9 Years to Zero: Cities Take the Lead

Climate Emergency Movement

Congratulations to organizers in Richmond, Virginia, where a climate emergency declaration passed on September 13. Members of the city council expressed their commitment to turning the emergency declaration into real changes to bring down emissions and increase the resilience of the city. 

In total there have been 162 declarations of climate emergency in the United States, representing 12.73% of the country’s population. 

The city council of Los Angeles, which declared a climate emergency in 2018, unanimously approved a plan to transition to 100% clean energy by 2035 within the department of water and power. The transition is estimated to create 9500 jobs as the city transitions its natural gas power generation over to wind and solar. This transition has been facilitated by a National Renewable Energy Laboratory study which demonstrates how Los Angeles can complete the energy transition on the short time table, without interruptions to service.

Santa Ana, California passed a declaration of Climate Emergency on September 7. According to Grist the declaration “ensures that initiatives implemented to slow the climate crisis are paired with policies to mitigate economic inequalities, environmental injustices, and public health risks tied to pollution in vulnerable communities.”  

The organization Tourism Declares Climate Emergency is pushing for climate emergency declarations from tourism companies like hotels, tour operators and other groups, and offering blueprints for emissions reductions in the sector. 


Are you wondering how to line up your climate organizing work with the demands and leadership of Indigenous organizers? Do you want to learn more about how to be an ally to Indigenous communities? You’re invited to join Climate Mobilization Network for a two-session Allies and Accomplices workshop presented by Renée Millard-Chacon and Micaela Iron Shell-Dominguez of Spirit of the Sun.

First Session: Tonight!

Second Session: Wednesday October 6. 

Click here to register

From our supporters

One of our incredible supporters has created a petition asking the National Football League to tackle climate change. Please take 5 minutes to sign the petition to put some pressure on the NFL.

Climate Impacts

2.1 million Kenyans are in danger of starving to death as drought plague half the country. Asha Mohammad, the secretary general of the Kenya Red Cross, directly attributes the crisis to the climate emergency, calling for immediate and long-term change.

In a recent global study, over 56% of young people (ages 16-25) expressed extreme concern about humankind’s survival in the midst of the climate crisis. The strongest negative responses were from young adults in developing countries who are currently facing the worst of the climate emergency. 

Firefighters recently used aluminum blankets to protect sequoias in the Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park from raging wildfires, in an innovative move to protect these incredible trees. 

Good reads

A Swiss clothing maker pledges to transport its goods without carbon emissions within a decade. This article looks at how this small company’s ambitious promise could pressure the shipping industry to make changes.

The United States has joined the European Union in a commitment to reduce methane emissions 30% by 2030. Because methane is a greenhouse gas many times more powerful than carbon dioxide, reducing methane emissions is the fastest, most efficient way to limit global warming. Other nations are expected to sign onto this agreement during the COP26 Summit in November. 

The Fossil Free Finance Act introduced by representatives Mondaire Jones, Ayanna Pressley and Rashida Tlaib would phase out bank funding of the fossil fuel industry completely by 2030. 

Join Greenpeace US in their effort to raise awareness about the impacts of the climate emergency on the state level. Find out more about vulnerabilities in your state and send a postcard to your representatives: The 50 States in Climate Crisis.

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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.