City by City
The climate emergency, environmental injustice and ecological destruction threaten Californians right now. From wildfires and drought to toxic pollution and sea level rise, we face more lethal risks every day. And today, we are almost out of time.
Every day of business as usual guarantees more climate catastrophe: more displacement, flooding, and famine, bringing unimaginable suffering to residents of California and people all over the world. We can’t hide from the truth any longer: Global warming endanger our cities, our state, and life on Earth.
As more and more Californians recognize these facts, thousands are taking action to create a world where all of humanity can thrive.
As a result, more and more California governments are recognizing the existential risk of the Climate Emergency. These victories fill the void left by federal and state inaction on climate. They build our movement in three ways:
They generate momentum for local governments and residents to demand that state and federal officials take emergency action to restore a safe climate.
They create local solutions that eliminate greenhouse gas emissions and build a fairer economy, taking crucial steps toward a future of hope and community.
They break the deadly silence around the climate emergency by encouraging cities elsewhere to declare climate emergencies and commit it to responding at emergency speed to restore a safe climate.
And here is what we’ve learned: our cities can and must become advocates who mobilize their people, other cities, and higher levels of government to spark a national and global climate mobilization effort. To protect their residents, cities must become first responders to the global climate crisis. This means becoming regional, national and international leaders who act as climate guardians by working to get other governments on board with a climate emergency response.
This groundbreaking political opening is only possible because of months of determined organizing by dozens of organizations and hundreds of residents. Their hard work opens a window of opportunity for us to grow the climate emergency movement and pass similar measures around California.
City by city, we will shift California into climate emergency mode, energizing local governments to protect residents and people the world over from climate change. We will build momentum to pass a package of state laws that would harness the power and potential of all Californians to fight climate change at emergency speed. And once California launches a statewide mobilization to restore a safe climate, the whole U.S. could come next.
How far will the momentum from these victories spread?
That depends on you!
We welcome participation from individuals and organizations taking action to launch a climate emergency campaign in your part of the Golden State. You can share your actions and victories online using the hashtag #MobilizeCA. If you wish to officially endorse the Mobilize California campaign, or if you need resources or support beyond what’s offered in this toolkit, contact MobilizeCA@climatemobilization.org