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Smoke, Flooding and a Chance to Take Action

Fires, Smoke, and Extreme Weather

It has been a terrifying few weeks as we watch the impacts of the climate emergency unfold across the country and throughout the world. We’ve seen the skies turn red in the San Francisco Bay Area from extreme fires across the West, with unprecedented fires continuing to burn throughout the West, including uncontrolled fires in Oregon and in the Los Angeles National Forest. Air quality across the region turned dangerously poor and is only now beginning to improve. Last week smoke from fires blew across the country through the midwest, and all the way to New York City

Meanwhile, hurricanes fueled by warming oceans are churning through the Atlantic and Gulf coasts one after another — so many now that we’ve run through the alphabet of named storms and on to Greek letters for only the second time since the naming of storms began in 1953. Damage from Hurricane Sally alone has reached an estimated $8 to $10 billion, primarily from widespread flooding and water damage. 

We are in a climate emergency, and this kind of calamity is only the beginning unless we act decisively with a massive, all-hands-on-deck Climate Mobilization. 

California Executive Order

Today Governor Gavin Newsom of California issued an executive order requiring that all new cars sold in the state after 2035 must be zero-emissions vehicles. Further, Newsom called on the California legislature to ban hydraulic fracking in the state.  

While a critical first step, this executive action does not go far enough to address the full spectrum emissions of the transportation sector, which make up half of California’s emissions, or the fossil fuel industry’s hold on California’s energy system.

ACTION ALERT – #ItTakesAMovement

Join The Climate Mobilization & Climate Emergency campaigns nationwide for a quick and easy action to kick off #ItTakesAMovement — an exciting new campaign to vote out Trump, inspire people to join Get Out the Vote efforts and defend what is left of U.S. democracy. The kickoff virtual action takes just 30 mins to complete and can be done on your own time, wherever you’re located. Click here to sign up and join the movement!

Montgomery County Spotlight

The Climate Mobilization Montgomery County is holding a speaker series to help locals engage the County government to act faster, bolder and much more inclusively in developing our county’s Emergency Climate Action & Resilience Plan (draft due in November 2020). Learn from their efforts during an online event next Tuesday, September 29 for Pathways to a Climate Positive County: Buildings, consumption and mobility.

Climate Emergency Movement 

Congratulations to organizers in Acton, Massachusetts and Tucson, Arizona, which declared a climate emergency on September 8th and 9th, respectively, both with a goal of reaching carbon neutrality by 2030. The declaration in Tucson, a city warming at the third-fastest rate in the country, puts particular emphasis on a just transition for marginalized communities who are already disproportionately affected by the negative impacts of the climate crisis. Contra Costa County also declared a climate emergency on September 22nd, commiting government officials to prepare for a Just Transition away from a fossil-fuelled local economy.

Globally, this movement has achieved 1779 declarations across 30 countries to date.

There is much more work to be done, but the Climate Emergency Movement continues to provide a unifying call to action for organizers across the globe to pressure governments to acknowledge the climate crisis, and take immediate, bold action to address it. 

New Research and Long Reads

Climate Mobilization allies Larry Edwards and Stan Cox have published an updated version of their Cap and Adapt proposal  — a “failsafe,” mobilization-scale plan for a managed decline of fossil fuel use and rapid transition to renewable energy system — in the journal Solutions this month. Read about Cap and Adapt here!

Read about how the environmental movement can become less dominated by white activists and more inclusive in The Guardian’s interviews with activists from across the US.

The New York Times details how Trump’s gutting of environmental protections has and will exacerbate the climate crisis if elected to a second term. 

Executive Director of Climate Mobilization Project, Margaret Klein Salamon, talks about changing the course of her life to fight the climate emergency in this article from Quartz.

Read about late Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsberg’s record of voting for climate protections in RBG’s death leaves a climate shaped hole in the supreme court from Grist. 

New polling finds that 75% of Americans want to hear about the connection between the climate emergency and the extreme weather disasters in the news. Climate Mobilization ally Genevieve Guenther, writing in The Boston Globe, explores why media outlets have been hesitant to link disasters to the climate crisis, and urges a shift to full reporting of the impacts of the climate crisis across sectors, from weather disasters to business, immigration, real estate and beyond.

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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.