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News from The Climate Mobilization and the Climate Emergency Movement

Climate Emergency Declarations

New analysis demonstrates that the COVID-19 emergency is rooted within the larger context of global trends of ecological destruction, habitat loss, and warming temperatures

Despite the many hardships brought on by the COVID-19 pandemic, organizers continue to push for declarations of Climate Emergency and policies that will create a just, rapid transition to address the Climate Emergency. To date there have been 1,493 declarations of Climate Emergency worldwide within 30 countries. The global population living in a jurisdiction that has declared Climate Emergency is 829,280,700 people, with the most recent declaration coming from Glen Eira City Council, VIC, Australia (May 5th, 2020). 

New opportunities for organizing and resisting continue to evolve, as fossil fuel companies jockey for government bailouts, and frontline communities, some already more vulnerable to coronavirus due to negative health effects of pollution and economic inequality, face descrimination and police brutality in the era of social distancing. 

Climate and COVID-19

Academics and journalists are exploring the rapid social and political changes brought on by global pandemic. In the midst of multiple planetary emergencies, it is clear that we cannot go back to “normal”, but must find a way to go “beyond” normal to reverse global warming and ecological crises to protect all life on our planet. 

In a positive turn toward sustainability in the midst of crisis, cities like Seattle and Milan are exploring how to use the transition out of the COVID-19 crisis to make green improvements to transit. In Brussels, officials are expanding bike lanes and lowering speed limits for cars to encourage biking and walking. In Pakistan, workers laid off during the pandemic are being hired by the government to plant trees. 

Extreme Heat

The Climate Emergency is already pushing ambient temperatures beyond the limits of the human body’s tolerance during certain times of the year. A new study finds that extreme heat events have arrived earlier than feared, with the frequency of “wet bulb” temperatures exceeding between 27°C and 35°C having doubled since 1979. The regions most impacted include the Middle East, Southeast Asia, and the Southeast United States. 

Climate Psychology

Executive Director Margaret Klein Salamon continues to speak in the media about our new book Facing the Climate Emergency: The Transformative Power of Climate Truth. Margaret appeared on the Changemakers Podcast this week to discuss the book, emergency mode, and building a movement for transformational change. She is also featured in an interview with The Good Grief Network podcast around turning painful feelings into activism and igniting our personal call to action. 

Long reads

In a reminder of the emergency nature of the situation, the New Republic explores climate anxiety and compares it with the very real and immediate physical threat the Climate Emergency poses to so many around the globe: Your Climate Anxiety Is Another Person’s Existential Crisis.

The Thomson Reuters Foundation News highlights an international call for bold changes in energy policy to revive the economy after the pandemic and equitably transition the world away from fossil fuels towards renewable energy: It’s time for a fossil fuel non-proliferation treaty.

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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.