2023 Direction

Launching a movement to survive climate impacts, heal together and rise up against fossil fuels.

Our world is on fire. At 1.2ºC of planetary heating, climate devastation and extreme weather are already an existential threat to communities and ecosystems across the planet.

Join the fight for survival and justice.

The time for incremental change is over. We need visionary learning spaces, community plans to thrive despite disaster, and people-powered resistance to create an emergency phase out of fossil fuels from below. We need a movement for climate survival.

Visionary Learning Spaces

Partner organizations will receive the tools to carry out three types of work:

  • Climate crisis survival: Creating relationships and community plans so that people can survive, thrive and build power despite climate disasters

     

  • Healing: Intentional practices for healing in our movement organizations

     

  • Visionary people-powered direct action: Expanding changemakers’ access to direct action and strategy tools from other movements and from around the world

James Streit

Board Member

James has retired after working in banking and finance for over 30 years, most recently as a senior portfolio manager in Bank of America’s corporate treasury department. Prior to that role, James worked as a portfolio manager for a variety of entities, including Salomon Brothers and Credit Suisse, as well as smaller start-up firms. He has a longstanding interest in issues related to the climate crisis and its intersection with the financial industry.  He has supported organizations such as The Climate Mobilization and The Sierra Club in their efforts to bring about an appropriate response based on the best available science. James holds an MA in physics and a BA in physics and mathematics from Columbia University, and is a CFA charterholder.

Shuo Peskoe-Yang

Board Member
Shuo is a non-profit strategy and research specialist whose areas of specialty include diversity, equity, and inclusion; movement and coalition building; organizational planning and development; campaign strategy and tactics; fundraising; and quantitative and qualitative research. He is a current member of Resource Generation and is a former Senior Researcher at Corporate Accountability and Teaching Assistant at George Mason University. Shuo received his BS in neuroscience from the University of Delaware.

Michél Legendre

Board Member
Michél (he/him) is an immigrant from Trinidad and Tobago of Afro and Indo-Caribbean ancestry. Currently he is a non-profit consultant and board member for Power Shift Network.
 
Michél believes deeply in the transformative importance of abolition, a transition of justice and equity from the harmful extractive economies of today, and the need to ensure support for the marginalized communities that are leading the movements for justice. He has supported movements for local food and housing justice in Boston. Michél also served on the steering committee from 2016 to 2019 for the Boston People’s Climate Mobilization which helped shape the 2017 Boston PCM rally and the community-building that followed.  In 2019, he helped organize a gathering of men’s work groups in Boston unlearning patriarchy and building a feminist community among men. Since 2019 Michél participated in the participatory budgeting processes for New Economy Coalition’s Black Solidarity Economy Fund and as a seed grant reader for the New England Grassroots Environmental Fund. He previously served as Campaign Director for Corporate Accountability and Worth Rises. Michél currently lives in Bushwick (unceded lands of the Lenape people), New York. 

Margaret Klein Salamon, PhD

President

Margaret is the founder of The Climate Mobilization (TCM) and Climate Mobilization Project (CMP) and helped catalyze a worldwide climate emergency movement through her work with both organizations. Margaret now serves as Board President and Climate Awakening Program Director. She is the author of Facing the Climate Emergency: How to Transform Yourself with Climate Truth (New Society Publishers, April 2020) and several influential essays. She is also a member of the Climate Emergency Fund’s Advisory Board. Margaret earned her PhD in clinical psychology from Adelphi University and 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 the Climate Emergency.

Matt Renner

Board Member

Matt Renner was born and raised in Berkeley and now lives in Richmond, California and is a father to an awesome three-year-old. 

He serves as Vice President of
Seneca Solar, a new tribally owned renewable energy and Earth-healing solutions company. The company is owned and controlled by the Seneca Nation of Indians, who have tasked it with profitably and equitably delivering innovative renewable energy solutions that heal the Earth.

In his spare time, he pulls his son around in a trailer behind his ebike, works in the garden, and tries to bring media attention to the rolling disaster that is the Chevron oil refinery in Richmond. 

Matt has worked as a nonprofit executive in clean energy, climate policy, and journalism for over a decade, focusing on the near-term social and economic impacts of climate change. Matt earned his bachelor’s degree in political science from UC Berkeley.

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