Calling all climate voters, and other news from The Climate Mobilization

Image above: The Climate Mobilization’s #CountTheVotes campaign banner drop in Miami, Florida — one of many such banners hanging across the U.S. to challenge a post-election power grab by President Trump.

With less than a week left until the November 3rd election, TCM is now encouraging supporters to drop off absentee ballots or to vote in person to ensure each ballot is received before 8pm on Election Day. If you haven’t yet sent your absentee ballot, you risk your vote not being counted due to mail delays and  — the U.S. Postal Service has only guaranteed delivery of ballots if they are mailed at least one week before state deadlines

Climate Emergency Movement Updates

The Climate Emergency Movement continues to make steady gains, adding towns in Cape Cod, Massachusetts and Southern Maine this month. The total number of declarations of climate emergency worldwide now totals 1,814 within 30 countries. 

The mayor of Berkeley, California, a leading city that declared a climate emergency in 2018, is urging voters to approve Measure HH, which provides funding for the city’s Climate Equity Action Fund. The Fund would provide home retrofits along with vouchers and rebates for green transportation alternatives like electric cars and public transit, including special consideration of low income residents.

In victory for activists from Food and Water Watch Action, The Climate Mobilization North Jersey Chapter, and allied groups who worked tirelessly to oppose the project, plans to open a fracked gas power plant in Northern New Jersey were scrapped last week by the New Jersey Transit Board. The board is planning, with community input, for a renewable energy alternative. The victory is projected to prevent 571,000 tons of additional carbon and air pollution and to protect environmental justice in Black, brown, and low income communities in NJ.

Extreme weather and climate science

Colorado authorities are calling the history-making, catastrophic fires that have already burned more than 400,000 acres across the state their “new normal” and the climate emergency is to blame. Our failure to address the climate emergency has not only resulted in a drier, hotter climate in the West, but has also hindered efforts to fight the fires due to the global covid-19 pandemic — a public health emergency whose causes are themselves rooted in ecological destruction and a warming world

Scientists are sounding the alarm as much of the seasonal sea ice across the Artic has yet to form in late October, the latest re-freeze since record-keeping began.

Image from @ZLabe

US Politics and Elections

The Senate, after a deeply partisan 52-48 vote, has confirmed conservative Judge Amy Coney Barret to join the Supreme Court, cementing the 6-3 rightwing majority on the highest court in the land. During her confirmation hearings, she asserted, “I don’t think my views on global warming or climate change are relevant to the job I would do as a judge.” Barret’s confirmation has signaled to the climate activists that even under a Biden Administration, federal climate action will remain under attack by a conservative judicial majority — and that local and state governments will be more important than ever to enact the changes we need. 

Last week, TCM activists dropped banners and created public art in cities across the United States (like Duluth, MN), taking action to Hold Onto Democracy and #CountTheVotes. Now is the time to figure out how to take action in your city on Election Day and Beyond. Get training on how you can help your community with The Frontline, The DC De-escalation Collective, or Election Defenders.

Read TCM ally Mary Annaïse Heglar’s latest piece in The New Republic on what’s at stake this November 3rd: The Whole World Is on the Ballot

Connect with TCM and Allies:

Post-Election Community Sharing & Support Session:

It’s a scary time. We’re speeding toward an election in which Trump will do everything he can to hold onto power. To help the community process the uncertainty and move forward together, TCM founder and clinical psychologist Margaret Klein Salamon will be holding a sharing & support session on Sunday, November 8th at 7pm Eastern, 4pm Pacific. We will hold space to share and process our emotions, and propose concrete actions that each of us can take to protect Democracy. Register here!

Advice Column:

Having trouble coping with everything that’s going on right now? Check out Margaret’s latest advice column at Psychology Today to learn how to welcome your difficult emotions and build emotional muscle to increase resiliency in the face of accelerating crises.

Climate Communicators Symposium:

The CLEO Institute, in partnership with The University of Miami’s Miller School of Medicine, is pleased to host its 10th Annual Empowering Capable Climate Communicators Symposium virtually, welcoming experts and guests from across the world, for a 3-day discussion on climate and health. Tickets on sale NOW! Contact The CLEO Institute for information about student and teacher discounts. 

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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.

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.