallace Global Fund.Special thanks to The Chronicle of Philanthropy for making this article publicly available.

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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.