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Climate Emergency Movement

The Climate Emergency Movement has reached a huge milestone: 1 billion people now live in a jurisdiction that has declared a climate emergency. These billion people are spread out within 34 nations, plus the 27 member states of the European Union. 18 individual national governments have made declarations. 

This is big progress, which aligns with the positive shifts happening in the U.S. toward climate action. We’ve seen increases in the amount of air time and attention given to climate solutions. Despite facing opposition in the Senate, the Biden Administration appears committed to pushing forward meaningful legislation. Many towns and cities across the U.S. are adopting climate action plans. Despite this good news, we know that the barriers to the kind of whole-society, whole-economy mobilization that we need remain very high, and change is not moving nearly fast enough. 

 

The advocacy of The Climate Mobilization is needed now more than ever. Our local campaigns are working hard to gather people together to demand that municipalities go beyond their declarations — that they adopt the Climate Emergency 2030 policy platform, consisting of policies that will lower emissions at emergency speed while ensuring that workers and frontline communities benefit from the transition. 

Our Climate Mobilization Network is a growing gathering-space for local climate emergency groups who have committed to advocating for just, emergency-speed mobilization. The network gives groups a chance to connect, share their work, and take action together. Anyone who is part of a group that may be interested in joining the Network can get in touch with Rebecca Harris at rebecca@climatemobilization.org for more information. 

Real Zero

A report from several advocacy groups, including Friends of the Earth International, shines a light on the practice of relying on “net zero” emissions in setting climate targets across all sectors. The report, titled The Big Con: How Big Polluters are advancing a “net zero” climate agenda to delay, deceive, and deny calls out governments and corporations for relying on dubious carbon offsets like geoengineering and carbon capture technology. These false solutions are dangerous or not yet proven on a large scale, and are a convenient way for industry to continue to pollute and avoid the radical, emergency-speed emissions cuts that the science demands. Common Dreams summarized the findings of the report.

The targets pushed by TCM since our founding call for “Real Zero” reductions by 2030, rejecting the “net zero” frame. The report echos this stance, stating “[t]he best, most proven approach to justly addressing the climate crisis is to significantly reduce emissions now in an equitable manner, bringing them close to Real Zero by 2030 at the latest.”

Thank you to our new sustainers

A huge thank you to everyone who gave to our Countdown to 2030 Campaign and an extra special thanks to our new sustainers! Our campaign raised over $13,000 towards bold, innovative climate action and 18 climate warriors have committed to monthly donations as we continue our paradigm-shifting work around the climate emergency. Thank you again, we could not do this without you! 


Climate Impacts and Obstruction

The Western United States is in the midst of an extraordinary drought. For those who live in California and other western states, even calling it a “drought” feels like a misrepresentation. More accurately, scientists are telling us that this is a “mega drought” brought on by the climate emergency. The Colorado River, which supplies water to 40 million Americans and farms in the South West, is perilously close to collapse. “We’re at a tipping point. It’s an existential issue for Arizona, California, Nevada. It’s just that simple,” Pat Mulroy, former head of the Southern Nevada Water Authority told CBS News

Our California-based team members are reporting even drier and more foreboding weather than last year. On the heels of the worst fire season in the history of California in 2020, wildfires are already burning in Arizona, where two different fires have burned more than 138,700 acres. 

In Congress, the future of the clean energy, electrification, and energy efficiency components of President Biden’s Infrastructure Bill are in question, as attempts to negotiate a compromise on infrastructure spending have broken down between Senate Republicans and the Biden Administration. Environmentalists fear that key provisions could be scrapped as consolations to Republicans and some Democrats, who are not negotiating in good faith and are delaying real progress under the guise of pursuing bipartisanship. According to Senator Bernie Sanders, efforts to move an infrastructure bill forward using budget reconciliation will continue.

In other news of delay and denial, utility companies, fearing financial losses as consumers purchase solar arrays for home energy generation, are seeking to tack on fees for home solar users and have successfully disincentivized the expansion of rooftop solar in many states. 


Resistance and Progress

Over 100 people have been arrested this week during a massive effort by tribal leaders and allied activists to block the Enbridge Line 3 Pipeline, slated to run from Canada through tribal lands and fragile ecosystems of Minnesota. Authorities are using harsh methods in an attempt to deter protestors. Groups like The Indigenous Environmental Network are demanding that President Biden #StopLine3,  #HonorTheTreaties, and block the expansion of the pipeline. 

This is only amplified by the recent Keystone XL pipeline victory: The pipeline project has been terminated as of June 9th and the Canadian pipeline company that was in charge of it will “continue to coordinate with regulators, stakeholders and Indigenous groups to meet its environmental and regulatory commitments and ensure a safe termination of and exit from the project.” Biden rescinded its construction permit on his first day in office, proving that he has the power to put pressure on fossil fuel companies to end projects that are environmental disasters. 

The British government is funding a £30 million project to look at natural methods of drawing carbon dioxide from the air, studying the relative effectiveness of trees, peat and other methods. This will be one of the largest studies of its kind. 


Supporting this work

Thank you for your continued interest in The Climate Mobilization and the Climate Emergency Movement. If you can support us with a donation, you’ll help us build community power across the US for emergency declarations and the Climate Emergency Programs that follow. 

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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.

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

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.