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8 Years to Zero: Updates from The Climate Mobilization

Climate Mobilization News

Thank you to everyone who attended our March 30th Climate Mobilization Network meeting, and a special thanks to Anna Siegel of Maine Youth for Climate Justice, and Zack Burley from The Climate Mobilization, for sharing their wisdom with our Network members on overcoming funding challenges to implementing radical local climate action. 

If you are interested in accessing a recording of the meeting, hearing more about our Network resources, or coming to our next quarterly meeting, please email us! If there are topics you would like to amplify nationally through our Network, we’d love to hear from you.  

In the absence of major federal funding for a mobilization-scale response to the climate emergency, the failure of Build Back Better and the lack of national leadership on climate, we are partnering with organizations making local change and training new organizers to push for policies that bring benefits to historically marginalized communities and eliminate fossil fuels at the same time.

The Climate Mobilization team in Sonoma County, California is forming a transit riders union to build power for demanding the low-carbon transit system people need and deserve. The team canvassed bus riders this past week to learn more about their priorities.  

 

In Acton, MA, Housing and Climate Justice for Acton, an organization of renters and condo residents that we support, held a rally in late March urging the Town to create more resources for renters. At Acton’s May Town Meeting, the group hopes to pass an Electric Vehicle Charging for All agenda item asking the Town to add electric car charging stations to apartment and condo building parking lots.

Team Spotlight


Meet Zack Burley, our policy analyst. 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.

Volunteer roles

We are looking for friendly, dedicated volunteers to help grow our Climate Mobilization Network! We need experienced organizers to support us as Network Climate Campaign Coaches, to mentor volunteer-led climate groups organizing local climate campaigns in cities across the U.S. We are in need of Regional Network Recruitment Coordinators to help us expand our membership base by identifying and doing initial outreach to climate action groups — with a focus on groups that are under–resourced, need support with their campaign and policy work, and/or are led by frontline communities. If you are interested in making connections, consider joining us as a volunteer Network Peer Learning Facilitator to help us facilitate connections and learning across the Network and between Network groups. 

If you are interested in applying for these positions, please fill out our volunteer application, or send an email to mariyah@climatemobilization.org

Stories informing our work 

Though the news was inundated with discussions of the Oscars when it was released, we’d like to see the IPCC report on the front page of every newspaper. This report sounds the alarm, and provides guidance on the bold, urgent changes we must make to avoid catastrophic outcomes. 

The Governor of California has proposed distributing $100 million to tribes in California to buy back privately owned land. The proposal aims to put more land under the stewardship of Native people, and take a small step toward returning land stolen from California’s nearly 200 tribes. 

Rather than using funds from the Biden Administration’s American Rescue Plan Act to benefit Californians through climate-friendly infrastructure improvements or aid to communities, California used a huge percentage of their relief dollars to fund policing.  

Big banks have been touting their climate pledges, but continue to invest in ever-riskier fossil fuel projects and are completely ignoring their (albeit weak, net-zero) commitments.

In case you missed it: Bill Mckibben argues that fossil fuels prop up autocratic governments, while renewable energy is more democratic. 

Behavioral scientists have found that having access to energy sources has a positive impact on well-being, as measured by factors like health, longevity and happiness. A new study demonstrates, however, that gains level off at rates of access lower than what is consumed in the U.S. and other wealthy nations, showing that we could cut energy consumption considerably without experiencing declines in well-being.  

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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

Climate Mobilization Network Contractor

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

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.

Meghann Beer

Growth Strategy Manager
As our growth strategy manager Meghann brings more than 20 years of nonprofit management and fundraising experience to The Climate Mobilization. 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

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.