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 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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