News from The Climate Mobilization and The Climate Emergency Movement

The COVID-19 global pandemic has altered life in every corner of the world and has brought anxiety, uncertainty and hardship to so many. We are watching with great concern for loved ones, for vulnerable people in our communities, and for all people impacted by this crisis. Despite our individual isolation, we feel the care and solidarity of so many in the Climate Emergency community and hope for good health and wellbeing for all. 

COVID-19 best practices for organizers

In-person Climate Emergency gatherings have been suspended, but this time of physical distancing will give us space to rethink how we build power and connect with others. This collection of organizing tactics has helpful and relevant hints beginning at the bottom of page 4. Powerlabs offers this resource for organizers as we respond to the events of the last two weeks. Here is general guidance from the United Nations and World Health Organization, and a message from Vox Media, posted by the CDC, both good summaries of best practices to help “flatten the curve” and keep ourselves and vulnerable neighbors safe. 

Mobilization news

Writers and thinkers are beginning to draw on the lessons of the massive response to coronavirus, as well as the missteps, as they relate to the Mobilization needed to take on the Climate Emergency. 

Forbes and Fast Company look at what it would mean to face the Climate Emergency with the same speed and urgency that we’ve dedicated to fighting coronavirus. 

This analysis from Common Dreamsdemonstrates how we’ve arrived at this global pandemic so unprepared to address it, and points up the political changes we must make to strengthen our society for the climate crisis. 

Check out the op-ed by This is Zero Hour founder Jamie Margolin linking the coronavirus response to the rapid, whole society Mobilization we must undertake on climate. 

The Long Read

Take a look at this vision of a national climate mobilization effort published in Democracy Journal, from members of Jay Inslee’s staff and Green New Deal architect Rhiana Gunn-Wright. The article takes a detailed lens to how successful federal mobilization-style approach to the Climate Emergency would be supported by new federal and state agencies, providing a clear pathway toward rapidly eliminating greenhouse gas emissions across the economy and a Just Transition for American communities.

Climate Emergency Declaration Update

The global population under Climate Emergency continues to grow, now reaching 829,280,700 people in 28 countries. Welcome to San Diego, California, which declared Climate Emergency on March 10 by full council vote. Shout out to organizers in Canada, who have  recently passed 500 declarations across the nation, with recent declarations from Shippagan, New Brunswick, and Clarington, Ontario.  

Stay tuned for more online opportunities for action, sharing, and creative organizing in the weeks to come. Thank you for your support and dedication to this movement.  

Be well and take care,
The Climate Mobilization Team

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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 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.

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

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.