Newsletter from The Climate Mobilization and the Climate Emergency Movement

Climate Emergency Movement 

Portland, Oregon declared a Climate Emergency on July 1. The declaration emphasizes support for vulnerable and marginalized communities through climate planning and programming, including a specific amendment to ensure that transportation decisions, like a recent freeway widening project, must be made equitably and through a community consultation process. 

As part of its emergency climate and resilience planning effort, the Montgomery County, MD chapter of TCM is organizing a monthly webinar series. The first webinar featured Ann Arbor, MI, sharing the story of how they declared a Climate Emergency and achieved widespread community participation in the development of their plan to fully decarbonize in a decade. The second webinar, “Leading with Vision: Imagining a Climate Positive and Resilient MoCo by 2030” is on July 14 at 7:30 PM Eastern, and will focus on detailed vision as a core of any climate planning process. Register for the webinar here.

Pipeline Victories

Three major pipeline projects are again stalled this week, creating expensive delays for pipeline companies and important victories for organizers, indigenous groups and all of those fighting for a safe climate.

In a huge win for the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe, the Cheyenne River Sioux Tribe, and the other plaintiffs, a district court ruled that the Dakota Access Pipeline must be drained and shut down in 30 days through at least 2021 in order to conduct an environmental review in accordance with the National Environmental Protection Act. The pipeline had been moving 570,000 barrels of oil per day.

Citing “legal uncertainty,” Dominion Energy and Duke Energy cancelled the Atlantic Coast natural gas pipeline that was to stretch hundreds of miles across West Virginia, Virginia and North Carolina. Pressure from Indigenous tribes and a wide range of organizers have delayed the project and nearly doubled its projected cost.

Finally, as of July 6, the Keystone XL pipeline project will remain blocked by a Supreme Court order which denies the use of the building permit for at least the remainder of this year. 

Record Heat

The Climate Emergency continues to intensify. Arctic ice is melting at a much faster rate than climate models had anticipated, causing alarm in the scientific community and impacting towns and cities in Siberia with heat waves, wildfires and melting permafrost.  

In the United States, Arizona is fighting a surge in COVID-19 cases, along with unprecedented wildfires

Climate Justice

We continue to watch with gratitude as organizers and dedicated Americans show up in cities across the country to protest police violence and institutional racism. Thank you to Tamara Toles O’Laughlin of 350.org for this powerful call to broaden the platforms of many environmental organizations to include racial justice. 

The Climate Mobilization in the News

The House Select Committee on the Climate Crisis released its climate plan last week, drawing praise from many Democrats and environmentalist groups. The Climate Mobilization was one of few critical voices, calling for a more aggressive timeline in line with what climate science demands. Research and Policy Director Laura Berry was quoted in The Guardian and Common Dreams criticizing the plan. “The Select Committee…had the opportunity to put forth a comprehensive plan to protect Americans from climate devastation, but the solutions proposed fail to meet the challenge of the existential planetary crisis we face. … Collectively, the proposals in the plan would only cut greenhouse gas emissions by 37% by 2030, and 88% by 2050, and are wholly inadequate to prevent the risk of catastrophic climate disruption.”

TCM deputy director Ezra Silk was quoted echoing Laura’s critique, and voicing hope that former Vice President Joe Biden, the Democratic Party’s presumed presidential nominee, “recognizes the urgency facing our world and commits to declaring a climate emergency within the first 100 days of his administration, includes a 2030 deadline for zero emissions, and releases a federal mobilization plan necessary to protect our nation.”

Margaret Klein Salamon, Executive Director of Climate Mobilization Project and Founder of The Climate Mobilization spoke to Klima, a climate action app, about processing climate emotions and taking action, even during the pandemic. Margaret also appeared in Humanity Rising: Global Solutions Summit Day 33 alongside author Daniel Pinchbeck and others to talk about solving the Climate Emergency.   

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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 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 Board President

Margaret is the founder of The Climate Mobilization (TCM) and Climate Mobilization Project (CMP) and helped catalyze a worldwide climate emergency movement through her work with both organizations. Margaret now serves as Climate Awakening Program Director. She is the author of Facing the Climate Emergency: How to Transform Yourself with Climate Truth (New Society Publishers, April 2020) and several influential essays. She is also a member of the Climate Emergency Fund’s Advisory Board. 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 the Climate Emergency.

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.