CNN Town Hall Pushes Climate Emergency Discussion Forward, More Needed

BROOKLYN (August 5, 2019)—The Climate Mobilization, the nation’s leading advocate for a national WWII-scale climate mobilization to address the climate emergency issued the following statement regarding the groundbreaking climate town hall from CNN.

“The CNN Town hall was groundbreaking in the sense that the network committed seven hours to focus on the existential threat of our generation – climate emergency. This is the type of coverage needed to address this existential crisis that candidate after candidate acknowledged last night. It cannot be a one and done thing. This means we continue to demand the DNC move past their outdated, anachronistic values and holds a climate debate. What’s more important — political rules that are not reflected or even embraced by the leading Democratic candidates for president, who want to debate this issue, or protecting the country, humanity and the living world? Last night was great start but we still have a huge way to go before Americans wake up to the scope and extent of the climate emergency and make mobilization for a safe climate their overriding political priority.  We can’t let the climate emergency discussion get pushed to the back burner. Let’s keep it at the forefront of news coverage the same way we would do regarding any truly existential crisis threatening every person on the planet.”

Margaret Klein Salamon, founder and Executive Director of The Climate Mobilization and author of the forthcoming book Facing the Climate Emergency

A Brooklyn-based national group responsible for ushering in the call for a WWII-scale response to the climate emergency in the United States, The Climate Mobilization played a key role in the development of a resolution calling on Congress to declare a Climate Emergency. The concurrent resolution has gained 63 cosponsors in the House of Representatives, and 7 in the Senate – including six of the seven senators running for president.

In June, The Climate Mobilization issued a petition supported by more than 80 environmental and climate justice organizations calling on Congress to declare a climate emergency.  Nearly  990 governments in 18 countries have declared climate emergencies, including New York City, the largest city in the U.S. to do so.  Most recently New Haven, CT joined the list of American cities. In June, Los Angeles voted to create a new Office of Climate Emergency Mobilization and last month the city of Austin, Texas became the first US Southern city to declare a climate emergency. It was followed by Travis County, the 5th largest county in Texas. 

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