If you’re reading this newsletter, you probably have been following the Build Back Better legislation and COP26 and like us you are probably feeling frustrated and disheartened. We get it, we are right there with you, but it has also made us realize why our work at Climate Mobilization is more important than ever.
We know that we are at a critical moment where we need a radical shift away from fossil fuels by 2030 to stay below 1.5℃ and survive — the damage that is already occurring and the risk of unstoppable heating are unacceptable. Our federal government and international negotiations are doing too little — soon it will be too late. We need a Climate Mobilization now.
Over the coming weeks, we’ll be sharing more about our work and asking for your support at this crucial moment in human history. Our small but very scrappy organization fills a key role in the effort to avoid collapse and we need you, now more than ever, to keep us strong and in the fight. Thank you for your engagement and support of Climate Mobilization.
Climate Emergency Movement
The Board of Legislators in Westchester County, NY voted to declare a climate emergency on October 18, 2021. This brings the global total to 2046 declarations of climate emergency. From Argentina to Japan, London to New York City — advocating for climate emergency declarations across the globe brings organizers and activists together to push for transformative change.
In a transformational policy win, the city of Ithaca, New York has decided to electrify ALL 6,000 buildings in their jurisdiction — including privately owned buildings — by 2030. Ithaca is funding the initiative through a mixture of rebates, private equity, donations, and state and federal funding. The Brooklyn-based company BlocPower will be managing the transition for the city. This is a perfect example of the scale needed to transition off of fossil fuels at emergency speed, and an approach that every local government can use as a guide.
Climate Mobilization Network
In this overwhelming time of multiple crises and disasters, we’re looking at how organizers and organizations can balance responding to immediate needs with pushing for long term change, while leaning on each other and working in collaboration. Join us
on November 29 at 4pm Pacific/ 7pm Eastern for a virtual conversation with José Bravo, the Executive Director of Just Transition Alliance, and Allen Myers, the Executive Director of Regenerating Paradise as we talk about organizing in response to economic crisis and climate disasters.
Just Transition Alliance is a coalition of environmental justice and labor organizations. Together with frontline workers, and community members who live along the fence-line of polluting industries, Just Transition Alliance creates healthy workplaces and communities.
Regenerating Paradise is working to lead the transformation of Paradise, California in the wake of the Camp Fire. The organization recently released the short film A Message from the Future of Paradise, which puts forward a vision for a disaster-resilient community that ensures housing and employment for survivors.
California has passed a bill to ban gas-powered lawn maintenance equipment by 2024, including leaf blowers, mowers and other machines. This bill is a first of its kind, which promises to reduce air and noise pollution, improve air quality and cut carbon emissions. Critics claim that the $30M in aid to small businesses will not provide enough financial support to help lawn care companies make the transition.
Thanks to a $5.6 million grant from the Federal Transit Administration, the city of Chapel Hill, NC has been able to purchase a fleet of electric busses and cars to serve its public transportation needs.
Midwestern states Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, Minnesota and Wisconsin have created a coalition to facilitate vehicle electrification across the region. The plan will facilitate the adoption of electric vehicles, promising more charging stations and collaboration on regulations and even production of EVs. The coalition acknowledges the need for equity during this massive transportation transition.
In a stark reminder of the importance of urgent advocacy for climate justice and a just transition, a new report shows that rich Nations like the United States and Canada are spending 15 times more money on militarized barriers to keep out climate migrants than on the emissions reductions and mitigation measures that would tackle climate change. Learn more about this report here.
From increased flooding to increased deaths from heat waves, record heat in Florida, especially in Miami, is expected to have a massive impact on the state. Due to the climate emergency, the number of deadly hot days is expected to quadruple if nothing is done.