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9 Years to Zero: Deadly Heat, Policy Solutions and Our Summer Series

Accelerating Climate Impacts

This past month has brought hellish reminders of the gravity of the climate emergency and the very real danger it brings. We’ve seen destructive heat waves in the Northwest, which cooked shellfish on the shore and is estimated to have killed more than a billion marine animals

Hundreds of people, including unhoused individuals, elderly people and farm workers, died in the US and Canada during the heatwave. 

Already an endangered species, salmon in the Sacramento river may not survive this summer’s heatwave as water temperatures rise beyond what the fish can tolerate. 

Extreme heat is bringing wildfires to the west, where air quality is poor and Native American tribal land is threatened. In Lytton, British Columbia temperatures reached 121 degrees fahrenheit in July, followed closely by a devastating fire that burned 90% of the town. 

In Pakistan, temperatures have risen to over 125 degrees fahrenheit. In this heat, combined with humidity, the body’s natural cooling system (sweat) no longer functions. In areas like Pakistan’s Sindh province, where air conditioning is scarce, heat can turn deadly for people who are left exposed. 

On the east coast of the US, New York City saw flooding from tropical storm Elsa that demonstrated vulnerabilities in public transit and aging infrastructure — commuters waded through contaminated water to get to subway platforms, and others were rescued from cars on flooded roadways.  

The climate emergency is making conditions unsafe for millions of people. We must act boldly and urgently to prevent far more devastating impacts. 

Climate Mobilization Summer Series

We’re kicking off our Climate Mobilization Summer Series with a conversation about building power through coalitions. Join us as we host Alex Easdale, Executive Director of Southeast Climate Energy Network, and Janet Zahn, organizer with the Grand Rapids Climate Resolution Coalition, on July 27th at 5pm Pacific, 8pm Eastern. Sign up today!

Founder Joins Climate Emergency Fund as Executive Director

We are thrilled to announce that Margaret Klein Salamon, our Founder and former Executive Director, was recently hired as Executive Director of the Climate Emergency Fund, where she’ll be leading the charge to channel money into grassroots organizations that are waking the public up to the climate emergency through protest and direct action. This important role gives Margaret a great opportunity to help influence philanthropy to treat climate as the emergency it is, and fund ultra-ambitious organizations and campaigns. Margaret has stepped down from her positions on the TCM and CMP Boards of Directors in order to focus on her new role. However, she’ll remain closely tied to us, with Climate Awakening still going strong. On that note, if you haven’t participated in a Climate Emotions Conversation yet, sign up for one now!

We can’t wait to see what she does at CEF!

Infrastructure Bill

Democrats in Congress have negotiated a $3.5 Trillion  spending package to supplement the bipartisan infrastructure bill, which needs the support of every Democratic Senator in order to pass. An analysis by the Congressional Budget Office is pending, as is final word on whether all Democratic senators, including West Virginia’s Joe Manchin, will be on board. 

Policy News

New home construction in Tucson, Arizona will have to include charging outlets for electric vehicles due to changes in building code passed this June. This change comes as part of City of Tucson’s Electric Vehicle Roadmap, which has been developed in response to Tucson’s declaration of climate emergency last year. The Tucson landfill is also getting a new name and a new mission in the city’s response: the Los Reales Landfill will now be known as the Los Reales Sustainability Campus and it will serve as a hub for sustainability-related activities to help the city achieve carbon-neutrality by 2030 and zero-waste by 2050. Details about this effort can be found in a presentation from the city

New Jersey has approved the largest off-shore wind installation in the U.S., which is projected to power over 1 million homes by the end of the decade. 

The legislature of the state of Maine has divested the state’s pension funds from fossil fuel investments, the first state government to take this step. In Maine a statewide ban on disposable plastic shopping bags has taken effect as of July 1, and a new bill signed by Maine governor Janet Mills this week will shift the cost of plastic packaging disposal by creating an Extended Producer Responsibility Program to charge waste producers and channel funding to local recycling programs. 

The state of New York has passed a bill to encourage the use of concrete that has a lower carbon footprint in new public-sector construction. Proponents of the bill hope that new infrastructure spending across the nation will employ materials with less environmental impact, particularly concrete, which contributes roughly 7% of global greenhouse gas emissions. 

After a disappointing attempt by democratic state legislators to ban hydraulic fracturing in California, Governor Gavin Newsom announced in April that he would use regulatory action to ban all new fracking permits in the state by 2024. In 2021 approvals for new wells have gone down 90%. Though fracking makes up a small percentage of fossil fuel extraction in California, banning the practice in the state would eliminate this heavily polluting practice and make California the largest oil-producing state to ban fracking. 

Good Reads

  1. Reuter’s hot list of top climate scientists disproportionately highlights Global North scientists, missing an opportunity to elevate research from the Global South and exposing a long-standing bias that has direct impacts on people living in the Global South. 
  1. As calls for reparations for African Americans gain traction, Tamara Toles O’laughlin makes the argument that climate reparations are an intractable part of Black Liberation.
  1. There is increasing research proving that perhaps one of the most effective technologies to combat rising temperature levels are trees. 
  1. Mostly due to deforestation for beef and soy production, scientists have confirmed that the Amazon has changed from carbon sink (a place that absorbs carbon) to carbon source, a truth that has enormous implications for global carbon levels. 

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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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

National Organizer

Emmett organizes local-scale mobilization for the Sonoma County campaign, while supporting Climate Mobilization’s organizing efforts around the country. He brings over a decade of experience collaborating with diverse stakeholders to build community food systems, ensure equitable access to public lands, and mobilize resources towards a just transition to an amazing zero carbon future. He graduated from Stanford with a BS in Earth Systems and MS in Urban Planning & Sustainable Design. Emmett enjoys growing food and cultivating relationships, riding bikes and buses, and reimagining our communities to better serve all the people living in them.

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

Network Organizer

Mariyah leads Climate Mobilization Network’s recruitment, coordination, and organizing support. She has organized across movements and is passionate about addressing white supremacy in the mainstream climate movement and building capacity for youth-led, BIPOC-led intersectional climate movements. She has been inspired by her experiences organizing to defund the police in Boston, supporting mutual aid and food sovereignty projects in Iowa, Atlanta, and Puerto Rico, and working on a Make Big Polluters Pay campaign. Mariyah worked as an organizer with the Bernie Sanders 2020 campaign and Planned Parenthood PAC. She graduated from Grinnell College with a Sociology degree.

Rebecca Harris

Co-Leader and Director of Organizing

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

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.