10 Years to Zero: News from The Climate Emergency Movement

CE Movement Updates:

As we approach the end of 2020, the number of climate emergency declarations across the globe continues to grow despite the upheaval and restrictions posed by the COVID-19 pandemic — from 1309 declarations in January 2020 to 1844 declarations today. In the United States, 127 governments have adopted climate emergency declarations.

Congratulations to Climate Emergency organizers in Novato, California, where the Novato Town Council voted unanimously on November 10th to adopt a climate emergency declaration and hold community workshops on greenhouse gas emissions reductions. Following this declaration victory, organizers are continuing to push the Novato city council toward more aggressive targets, including the elimination of carbon dioxide emissions by 2030. 

Check out a round up of the latest climate emergency declaration numbers here

US Climate Politics

Although Donald Trump continues to refuse to concede, the 2020 election has been called for Joe Biden and Kamala Harris. The Biden transition team has emphasized that climate change will be at the top of the Biden-Harris agenda, and progressive groups Sunrise Movement and Justice Democrats have launched the Climate Mandate campaign to hold President Biden accountable to the emergency-speed, federal climate action we need — including the establishment of an executive-level Office of Climate Mobilization to coordinate action. TCM has endorsed the Climate Mandate platform.

In spite of the gutting of the Voting Rights Act in 2013 and an increase of voter suppression in the state, a concentrated effort led by black women to empower voters (and especially black voters) in Georgia has successfully led to the traditionally red state flipping to blue in the 2020 Presidential election. Now all eyes are still on Georgia as their two run-off Senate races will determine who has control of the Senate, which in turn could determine how aggressively the Biden administration can push through climate policy. 

The Climate Mobilization’s #CountTheVotes/Hold onto Democracy campaign, held in the weeks leading up to the U.S. national election, brought together organizers from across the country to demand a fair election. TCM supporters sent photos for our social media action, attended our kickoff livestream and held actions in seven different states. Our team texted over 16,000 people with information about joining the Election Defenders and reminders to vote. Special thanks to all those who took action to protect this critical election.

Extreme Weather and Climate Disasters

With record concentrations of greenhouse gasses in the atmosphere, 2020 is on track to be the hottest year on record even without an El Niño event, which typically contributes to warmer temperatures. Higher temperatures have meant that the Arctic is not refreezing, even this late in the season. 

Our hearts are heavy thinking about those affected by this year’s record-breaking hurricane and typhoon season. In the Philippines, Typhoon Vamco has brought the worst flooding the region around Manila has seen in 45 years.

In Central America, Hurricane Iota, a Category 4 storm, has made landfall just days after Hurricane Eta, another Category 4 storm, caused flooding and damage to Nicaragua and beyond. 

Photo: NOAA/Dakota Smith

Connect with TCM

Join the Montgomery County, Maryland chapter of The Climate Mobilization, for their webinar Prospects for climate action at the federal and state levels in 2021 on Sunday, November 22nd at 3pm Eastern. The webinar will feature Representative for Maryland’s 8th Congressional District, Jamie Raskin. Click here to register.

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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.