National Climate Politics
We are pushing politicians to reckon with the truth and bringing the need for WWII-scale Climate Mobilization into the highest levels of government and politics.
December 2018: A coalition of Members of Congress, led by Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, attempts to adopt a resolution establishing a select committee focused on drafting a Green New Deal. This puts the concept of an economic mobilization focusing on a 10-year transition off of fossil fuels and to a just economy front and center on the political map.
October 15, 2018: Rep. Ocasio-Cortez calls for “wartime mobilization around climate change” on The Young Turks.
August 2018, the Democratic National Committee reaffirms their commitment to Emergency Climate Mobilization by passing a resolution calling for “a national social and economic mobilization” to “address the Climate Emergency” and “restore a safe climate.”
June 2018: TCM-endorsed candidate Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez wins her primary. Ocasio-Cortez signed our Pledge to Mobilize, and has made many public statements about the need for WWII-scale climate mobilization.
September 2017: TCM advises on the creation of the OFF Act mandating a transition by 100 percent renewables by 2035, introduced by Rep. Tulsi Gabbard.
April 23, 2017: TCM policy director Ezra Silk publishes criticism of the 100 by 50 Act, challenging lawmakers to go further, opening dialogue with bill sponsor Senator Merkley and other legislative offices.
July 22, 2016: Need for WWII climate mobilization officially adopted by the Democratic Party as part of the party platform thanks to TCM advisor Russell Greene, appointed to the platform committee by Bernie Sanders (ThinkProgress, Joe Romm).
January 30, 2016: TCM hosts a "Climate Emergency Caucus" in Iowa three days before the Iowa Caucus. Bernie Sanders wins in a landslide (Democracy Now).
Moving Local Governments
The Climate Mobilization launched our City by City campaign in 2017, laying the infrastructure for supporting local chapters or organizing teams who want to move their local governments to adopt a decade transition goal by providing research, policy, communications and tech support.
November 27, 2018, the City of Santa Cruz unanimously declares Climate Emergency and commits to advance the Climate Emergency movement.
October 30, 2018, the City of Oakland declares Climate Emergency and requests regional collaboration on an immediate Just Transition and emergency mobilization effort to restore a safe climate.
August 24th, 2018, Berkeley hosts the first-ever Climate Emergency Town Hall with elected leaders and sustainability officers representing cities in the Bay Area.
July 24, 2018 the City of Richmond in California unanimously declares Climate Emergency and resolves to work to advocate for a mass mobilization at the local, state, national, and global levels .
June 13th, 2018 Berkeley California unanimously declares Climate Emergency and calls for WWII-scale climate mobilization
May 4th, 2018, LA City Council Unanimously votes to explore Climate Emergency Mobilization Department. (CityWatch LA)
December 5, 2017: The county council of Montgomery County, MD-- representing more than 1 million people-- unanimously supports a resolution brought by TCM Montgomery County declaring a climate emergency and committing to an end to all emissions by 2035. The county’s previous targets had involved 80 percent reductions by 2050, accounting only for electricity. The move and TCM’s participation is covered in the Washington Post and picked up by the Associated Press, reaching over 50 outlets.
November 1, 2017: Hoboken, NJ city council unanimously passes a resolution committing to a decade transition to zero emissions brought by local TCM Hoboken chapter.
January 16, 2017: Los Angeles Councilmembers Paul Koretz and Bob Blumenfield introduce two motions to the council calling for the creation of a Climate Emergency Department tasked with coordinating an effort to radically reduce and remove greenhouse gas emissions citywide, and applying for state emergency funds for the effort. The motions are seconded by Councilmembers Mike Bonin and Jose Huizar, and receive statements of support from local and national climate leaders. (Climate Change News, Earther)
Moving the Movement
When the Climate Mobilization was founded at the People’s Climate March in 2014, there was no climate group publically organizing around the need for WWII-scale emergency speed transition (Yes, USA Today). Since then, we have worked to establish an active “emergency transition” wing of the climate movement. By raising the profile of these ideas in the public sphere, we have successfully influenced other organizations, and movement leaders to adopt more rapid timelines in line with the urgency of the crisis.
November 2018: Extinction Rebellion organizes multiple acts of protest and civil disobedience in London to highlight the climate emergency and call for WWII-scale mobilization.
November 27, 2018: Naomi Klein supports Rep. Ocasio-Cortez’s Green New Deal, calling it a “game changer” in the environmental movement.
November 22, 2018: The Pact for Transition and The Planet Goes to Parliament mobilize 50,000 people to march in Quebec to demand proactive political leadership on climate change.
November 13, 2018: The Sunrise Movement, Justice Democrats, and Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, protest outside of Rep. Nancy Pelosi’s office to demand the creation of a Select Committee for a Green New Deal.
October 11, 2018: The editors of the Portland Press Herald refer to the climate crisis as “our Pearl Harbor moment” and call for a unified, national-level response to the crisis.
September 2018: Hamilton 350 Ontario Canada begins a climate emergency campaign.
September 2018: As part of #RiseForClimate, 12 Climate Mobilization chapters ask local governments to respond to climate emergency, with 7 of them launching new campaigns.
July 2018: Santa Cruz Climate Action Network begins a climate emergency campaign.
June 2018: 350 groups in Bay Area work to support the climate emergency campaign in Berkeley California.
May 2018: the Sunrise Movement begins advocating a climate job-guarantee, a key policy in The Climate Mobilization’s Victory Plan.
January 2018: a coalition of Washington state climate groups launch the “Climate Countdown,” demanding an immediate halt to all fossil fuel infrastructure, and 100% renewable energy in ten years or less.
December 2017: 350 groups in the Montgomery County work to assist the climate emergency campaign in the Montgomery County.
November 3 and 4, 2017: over 80 leaders from across Los Angeles gather for a “Leap” convening to begin drafting an an intersectional people's platform to guide the Mobilize LA effort (reflections from Anthony Rogers Wright here).
June 2017: Naomi Klein embraces the call for WWII-scale mobilization, and the campaign to bring LA to zero emissions by 2025, speaking at the Mobilize LA launch press conference
June 1, 2017: Brand New Congress announces that its unified platform will include a WWII-scale mobilization to achieve 100% renewable energy in 10 years
August 16, 2016: Bill McKibben calls for WWII-scale climate mobilization in The New Republic.
July 16, 2016: Second National Climate Mobilization Day held across the US.
April 22, 2016: TCM members make news by holding a “Die-In” outside the signing of the Paris Agreement, highlighting that the targets outlined in the agreement spell death for many (Vice, New Republic).
September 2015: Publish "Moment of Truth for Your Climate Legacy” petition, calling for President Obama to make zero emissions by 2025 the United State's goal for Paris talks. The call circulates and gets sign ons from top environmental leaders, including Mark Ruffalo, Winona LaDuke, Tim DeChristopher and others (EnviroNews, Huffington Post).
June 2015: 15 chapters stage local events for 1st ever, "National Climate Mobilization Day."
March 2015: TCM San Diego chapter organizes 400+ person march in San Diego, demanding Climate Mobilization.
A major plank of the Climate Mobilization’s work has been contributing papers and research on topics including climate psychology, the specifics of what a climate mobilization would entail, and social movement theory.
2017: We publish draft implementation plans for eight cities including San Francisco, Boston, Atlanta and Madison by Lead Engineer John Mitchell, demonstrating how the cities could achieve net zero emissions within a decade
July 2017: TCM responds to the publication of David Wallace Wells “The Uninhabitable Earth” New York Magazine cover and the subsequent “hope vs. fear” controversy with an essay shared over 3,000 times and a recorded discussion which garnered over 1,000 views.
April 2017: After the election of Donald Trump, we publish “Blueprint for a Climate Emergency Movement” by Anya Grenier, exploring the current zeitgeist and the organizing and social movement theory that could help regular people kickstart the Mobilization.
2016: We publish “The Victory Plan” by Ezra Silk, a research paper demonstrating how the U.S. could eliminate greenhouse gas emissions and reverse ecological overshoot at wartime speed.
2016: We publish “Leading the Public into Emergency Mode” by Margaret Klein Salamon, PhD, which outlines the psychology of climate dissociation and denial and the importance of modeling a healthy emergency response.
2015: We publish “The Transformative Power of Climate Truth” by Margaret Klein Salamon, PhD, which makes a moral and strategic case for valuing and spreading the truth of the climate crisis.
2015: We publish “The Case for Climate Mobilization” laying out the reasons why we are already in a Climate Emergency and need to mobilize at emergency speed.
We have brought the need for WWII-scale Climate Mobilization into the press. Here are some key stories:
Rolling Stone Magazine covered the Artists Declare Climate Emergency event and Woolsey Fire benefit concert in January 2019.
A news story on Bristol’s plan to become carbon neutral by 2030, comparing the city to other TCM success stories in Berkeley, CA and Hoboken, NJ, published in the Guardian UK in November 2018.
A profile of TCM and its impact and an analysis of its strategy in The Trouble in August, 2018.
A news story on Montgomery County's declaration of Climate Emergency in The Washington Post in December 2017.
An interview with TCM founders Margaret Klein Salamon and Erza Silk in The Young Turks in October 2016.
A story explaining the idea of Climate Mobilization in The New Republic in August 2016.