Our Impact

Helping lead the fight to mobilize governments and society to restore a safe climate.

More than 11,000 scientists have warned the world about the climate emergency.

Oxford Dictionaries named Climate Emergency the word of the year in 2019.

The Guardian and other media outlets have updated their style guides to match the urgency of the crisis. 

Climate Mobilization Project has achieved these crucial impacts through proliferating our distributed organizing model across the U.S. and catalyzing the Climate Emergency Movement.

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U.S. Governments have declared a Climate Emergency

Local Climate Emergency Action

In just 3 years, more than 125 cities, counties, and other jurisdictions in the United States have passed a formal declaration of Climate Emergency — a critical first step in acknowledging the emergency situation that climate disruption poses to communities and ecosystems across the planet. Climate Emergency organizing has helped advance ambitious local climate action across the U.S. beyond the goals of the Paris Agreement — 30 localities that have declared a Climate Emergency have also committed to reaching zero emissions by 2030.

Key Local Wins

The Climate Mobilization chapter in Hoboken, New Jersey was first to declare a climate emergency in 2017, and has been critical to the campaigns that have stopped two fracked gas power plants from being built in Northern New Jersey. In Kearney, NJ Transit is now exploring a 100% renewables microgrid after 15 municipalities and 13 state legislators followed the Hoboken City Council’s opposition to the fossil fuel project. 

After declaring a climate emergency in 2018, Berkeley, California banned gas infrastructure in new buildings in 2019, citing their declaration. This was foundational to the building electrification movement that has moved into several other states. The Sierra Club shows 38 additional municipalities that are phasing out natural gas in buildings in California. Now, a coalition of nearly 70 companies, either headquartered or with operations in California, is urging the governor and the energy commission to enact all-electric codes for residential and commercial buildings in California starting in 2022. 

New York City passed their “Climate Mobilization Act,” in April 2019, the United States’ most ambitious local climate action initiative to date, according to a new policy scorecard by the American Council for an Energy Efficient Economy (ACEEE). The Act imposes significant financial penalties of any buildings that fail to rapidly cut greenhouse gas emissions via energy efficiency upgrades, targeting the city’s largest driver of emissions. The ACEEE scorecard ranked climate action from 100 U.S. cities; 11 of the top twenty cities on the scorecard have adopted our framework and declared a climate emergency.

Join the fight to protect humanity and restore a safe climate.

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


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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