Statement on the Democratic National Committee Refusal to Hold Climate Debate

BROOKLYN (August 23, 2019) — The nation’s leading advocate for a national climate emergency and WWII-scale climate mobilization, The Climate Mobilization, issued the following statement regarding the Democratic National Committee’s decision yesterday to vote down a resolution calling for a climate debate.

“We are in terrible danger, and the DNC won’t even talk about it. The climate emergency threatens every aspect of our society and world and if there are members of the Democratic National Committee who don’t understand this, it represents a failure of leadership. Many of the Democratic candidates grasp the threat to humanity and the living world and are moving accordingly, however; there remains far too many members of the DNC acting in the role of ‘climate deniers’ refusing to treat this like the emergency it is. Only WWII-scale mobilization can protect us at this late hour.. This is a watershed moment for our nation and our world, either the DNC fulfills its role as leaders and stewards of progressive politics by changing with the times or face the wrath of younger and more progressive voters who are refusing to allow our planet to burn on their watch.” 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 including Mothers Out Front, Extinction Rebellion, Progressive Democrats of America, calling on Congress to declare a climate emergency in the U.S.  More than 950 governments in 18 countries across the world have declared a climate emergency, including New York City, the largest city in the U.S. to do so.  In June, Los Angeles voted to create a new Office of Climate Emergency Mobilization and recently the city of Austin, Texas became the first US Southern city to declare a climate emergency. 


Matt Renner