Who We Are
Mission and Background
We are on a mission to initiate a WWII-scale mobilization to reverse global warming and the mass extinction of species in order to protect humanity and the natural world from climate catastrophe. We are an innovation lab focused on developing and launching frameworks, messaging, and organizing approaches to accelerate the global transition into “Emergency Mode” in order to reverse climate change and the ecological crisis.
The Climate Mobilization (TCM) is a 501(c)(4) nonprofit that develops and advocates for climate mobilization policies and engages in direct political work. Donations toward this work are not tax-deductible.
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Climate Mobilization Project (CMP) is a 501(c)(3) charitable organization dedicated to educating the public and growing a movement of people calling for a truth-based response to climate change that matches the scope, scale, and speed of the emergency. Donations toward this work are tax-deductible.
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We work to spark a mobilization in response to the climate emergency and to create a collective awakening around climate truth. This work takes various forms but is focused around three core verticals:
Climate Emergency: We deploy a scalable campaign to align organizations around a unifying framework that brings all levels of government—local, state, and national—to declare a climate emergency and implement programs for radical climate action.
Climate Truth: We develop and proliferate the psychological guidance to move people out of passivity and into “Emergency Mode,” bringing new heroes into the movement.
Climate Mobilization: We advise and build policy that guides decision-makers in deploying a massive climate mobilization to reshape the economy at emergency speed.
A declaration of a national Climate Emergency
A decade or shorter mobilization to zero greenhouse gas emissions for the entire economy (including electricity, transportation, industry, buildings, agriculture, and waste)
The mobilization to safe-climate economy must be a democratic, equitable and just transition for workers and frontline communities.
Setting a goal of rapidly restoring a safe climate, meaning returning global average temperatures to 0°C warming above pre-industrial levels (not 1.5°C, which is unsafe) as soon as possible
Implementing a massive, safe, and ecologically beneficial “drawdown” effort to remove all the excess warming gases from the atmosphere
The use of World War II–type policy instruments to transform the economy on an emergency basis, including a substantially increased federal government role in planning and steering industrial investment, providing jobs, allocating energy and materials, and managing demand
Parallel efforts to rapidly address the broader ecological crisis caused by the global economy’s overshoot of environmental limits
Moving the Movement
Prior to our founding in 2014, there was no climate group organizing around the need for WWII-scale emergency speed transition to a zero emissions just economy. Our work helped establish the demands of the “Climate Emergency Movement” wing of the broader climate movement. By raising the profile of the climate emergency and climate mobilization ideas in the public sphere, we have successfully influenced other organizations and movement leaders to adopt aggressive timelines and benchmarks that are in line with the urgency of the crisis.
Our Climate Emergency Campaign has spread globally and is now being championed by leading climate groups and hundreds of local governments that have declared Climate Emergency. Assertive wings of the Democratic Party as well as chapters of organizations such as 350.org and the Sierra Club have adopted our prescriptions as core demands. Congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez signed our Pledge to Mobilize and has been outspoken specifically for the need for emergency mobilization, in the form of a Green New Deal.
Democratic Party Primary and Platform
Our organizers successfully intervened in the 2016 Democratic primary elections, bringing WWII-scale Climate Mobilization into the discussion by successfully bringing presidential candidate Bernie Sanders (I-VT) to embrace the idea. In July 2016, the need for WWII-scale mobilization was adopted into the Democratic Party Platform thanks to our advisor and ally Russell Greene who was appointed to the platform committee by Bernie Sanders.
In August 2018, ahead of the midterm elections, the Democratic National Committee reaffirmed 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.” With this plank reaffirmed, mobilization is the official position of the party. Our goal now is to leverage this statement into concrete action.
Founding Executive Director
Margaret Klein Salamon is the founder and executive director of The Climate Mobilization. In this role she has helped catalyze a burgeoning worldwide climate emergency movement.
Margaret earned her PhD in clinical psychology from Adelphi University and also holds a BA in social anthropology from Harvard. Though she loved being a therapist, Margaret felt called to apply her psychological and anthropological knowledge to solving climate change. She is the author of The Transformative Power of Climate Truth and Leading the Public into Emergency Mode.
Her forthcoming book Transform Yourself with Climate Truth will help readers process the emotional, psychological elements of the climate crisis and rise to the challenge of our time.
Co-Founder, Strategy & Policy Director
Ezra Silk is Co-Founder and Strategy & Policy Director of The Climate Mobilization. After earning a bachelor’s degree in history from Wesleyan University in 2010, Ezra worked as a newspaper reporter covering local government affairs in Downeast and Southern Maine. He has reported for the Hartford Courant, the Bar Harbor Times and the Lakes Region Weekly.
Ezra co-founded The Climate Mobilization with Margaret Klein Salamon in 2014. Two years later, he published The Victory Plan, an influential exploration of how the federal government could organize and implement America’s fair share of a total mobilization to save civilization from the climate emergency and ecological overshoot that has informed the demands of the global Extinction Rebellion movement. Ezra supported TCM’s advisory board chair Russell Greene in drafting language that was added to the 2016 Democratic Party platform and 2018 Democratic National Committee platform declaring a “global climate emergency,” and calling for a mobilization on the scale of World War II in response. For the past two years, Ezra has worked closely with the Leap L.A. coalition and the Office of Councilmember Paul Koretz on building a partnership to launch a groundbreaking climate emergency mobilization program in the City of Los Angeles that also redresses the city’s long history of racial and economic oppression. Additionally, he works to spread the Climate Emergency Declarations campaign across the world.