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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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

Co-Leader and Director of Operations & Programs

Emmett manages operations and leads Climate Mobilization’s intersectional organizing around transportation justice, where he works with local community groups to build commitment, alignment and action among frontline constituents who rely on public transit and active transportation modes. He brings over a decade of experience collaborating with diverse stakeholders to activate power towards equitable, climate-friendly transportation systems, build mutual-aid-based community food systems, ensure equitable access to public lands, and mobilize resources towards a just transition. In 2021, Emmett developed an online platform for collaborative, community-scale visioning of a just, zero-carbon future. In 2022 he helped launch a transit riders union in Sonoma County, CA, which has engaged in mutual aid, storytelling, and a successful campaign to win fare-free buses and expanded frequency.

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

Co-Leader and Network & Movement Building Director

Mariyah is a first-generation Pakistani community organizer who is on a life-long journey of working to create alternative, anti-capitalist models of collective healing, popular education, community organizing, and revolution. She has been inspired by studying social movements and organizing in many movement ecosystems and geographies – most recently in Cape Town, Iowa, Puerto Rico, Atlanta, and currently in Los Angeles. At Climate Mobilization, she is a Network Organizer where she leads programming, coaching, and other resource development for a learning hub of 43+ local decarbonization and climate justice campaigns. She also develops strategy for youth, BIPOC-led, climate movements alongside the Network Support Team at Power Shift Network, and is currently leading a Pakistani collective spearheading political education on the need for climate reparations to the Global South and coordinating grassroots fundraising for Pakistan flood relief efforts. She also recently organized with the Asian Pacific Environmental Network to base-build in Wilmington and San Pedro alongside low-income API communities most impacted by extractive industries in Los Angeles.

Rebecca Harris

Co-Leader and Director of Resource Mobilization

Rebecca has been with Climate Mobilization since 2019 leading our organizing efforts. In this role, she has coached dozens of local climate groups, coordinated organizing trainings, and launched the campaign for a national Climate Emergency Declaration. In July 2021, she collaborated with Acton, MA residents to launch Housing and Climate Justice for Acton, a renters rights and climate justice group led by public housing and Section 8 renters and other low-income residents, and has already won several campaigns. Along with a history of social movement organizing, Rebecca previously worked as a journalist covering equity in Chicago public schools and as the 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.