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9 Years to Zero: 2000+ Declarations

Climate Emergency Movement

Last month the global count of climate emergency declarations reached 2,000 and continues to grow — there are currently 2,021 declarations worldwide. For a refresher on some of the critical policy impacts these declarations have helped spark, read the This is Not a Drill report.

This Evening join Alexandria Villaseñor, Mike Africa, Jr. & Daniel Aldana Cohen for On the Line, a powerful online event responding to the accelerating Climate Emergency, what General António Guterres called a “code red for humanity.” We’ve just received word that JD, a White Earth Anishinaabe Water Protector who organizes with Giniw Collective, will be joining tonight’s call to share updates and calls to action from the struggle against the Line 3 pipeline.

Sign up for On the Line Tonight

We’re hiring!

Climate Mobilization Project and The Climate Mobilization are hiring a Growth Strategy Manager for our fundraising team. We are seeking a dedicated and experienced fundraising lead to help us resource our work and cultivate and expand our network by leveraging the growing attention to climate emergency. Read the full job description here and email us at enlist@climatemobilization.org if you are interested!

Local Organizing Wins

Congratulations to Margo Sheppard of Fredericton, New Brunswick, Canada, who was elected to the Fredericton city council! Margo has been an organizer with The Climate Mobilization and was inspired to run for office to help tackle the climate emergency — she lists the achievement of a climate emergency declaration as one of her priorities for her time in office. We’re thrilled for Margo and can’t wait to see the good she will do in Fredericton and beyond!

Conservative Democrats Threaten Climate and Infrastructure Bill

A coalition of nine conservatives inside the House Democratic Caucus are threatening to derail the $3.5 Trillion spending package and weaken the Party’s hand in efforts to pass the budget through the reconciliation process. 

Their names are: Josh Gottheimer of New Jersey, Carolyn Bourdeaux of Georgia, Filemon Vela of Texas, Jared Golden of Maine, Henry Cuellar of Texas, Vicente Gonzalez of Texas, Ed Case of Hawaii, Jim Costa of California and Kurt Schrader of Oregon. You can read the letter they wrote to Speaker Pelosi here

Policy Update

The California Energy Commission unanimously approved a new energy plan proposal that will require builders to include solar power and battery storage in new commercial structures and high-rise residential projects. The plan would go into effect January 1, 2023 and could hypothetically reduce emissions over 30 years as much as if nearly 2.2. Million cars were taken off the road for a year. The proposal still has to be approved by the Building Standards Commission, most likely in December, and members of the Energy Commission are highly optimistic that it will be passed. 

Good Reads

The Biden Administration sends mixed messages on climate with infrastructure bill. From Politico.

Haven’t had a chance to dig into the IPCC report? Watch PhD student Miriam Nielsen explain the highlights

People across the US are experiencing poor air quality from wildfires in the West. Here’s a resource about coping with wildfire smoke

Beautiful, tragic images of devastation around the world: 50 photos of the climate emergency. 

Big oil is STILL blocking climate action. 

The Guardian offers this comprehensive exploration of the new gas station ban in Petaluma, CA, which is in Sonoma County, where all 10 local governments have declared a climate emergency.

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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.