Impact

The Climate Mobilization has been on the vanguard of the climate movement for the past 5 years. We have succeeded in fundamentally transforming climate politics, including leading the climate movement into “emergency mode” drastically raising its honesty, expectations and enthusiasm.

Table of Contents

Media Coverage
National Climate Politics
Moving Local Governments
Moving the Movement
Thought Leadership

Media Coverage

US News and World Report covered the local Climate Emergency Declaration campaign in August, 2019.

The New York Times covered the New York City Climate Emergency Declaration and our work in July, 2019.

The New Yorker wrote in favor of the congressional Climate Emergency Declaration that we helped introduce in July 2019.

Rolling Stone Magazine covered the Artists Declare Climate Emergency event and Woolsey Fire benefit concert in January, 2019.

See more coverage here.

National Climate Politics

We have brought the need for WWII-scale Climate Mobilization into the highest levels of government and politics.

  • October 2019, the Climate Emergency Declaration resolution has 78 cosponsors in the House of Representatives

  • August, 2019, Bernie Sanders releases his climate platform, committing 16 trillion to a WWII-scale climate mobilization. Other Presidential candidates, like Marianne Williamson and Tom Steyer, are discussing the need for emergency mobilization of the economy as well. 

  • July 2019, Bernie Sanders, Alexandria Ocasio Cortez, and Earl Blumenhour introduce a Declaration of Climate Emergency into congress, after months of behind-the-scenes collaboration.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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).

  • April 16, 2016 Bernie Sanders calls for WWII-scale climate mobilization in Brooklyn Debate with Hillary Clinton (he had also discusses the concept during an MSNBC Town Hall on March 14).

  • 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 Climate Emergency Campaign in 2017, laying the infrastructure for supporting local chapters or organizing teams who want to move their local governments into “emergency mode.” Now more than 1000 cities have Declared a Climate Emergency!

 
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  • September, 2019: More than 1000 global cities have declared Climate Emergency! 

  • September, 2019: We roll out  Ban, Plan & Expand, our guidance for cities after they declare a Climate Emergency 

  • December 2018: London declares a Climate Emergency

  • September 2018: The Climate Mobilization advised Extinction Rebellion organizers to use the Climate Emergency tactic as part of their rebellion.

  • June 2018: After organizing from The Climate Mobilization, Berkeley California unanimously declares Climate Emergency and calls for WWII-scale climate mobilization , inspiring Richmond and Oakland to Declare Climate Emergency in the following months

  • December 2017: The county council of Montgomery County, MD -- representing more than 1 million people -- unanimously supports a Climate Emergency Declaration brought by TCM Montgomery County committing to reaching zero emissions by 2035. The county’s previous targets had involved 80 percent reductions by 2050.

  • November 2017: Hoboken, NJ city council unanimously passes a Climate Emergency Declaration committing to a decade transition to zero emissions brought by local TCM Hoboken chapter.

  • January 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. (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 mobilization to zero emissions (Yes, USA Today).

For the first 4 years of our existence, we remained relatively lonely, working with individuals or local chapters of other organizations who were ready to take to move beyond gradualism and into “emergency mode.” In late 2018, the Climate Emergency Movement had a huge breakthrough, with Extinction Rebellion shutting shutting down 5 bridges in London, demanding zero emissions at emergency speed and AOC and Sunrise occupying Nancy Pelosi’s office and demanding a Green New Deal! In 2019, we saw a rapid acceleration of the youth climate movement, which is firmly in the Climate Emergency paradigm.

  • 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. The Climate Mobilization worked with them for months in advance.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • May 2018: the Sunrise Movement begins advocating a climate job-guarantee, a key policy in The Climate Mobilization’s Victory Plan.

  • 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

  • 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.

Thought Leadership

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.

  1. May 2019: we publish an updated Leading the Public into Emergency Mode: Introducing the Climate Emergency Movement 

  2. February, 2019: we publish an updated Transformative Power of Climate Truth: Ecological Awakening in the Trump Age

  3. 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.

  4. 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.

  5. 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.

  6. 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.

  7. 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.