Climate Truth

Facing the Climate Emergency

An existential crisis is unfolding around us and humanity must change course or perish. Yet we have been living in a trance of collective denial. It’s up to us to help society wake up.

Yes, we’re facing catastrophic breakdown of our climate. Yes, it’s terrifying. But you don’t have to be paralyzed by your fear, grief, and other painful feelings.

You can use your pain to transform yourself, your friends, and the world. 

Our goal is to help you maximize your potential to meet the greatest challenge humanity has ever faced.

A new genre:

A radical self-help guide for reckoning with the climate emergency

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“Margaret Klein Salamon is an invaluable guide to this new moment.”
-Bill McKibben

Co-Founder, 350.org
“A movement has been born, and Margaret’s voice played an early role in helping to bring it into existence.”
-Varshini Prakash

Executive Director & Co-Founder, Sunrise Movement
“Margaret’s prescient writing and unflinching honesty helped to inform much of the psychological groundwork that underpins the work and philosophies of XR and the entire climate emergency movement.”
-Gail Bradbrook

Co-Founder, Extinction Rebellion
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5 Steps of the journey

Step 1

Face Climate Truth

Inside all of us, a battle rages. It’s the battle between knowing and not knowing, between fully facing the truth — emotionally, as well as intellectually — and shrinking from it. Ask yourself, “What is my priority?” Would you rather protect yourself from painful knowledge or protect yourself, your family, and the entire human family from the actual climate emergency? A truth, even a painful truth, is powerful.

Step 2

Welcome Fear, Grief, and Other Painful Feelings

Facing the climate emergency is hard. But your pain is a signal — it’s telling you something critically important. You must work through your fear, grief, anger, guilt, and all the feelings you’ve repressed. Only then will you escape the control these feelings have over you. Only then will you shake off their numbing and paralytic effect and be able to use their power to transform yourself and our society.

Step 3

Reimagine Your Life Story

Who are you? Why are you here? What is your purpose? The climate emergency challenges the answers we thought we had and invites us to revisit them anew. Right now, humanity needs as many heroes as it can get. This designation might feel over the top. It might make you uncomfortable. But everything in your life, including your most painful challenges, has prepared you for this role. Will you join the team?

Step 4

Understand and Enter Emergency Mode

Humans are social animals. The way we respond to threats is highly contagious. The goal of the climate emergency movement must be to collectively and immediately lead the public out of “normal mode” and into emergency mode. Emergency mode describes how individuals and groups function optimally during an existential crisis and especially how they are able achieve incredible feats through intensely focused motivation and collaboration toward a clear, top priority of tackling the emergency.

Step 5

Join the Climate Emergency Movement

Once you’ve mourned your loses and built emotional muscle, you will be ready to join the team rising to save humanity and the natural world. We are a movement transforming fear and grief into real and meaningful action. By joining the climate emergency movement, you are choosing the heroic road over the easy road; you are choosing mission over self.

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Inside all of us, a battle rages. It’s the battle between knowing and not knowing, between fully facing the truth — emotionally, as well as intellectually — and shrinking from it.

James Streit

Board Member

James has been working in banking and finance for over 25 years, most recently as a senior portfolio manager in Bank of America’s corporate treasury department. Prior to his current 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 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.

Eytan Lenko

Board Member
Eytan is an Australian technology entrepreneur and clean-energy transition advocate. He is on the Board of Directors of the Australian Environmental Grantmakers Network and is Board Chair of Beyond Zero Emissions, a non-profit research and education organization developing blueprints for the implementation of climate change solutions. Eytan co-founded Outware — a mobile strategy, design, and development company — and grew it from a team of three to over 250. He has a BE in computer engineering and a BS in computer science from the University of Melbourne and a graduate certificate in sustainability from Swinburne University of Technology.

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.

Christine Milne, AO

Board Member

Christine is an Australian politician who served as a Senator for Tasmania from 2005-2015. Christine was the first woman to lead the parliamentary caucus of the Australian Greens from 2012 to 2015. In 2018, she was appointed as an Officer of the Order of Australia: “For distinguished service to the Australian and Tasmanian Parliaments, and through domestic and global contributions to the protection and preservation of the natural environment.” The author of An Activist Life, Christine earned a BA in Australian history and a Certificate of Education from the University of Tasmania.

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