This past month gave us two glimpses into our future as a planet —one where catastrophic storms destroy vulnerable cities and farmland, and one where young people self-organize a global movement of hope and solidarity. We can still choose between these futures —and we hope you’ll join us in mobilizing for a livable planet.
Taking Back Tomorrow
Updates from the forefront of the Climate Emergency Movement.
San Francisco becomes the largest city in the region to declare climate emergency, joining Berkeley, Richmond, Oakland, Alameda, Hayward, and Fairfax in a growing regional coalition of cities set on a just transition and climate action at emergency speed. Chico, California, located in a region wracked by climate shocks in recent years, has also declared a climate emergency.
This time last year, only 2 local governments in the United States and a small handful of cities around the world had made a declaration of Climate Emergency. As of March 22, 2019, 413 local governments had declared a Climate Emergency and made a commitment to rapid, just transition away from fossil fuels.
The past few weeks have seen huge, hopeful developments toward mobilizing the United States to address the Climate Emergency. We’re pleased to share a snapshot of recent developments like the youth climate strike, recent press about the Climate Emergency Movement, civil disobedience, and the Green New Deal.
The Green New Deal has moved from the fringes to the center of the conversation for Democratic presidential hopefuls. Read statements from the candidates here.
The Green New Deal resolution, introduced today by Senator Ed Markey and Congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez is the most realistic and important statement to date by national leaders in the United States regarding the severity of the Climate Emergency and the opportunity to address this crisis through an economic and social mobilization, at a scale and speed not seen since World War II.
Welcome to the Climate Emergency Movement Newsletter. In this regular update, we’ll highlight successful direct action by climate activists who are building local momentum for a global transformation. We hope you’ll read more about these amazing activists’ work and join where you can and however you can.
Cities across the globe are in various stages of planning for declarations of Climate Emergency. Read about recent declarations from Vancouver, Canada, Hayward, California, and Cornwall and Lambeth in the United Kingdom.
We can imagine a Jenga game labeled with all the things that make civilization possible. Instead of A, B, AA, etc the blocks could say things like, “wheat yields,” “water access” “public health” and so on. When the climate crisis damages too many of these, the whole tower will fall: civilization itself will collapse.