1 Billion People, One Voice

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 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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Zakaria Kronemer

Climate Survival Farming and Food Sovereignty Coordinator

Zakaria Kronemer is a farmer from Richmond, Virginia with roots in community organizing and climate activism. In 2017, he began working with farmers and other communities in rural Virginia to develop a robust campaign against the construction of two fracked-gas pipelines. It was through this struggle —and the relationships built along the way—that connections between food, land, and climate justice were revealed to him. He teamed up with other BIPOC farmers and set out to build an alternative, regional food-system founded on sovereignty, security, ecological stewardship, and human dignity. Zakaria most recently worked as a field manager and program lead with Real Roots Food Systems—an emerging organization striving to increase participation in our food system. He envisions a food system that people can meaningfully participate in without needing to become a farmer, chef, or professional, in which nutrient-dense, healing food is not a luxury or a lifestyle, but a right.

Daisy Carter

Kentucky Movement Incubation Coordinator

Daisy Carter (she/they) is a New Orleans native, queer multi-disciplinary artist and climate justice organizer working at the intersections of mutual aid, disaster resiliency, African-American herbalism, and grassroots organizing. Daisy is inspired by the black radical movements of the so-called U.S and African diaspora, reimagining what healing + self-determination look like for frontline, BIPOC (black, brown, and people of color) communities who are most vulnerable to climate disaster. For the past few years, they have been organizing around mutual aid, environmental + climate justice, and building BIPOC and marginalized leadership throughout Kentucky. In 2021, they founded Rise and Shine, a community-led mutual aid organization building power and solidarity with low-income, BIPOC, LGBTQ+, and other marginalized communities in Bowling Green, Kentucky and beyond. She has also led numerous political campaigns, direct actions, and led outreach + communications strategy for organizations such as The Sierra Club, Kentuckians for the Commonwealth, and the Poor People’s Campaign: A National Call for a Moral Revival. At the Climate Mobilization, she is supporting programming, the development of the Movement Incubation Program, and the creation of climate survival outreach projects.

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 mass movement. 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 started as 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 recently developed strategy for youth, BIPOC-led, climate movements alongside the Network Support Team at Power Shift Network, and 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. Mariyah has spent the past 7 years leading campaigns for Just Transition, abolition, food sovereignty, housing justice, undocumented workers’ organizing, reproductive justice, and Palestine solidarity as well as being involved in mutual aid projects, across more than 15 geographies.


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.