Jean Arnold

ATL has created a grassroots response that meets the scope, scale, and urgency of the climate crisis.

  • published Extraction Art in Blog 2021-10-31 17:47:39 -0700


    A ravenous, yet decrepit cyborg – part machine, part zombie – lurches onward as it is programmed to do. Its hunger is so insatiable that it eats its own flesh; it eats its offspring; and it eats the future. The catabolic effects are inescapable and its death rattle reverberates for miles. An entire city lives inside this beast. Yet in this late hour, inhabitants put their heads down and carry-on as usual, for they are all dependent upon this monster for their very own food, water, and shelter. No one dares utter a stray word, until the day one brave soul holds up a mirror that reveals who they have become.

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  • published Protect Thacker Pass in TAKE ACTION 2021-03-01 06:58:49 -0800

    Stand Against Thacker Pass Lithium Mine


    On January 15th, activists Max Wilbert and Will Falk launched a protest on pristine land in northwest Nevada (Northern Paiute / Western Shoshone territory), slated for destruction on behalf of “green” industry.

    In the final days of the Trump administration, the BLM fast-tracked the approval of a lithium mine in northwest Nevada, at Thacker Pass.

    Lithium Americas Corporation, a Canadian-based company, plans to blow up this pass, extract millions of tons of stone, and build an array of infrastructure to process this into lithium, with harsh chemicals like sulfuric acid trucked in from oil refineries. Along the way, they will build vast mountains of toxic tailings, leaching heavy metals and uranium into what groundwater remains after they pump nearly 1.5 billion gallons per year into their industrial machinery.

    And they have the gall to call this GREEN!!!

    This wild and beautiful place has some of the best remaining old-growth sagebrush habitat and is home to many wild creatures, including the most iconic of Western species, the critically endangered greater sage grouse. This area is part of a wildlife management unit that is home to 5-8% of the total remaining sage grouse on the planet. Crosby’s Buckwheat, a rare desert wildflower, lives in this project area. Several creeks here host threatened Lahontan cutthroat trout, and nearby springs are the only home of King’s River pyrg (a critically endangered snail).

    From BRIGHT GREEN LIES co-author Max Wilbert:

    We want to resist this project because it is emblematic of the lies that are being sold to us about so-called “green” technology. This company and many others are trying to convince us that if we just switch to electric cars, the destruction of the planet and global warming will be fixed. This could not be further from the truth. So we're here to push back against this specific mining project, as well as the entire narrative of "green" technology, and to try to build and strengthen a movement that has its allegiance to the land, to Mother Earth, and to the other beings with whom we share this planet.

    As the author of a new book BRIGHT GREEN LIES that examines the failures of so-called green technology, I know these issues well — and lithium is a distraction that allows us to maintain the illusion that a modern, wasteful, high-energy lifestyle can (or should) be maintained, not a solution. We will not solve the problems caused by destroying and consuming the living planet by further destroying and consuming the living planet.

    Donate to fund the grassroots resistance and defend this land.

    Support the resistance in other ways -- join the protest or help provide needed supplies.

    Learn more about Thacker Pass and the proposed mine's impacts here and here.

    Learn more about the new book BRIGHT GREEN LIES.

  • published What Can Individuals Do? in Responding 2020-05-20 09:31:05 -0700

    What Can We Individuals Do?

    Understand the interconnected, converging climate and ecological crises. Commit to facing the truth, even though it is difficult. See past your own set worldview; allow yourself to be challenged. Learn to see past the many delusions that obscure reality. We cannot arrive at effective actions without grasping our true situation. Our Situation page and our free e-book “Delusions and Contradictions” are relevant resources.

    Understand the real constraints humanity faces. These crises are not problems we can solve – they are predicaments to be endured and responded to. It is too late for “solving problems”. The proper question is how do we survive and endure within the constraints that are real and compounding.

    Learn to discern delusional responses. Some responses will be more effective than others – ideas will have more chance of becoming adopted if they are already understood and part of the conversation.

    See your own place within the tribal divisions. Attempt to genuinely see the limitations and delusions of your own tribe, beyond focusing on the faults of the “other side”.

    Understand that this system was not inevitable and that humans are not innately bad. While we are influenced by this system, we are capable of responding in a wise, just, and cooperative manner. 

    Understand your own complicity in this system. See that we are all participants in this system, and be willing to admit that to others. Your own imperfections are not hypocrisies when you genuinely advocate for change. We all have contradictions by the very nature of living in a system that is drastically in overshoot.

    Understand that individual action is not sufficient. This system causes impacts that are far beyond those of each person. Transforming the structure within which we operate is more impactful than changing personal habits.

    Simplify your life to the extent possible. Do this for several reasons: (1) to lessen your impact on the planet, knowing that individual action is not sufficient, (2) to minimize your own demands on this system, (3) to minimize your involvement in the system (thus decreasing your own complicity), (4) do it for your own integrity, and (5) to be better prepared for the difficult times ahead.

    Initiate conversations with others. COVID has changed the context and created an openness to new possibilities. The space for fruitful conversations is opening up. Seize the opportunities, and be prepared for rejection. Remember that in times of great stress, reactions are “all over the map”.

    Get support. It is too difficult to face these challenges on one’s own. Create community with like-minded others. Organizing is helpful, and honest interactions with sympatico friends is necessary for development.

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  • published Responding 2018-05-09 21:16:59 -0700

    Responding: Essential Actions

    Free e-book


    Learn about the “Hydra-Headed Delusion Dragon” that has the world caught in its spell, and how we can combat its multi-headed delusions and threats.

    Download and read ATL’s free e-book Climate and Ecological Delusions and Contradictions That Will Rapidly End Humanity…Unless... .

    Delusions and Contradictions provides the basis for why we need to trigger a wide spread alarm and how we can achieve it.

    The world is in a genuine climate and ecological emergency, yet this is not perceived, understood, or discussed. We must quickly get the emergency into the news cycle and conversation. The case is overwhelming for a Climate and Ecological Emergency Campaign as an overriding national priority. The aim is zero emissions within a decade in the US, feasible with an all-out mobilization—that is, a restructuring of our economy at rapid speed. Mobilization of our nation’s people, resources, and economy to slash our fossil fuel use is necessary for a viable future.

    We must quickly drive an open, factual national conversation, to achieve a US consensus on this climate mobilization as quickly as possible. Public engagement must be galvanized through: (1) an extensive warning initiative, and (2) civil discourse gatherings so that Americans perceive the Realities facing all of us.

    For climate stabilization well under 2°C, we must start now to reduce US greenhouse gas emissions by about 10 percent each year, until fossil fuel phase-out is complete in a decade, and globally in fifteen years, quickly transitioning from fossil fuels to low carbon energy.

    To achieve this, several essential actions are now needed: 

    • Price carbon pollution and remove fossil fuel subsidies. To drive broad-based emissions reductions, we must account for the true societal costs of fossil fuels.
    • Keep fossil fuels in the ground. Oppose their exploration, development, new infrastructure, and export through collective action. There is no remaining carbon budget.
    • Face the truth about renewable energy. They will not power our Industrialized world – we need to understand what they can and cannot do, and build a different world in line with those realities.
    • Assist developing nations so that they “leap-frog” fossil fuel development. 
    • Reduce carbon levels in the atmosphere. Invest globally in reforestation, biochar, land/soil restoration, and agroecology.
    • The US must lead. The US must embrace the 1.5-2°C limit, and lead the global low carbon mobilization. Fossil fuel reductions must begin now in industrialized nations,[1] and within a few years in developing nations.[2]

    Enacting effective policies to facilitate this transition within a decade will, in effect, catalyze a culture-wide mobilization effort. The first step is to get the emergency situation into the cultural conversation, so the emergency is perceived, declared, and acted upon with an Emergency Climate Mobilization. This is the aim of the Climate Emergency Coalition.


    The COVID crisis shows that humans can and do rise above fear and respond quickly. People have cooperated and sacrificed for the whole.

    The climate movement has mistakenly believed that people would panic, become paralyzed, or fall into resignation if they understood the looming climate threat. The widespread notion that people panic in emergencies is not corroborated by evidence, research, or human behavior. 

    Research shows that we behave cooperatively and rapidly—even with extraordinary teamwork and collaboration—when trained or given accurate information about disasters and constructive response options. Emergency mode involves an intense focus of attention and resources on responding effectively to address the emergency.

    So awakening citizens to the danger and providing responses that deal with the scope, scale and urgency of the crisis is necessary. If that is done effectively, we can expect constructive cooperation and mobilization to avert climate catastrophe.

    Knowing what to do and preparing facilitates “eustress” (a positive form of stress) in emergencies. The seemingly impossible can be accomplished in extreme situations when emotion, purpose, and enthusiasm are combined.

    Some emergencies last years, and we are in such a “long emergency” now. Examples have included: wars, the Great Depression, nations under occupation, and collapsing empires. In long emergencies, a combination of purpose, pacing, and persistence is needed. Human societies have often exhibited heroic persistence in very long emergencies, even when situations were very dire.

    Humans evolved in tribes, and group success was vital to the survival of each individual. Very importantly, it’s within our nature to work together in groups.


    The type of emergency response needed in our situation is called mobilization. 

    What is mobilization?  Mobilization is a coming together as a people with a common cause—an emergency restructuring of a modern industrial economy. It involves everyone and impacts all areas of society—a comprehensive societal and industrial metamorphosis.

    Mobilization summons a sense of collective destiny and moral purpose. Importantly, mobilization is not a blind use of government control. Rather, this is a particular strategy that guides the economy away from petro-consumerism towards a complete fossil fuels phase-out and transformation to a zero-carbon society. 

    We are calling for a society-wide Emergency Climate Mobilization aiming to achieve zero carbon emissions in the US within a decade and globally in fifteen years. We see this as the fastest possible phase-out of fossil fuels in a “long emergency” mobilization mode, in which we can achieve far more than what is now commonly thought as possible.

    Beyond the Alarm and Awakening

    After a general alarm is sounded and national / international efforts are engaged, then the strategies involve community / state efforts to move from alarm to local and community actions consistent with international and national effective actions that will drive local systems back to ecological balance and viability. 

    Although the nature of comprehensive change will encourage people to work individually / locally, it is critical to understand that without the national and international-level response, local / state level actions will not make enough difference by themselves to salvage a viable future and viable humanity into the 22nd century. 

    Similarly, local practices are actually futile without broadcasting positive local strategies, and without being able to access “best practices toward livability and future viability.” Therefore, after a national / international alarm and awakening, the positive action steps taken in innumerable local / state systems must be broadcast universally so that best practices can be emulated and spread. 

    [1] As Kevin Anderson, professor of energy and climate change at the University of Manchester notes, this fundamentally rewrites the chronology of climate change from long-term gradual to urgent and radical, "Reframing Climate Change: How recent emission trends & the latest science change the debate." David Roberts notes the “brutal logic” of climate change. 

    [2] Emissions reductions must occur sooner in developed nations, given our historical contribution to the problem and our capacity to innovate and remediate.



  • published MacArthur’s Award in Blog 2016-06-22 14:31:10 -0700

    MacArthur’s $100M Award: Can Philanthropy Be David To The Fossil Fuel Goliath?

    Today we already live in the middle of a genuine climate emergency. Yet is this perceived, understood, or discussed anywhere? Despite the overwhelming case, little is being done to eliminate the fossil fuel Goliath and stabilize our climate.

    With government gridlocked and business even adding more sand to the gears, policy responses are ridiculously inadequate. Can Philanthropy be the David to the fossil fuel’s Goliath? Where else can we find the influence and resources that could fulfill a David role and support a coordinated, broad-based people’s campaign? Who else could create the “slingshot heard round-the-world” to down the behemoth? 

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  • posted about Emergency Petition on Facebook 2016-04-22 11:02:14 -0700
    We need Declaration of Global Warming State of Emergency! Sign petition:


    See the petition and notable signers below


    293 signatures

    We, the citizens of our nation and of our Earth, are endowed with certain rights, powers, and obligations, which demand we act both individually and collectively to protect and preserve the ongoing evolution of life on Earth, including our future generations.

    Based upon a preponderance of scientific evidence we recognize our global climate is rapidly warming and becoming increasingly unstable due to human-caused carbon pollution from the burning of fossil fuels. If we do not change course before global warming tipping points are crossed, this destabilization of our climate will continue to cause ever-increasing suffering and potentially irreversible devastation for both current and future generations. If left unresolved, it could cause the extinction, or near extinction, of the human species.

    We further recognize that rapidly escalating global warming and its consequent climate destabilization is the greatest currently active threat to the security of all nations, comparable in scope of impact to global nuclear war. Escalating average global temperature rises will lead to destabilization affecting first millions, then billions of people forced to deal with ongoing climate catastrophes, food and other resource depletion, and mass migrations.

    Nearly all of the major problems our world faces today worsen and multiply due to escalating global warming. All of the ecological, economic and political problems listed below will cross-intensify and therefore worsen as average global temperatures rises.

    • Food and resource depletion
    • Severe droughts, floods, and wildfires
    • Rising sea levels
    • Water pollution and water table loss
    • Desertification and deforestation
    • Ocean fish stock depletions
    • Growing economic inequity, poverty, and instability
    • Political instability and injustice
    • War and regional conflicts
    • Increasing potential of pandemics and other health crises

    Despite 30 years of education, study, and discussion about the possible irreversible effects of human-caused carbon and methane pollution of our atmosphere, global warming temperatures have escalated to levels that may have already passed or be close to passing global warming tipping points with impacts that are irreversible. We must immediately reverse the continued rise of average global temperature by decreasing human-caused production of greenhouse gases from the burning of fossil fuels.

    Failure to resolve global warming for ourselves and future generations is simply not a survivable option.

    As global citizens of every nation on Earth, we ask you, our national leaders, to initiate the necessary steps to formally declare a national and international global warming State of Emergency, calling for the immediate allocation of the needed research, resources, personnel, and interventions to quickly resolve this State of Emergency and sustainably protect, preserve, and advance the continued evolution of humanity and life on Earth.  

    By signing this petition, I pledge to act together with others as one human family to acknowledge and resolve the escalating global warming-caused climate destabilization crisis.

    When we reach the required number of petition signatures for each area, we will submit the petition with all signatures to: (1) the incoming President and the members of both houses of US Congress, and (2) governing bodies of other nations (if you provide your nationality).




    Vinit Allen, Founder & Executive Director, Sustainable World Coalition

    Steve Bhaerman, Co-author of "Spontaneous Evolution: Our Positive Future and a Way to Get There From Here" and political satirist

    Philip  Bogdonoff,  Director, Washington DC Chapter of Biodiversity for a Livable Climate

    Russell Brockhurst, Project Team Leader, Caterpillar of Australia, Ltd

    Karen Cisler, Secretary-Treasurer, PSR-TN [TN Chapter of Physicians for Social Responsibility];  member, Air Quality Board, State of TN Department of Environmental Conservation

    Cliff Cockerham, PhD, Chair, TN Chapter of the Sierra Club;  President, PSR-TN; Climate Mobilization Volunteer International Organizer in the Americas

    Siobhan Colombo, Faculty of Science & Engineering,  Queensland University of Technology, Australia

    John Cooksey, Writer/Director/Producer, "How to Boil a Frog"

    Raymond Cummings, PhD, Professor Emeritus, Villanova University

    Kathy Dervin, Senior Consultant, Center for Climate Change & Health

    Soumya Dutta, National Convenor - Bharat Jan Vigyan Jatha (translates to - India people's science campaign) and Convenor - Climate & Energy Group, Beyond Copenhagen collective, India

    Rev. Michael Dowd, Pro-Future Evangelist

    Hans Ehrbar, PhD, Professor of Economics - retired, University of Utah

    Duane Elgin, Author of "Voluntary Simplicity"

    Dave Ewoldt, Co-founder & Senior Analyst, Coalitions for Mutual Endeavor

    Peter Fiekowsky, Founder, The Healthy Climate Project; Lead Volunteer & Founder, CCL's 100-Year Planning Group

    Len Finegold, PhD, Professor of Biophysics - retired, Drexel University

    Dr.  Katherine Forrest, MD, MPH, Co-Founder & former President, The Commonweal Institute;  Board Member of The Peninsular Democratic Coalition [PDC] and founding member of PDC's Climate Action Group 

    Len Frenkel, Author, "Will We Survive Climate Change?: One Last Chance"

    Valerie Gardner, Founder & Executive Director, Climate Coalition     

    Russell Greene, President, PDA-People Demanding Action & is the leading climate activist of Progressive Democrats of America who is credited with securing the Climate Mobilization plank in the 2016 Democratic Presidential platform, saying: "There is no time left for gradualism. That window has passed. This is a climate emergency — the moment to make a stand for the future. For each other. For our children."

    Heidi Harmon,  Co-Organizer, "Up to Us Caravan" to the DNC

    Dr. Mary Headrick, MD, Board Member, PSR-TN

    Harold Hedelman, Director of Engagement - Business Climate Leaders at Citizens' Climate Lobby

    Bill Henderson, Freelance Climate Journalist

    Michael Hoexter, PhD, Research Scholar, Binzagr Institute for Sustainable Prosperity and Campaign Volunteer for Bernie Sanders 2016

    Allen Johnson, PhD, Professor of Geology - retired, University of West Chester

    John Jorgensen, Biologist-turned Activist/Marcher, Great March for Climate Action

    George Paul Kemp, PhD, Associate Research Professor, Center for Coastal, Energy and Environmental Resources, Louisiana State University; Co-founder & former Executive Director, Coalition to Restore Coastal Louisiana

    Rev. Earl Koteen, Environmental Justice Minister and Board Member, Unitarian Universalist Earth Ministry

    Felix Kramer, Founder, Beyond Cassandra and the of Congressional Climate Project

    Cynthia Lukas, Producer, "Heaven on Earth Creations'" and upcoming film "Ghandi's Gift"

    Chloe Maxmin, Co-founder, Divest Harvard

    Bruce Melton, PE, Executive Director, Climate Change Now Initiative

    Debbie Mytels, Associate Director, Acterra: Action for a Sustainable Earth

    Jim Newell, PhD, lobbyist & government relations professional & CEO, ELS, Inc and CEC Lead Volunteer for Government Relations

    Terry Patten, Founder, Bay Area Integral

    Vanessa Rule, Co-founder, Mothers Out Front - Mobilizing for a Livable Climate

    Adam Sacks, Executive Director, Biodiversity for a Livable Climate

    Paul Severance, Chair, Elders Climate Action

    Ezra Silk, Co-Founder and Director of Policy and Strategy, The Climate Mobilization

    Mariana Garcia Solana, Executive Director, The Friends of the Maya Foundation and Climate Mobilization Volunteer Lead Organizer for Mexico

    Susan Soleil, Executive Director, Utah Interfaith Power & Light

    Kristina Turechek, Adjunct Faculty, SUNY College at Oneonta

    Brian von Herzen, PhD, Executive Director, The Climate Foundation 

    Cassandra Wardle, Conservation Researcher, School of the Environment, Griffith University, Australia

    Tom Weis, President, Climate Crisis Solutions


    "I heartily support the Climate Emergency Coalition and its work to shift philanthropy to organizations and initiatives fighting the threats to humanity brought by climate change."   

                                                                                                                                                                                    - Paul R. Ehrlich


    People who have worked with us on earlier breakthrough initiatives beginning in 2014:

    Turner Anderson, Project Engineer at Siemens Energy, Inc.**

    Duncan Callaway, PhD, Associate Professor of Energy & Resources, Division of Electrical Engineering/EECS, University of California - Berkeley**

    William Christopfel, PhD, Director of Scientific Affairs, Bell Pharmaceuticals**

    Simon Dalby, PhD, Professor of Geography and Environmental Studies and CIGI Chair in the Political Economy of Climate Change, Wilfrid Laurier University, Canada**

    Robert Dello-Russo, PhD, Research Associate Professor of Anthropology & Director, Office of Contract Archaeology, University of New Mexico**

    William DeMott, PhD, Professor of Biology, Purdue University**

    Paul R. Ehrlich, PhD, Bing Professor of Population Studies and President, Center for Conservation Biology, Stanford University

    Daniela Gioseffi, Editor & Publisher of &; American Book Award-winning author of 16 books of poetry and prose***  

    Sebastian Groh, PhD, CEO at ME SOLshare Ltd; Assistant Professor at North South University, Bangaldesh**

    John Harte, PhD, jointly appointed Professor in the Energy & Resources Group and the Ecosystem Sciences Division of the College of Natural Resources, University of California - Berkeley**

    Donald Hnatowich, PhD, Professor of Radiology - retired, University of Massachusetts Medical School; Presenter, Climate Reality**

    Andy Hoffmann, PhD, Office of Sustainability working group, University of Utah**

    Daniel Kammen, PhD, Distinguished Professor of Energy, Energy and Resources Group, University of California - Berkeley**

    Rik Leemans, PhD, Professor of Environmental Systems Analysis Wageningen University, The Netherlands**

    Michael Mann, PhD, Distinguished Professor of Meteorology & Director of the Earth System Science Center Penn State University**

    Trae Menard, Director of Forest Conservation, Hawaii Chapter - The Nature Conservancy**

    Sergio Pacca, PhD, Research Fellow, University of Michigan Center for Sustainable Systems; Associate Professor of Energy & Sustainability, Sao Paolo University, Brasil**

    Robert Strom, PhD, Professor Emeritus, Lunar and Planetary Lab. and Dept. of Planetary Science, University of Redlands**

    Anders Wijkman, PhD, elected to the Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences for outstanding services to the environment; Co-President, Club of Rome**

    Cleo Woelfle-Erskine, PhD, Fellow, Energy and Resources Group, University of California - Berkeley; Fellow, Institute for Advanced Studies on Science, Technology and Society, Austria**

    *   Institutional affiliation listed for identification purposes only
    ** Signers of preliminary sign on letters leading up to the emergency petition.
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  • published Organizational Sign-On in TAKE ACTION 2015-12-07 16:52:08 -0800

    Climate Emergency Coalition Sign-On
    For Organizations


    The world is in a state of Climate Emergency, and we must slash fossil fuel use now. Climate stabilization, consistent with international goals (1.5-2°C) means a fossil fuel phase-out in about a decade for the US and fifteen years worldwide. Otherwise, the risks of going past 2°C and crossing catastrophic tipping points are unacceptably high. 

    In that light, we need a Declaration of Global Warming State of Emergency so that the people of the United States will demand immediate action. In that way, we meet the most critical moral issue of our time. 

    Therefore, we support a Declaration of Climate Emergency.

    Moreover, we support the responses required to address the emergency. The United States must mobilize to leave fossil fuels. This means we will:

    • Eliminate fossil fuels:
      • Price carbon and remove subsidies. Make fossil fuels account for their true costs.
      • Keep fossil fuels in the ground. Oppose their exploration, development, export, and new infrastructure through collective action.
    • Phase-in renewable energy:
      • Incentivize clean energy development, production, and roll-out as quickly as possible.
      • Assist developing nations with renewable energy so they bypass fossil fuel development.  



  • published CEC Campaign in CAMPAIGN 2015-12-02 13:53:32 -0800

    Climate Emergency Coalition Campaign:

    First Phase

    We as a country and as a planet face a fundamental threat. … Until we start with that conversation, it's very hard for me to see how we ultimately lead to the national policies that are going to be required, much less the international policies that are also going to be required.[1] 

    Director, Yale Project on Climate Change Communication

    This outline proposal shows how a modest sum—$500,000 for a one-year demonstration—can prove the necessity for a national “emergency climate mobilization” and build a Climate Emergency Coalition with partnering organizations. Following demonstration, the US can be quickly galvanized into a consensus on Emergency Climate Mobilization within the timeframe required to stabilize the climate, while including a justice and equity framework. 

    To respond effectively to the climate crisis, we need an all-hands-on-deck Climate Mobilization to achieve net zero greenhouse gas emissions at wartime speed. Because of the nature of the looming climate crisis[2], the fate of civilization and of our living systems hinges on a Climate Mobilization response. The over-determined data shows that there is actually no remaining carbon budget, therefore we must phase-out fossil fuels now

    Informing, Engaging, and Galvanizing Americans


    Relating for Real Change

    It is through our web of associations and relationships that we best develop understanding and emotional response—by arriving at a social interpretation of the data. Sociologist Robert Brulle, Drexel University, says that engaging people face-to-face is "the only way to achieve real, lasting change [for the climate]."[3] We are relational creatures, and we get involved when people that we know and respect are involved. Explaining climate change must be personal and interactive—virtual or social media are insufficient for organizing citizens and expanding the movement.

    Photo: Julie Nerbonne, Minnesota Interfaith Power & Light, climate conversation event.

    A consensus on US Climate Mobilization must come quickly. If achieved within a couple of years, the US can achieve the target of Net Zero Carbon by 2025. To achieve the degree of transformation required—even including the conservative Congress—we only need 3-4% of the population joining the call for mobilization with us. That means recruiting enough mobilizers through an Education and Advocacy Campaign that provides personal, face-to-face dialogue, and moral conversations. There are already tens of thousands of faith social halls and civic auditoriums ready to host this cultural conversation. The initiative galvanizes those most concerned about the climate threat, thus building a decisive Climate Coalition with partner organizations. Change of this magnitude can only happen through organizing while raising and deepening public awareness.

    Citizens need to understand how quickly and effectively we must respond to avert climate chaos. They must appreciate the details of the encroaching climate crisis, the necessity of an all-out mobilization, the advantages of a carbon price and its affordability, climate justice issues, and why US leadership is crucial. We explain the scope, scale and urgency of the crisis; in addition we explain why the Coalition is the necessary response to uniquely meet these daunting challenges.

    The curriculum is riveting and inspiring. It is designed to catalyze action and precipitate appropriate responses.

    First Phase of the Climate Emergency Coalition Campaign

    The First Phase of the Climate Emergency Coalition Campaign will employ the existing southwest network of Interfaith Power and Light to coordinate the necessary personal conversations and education at their disposal through the thousands of venues available: congregation social halls, civic auditoriums, and public meeting places across those states. The states include Utah (convening), Arizona, New Mexico, Colorado, Texas, and Tennessee.[4] 

    The $500,000 budget includes salaries for a Project Coordinator and six State Coordinators, consulting fees, and curriculum development (includes the guidance of leading scientists).

    The Demonstration will quickly lead to the adoption of the full CEC Campaign nationwide to achieve consensus on mobilization within a two-year period.

    [1] Anthony Leiserowitz interview with Bill Moyers, Making People Care About Climate Change, Moyers & Company, January 4, 2013.

    [2] We are already committed to an inevitable heat increase "in the pipeline"—due to the lag in ocean heating—even if we cut all emissions today. So today’s greenhouse gases levels are already very dangerous.

    [3] Robert Brulle, From Environmental Campaigns to Advancing the Public Dialogue: Environmental Communication for Civic Engagement, Environmental Communications, March 17, 2010, pp. 82-98.

    [4] A response to a request for proposal can provide extensive detail and justification.

  • endorsed 2015-12-07 15:39:30 -0800

    Climate Emergency Coalition Sign-On
    For Individuals


    The world is in a state of Climate Emergency, and we must slash fossil fuel use now. Climate stabilization, consistent with international goals (1.5-2°C) means a fossil fuel phase-out in about a decade for the US and fifteen years worldwide. Otherwise, the risks of going past 2°C and crossing catastrophic tipping points are unacceptably high. 

    In that light, we need a Declaration of Global Warming State of Emergency so that the people of the United States will demand immediate action. In that way, we meet the most critical moral issue of our time. 

    Therefore, I support a Declaration of Climate Emergency.

    Moreover, I support the responses required to address the emergency. The United States must mobilize to leave fossil fuels. This means we will:

    • Eliminate fossil fuels:
      • Price carbon and remove subsidies. Make fossil fuels account for their true costs.
      • Keep fossil fuels in the ground. Oppose their exploration, development, export, and new infrastructure through collective action.
    • Phase-in renewable energy:
      • Incentivize clean energy development, production, and roll-out as quickly as possible.
      • Assist developing nations with renewable energy so they bypass fossil fuel development.  




  • published Donate to TCM 2015-11-14 15:15:50 -0800

    Donate to:


    Help us fight for civilization and the natural world!

    The Climate Mobilization (TCM) is a 501c4 organization, with 501c3 sponsorship through the Association for the Tree of Life (ATL).* Your contribution goes towards TCM’s non-profit activities, and is tax-deductible.

    Contributions to TCM through ATL must be at least $2500. You can make a smaller, non tax-deductible contribution to TCM here.

    To donate by check, please make your check payable to:
    Association for the Tree of Life. 
    Please note on the check: “For TCM.”
    Send to: ATL, 726 11th Ave., Salt Lake City, UT  84103.

    The Climate Mobilization deeply appreciates your contribution.

     *ATL is an independent, nonpartisan 501c3 nonprofit organization, EIN: 87-0447008.


  • published Thank You! in Donate to TCM 2015-11-14 15:15:35 -0800

    Thank You!

    A hearty thank you for supporting The Climate Mobilization. Your tax receipt is on the way to you via email.

    Kind regards,

    The Climate Mobilization and the Association for the Tree of Life

  • published WW2 Mobilization 2015-10-15 08:09:53 -0700

    US Mobilization for WW2:

    Lessons for the Climate Crisis?*

    We are out of time for any gradual phase-out of fossil fuels. We need an all-out Emergency Climate Mobilization to completely cut emissions within a decade. Is America’s World War 2 mobilization a good example for our situation? How can we create the “Pearl Harbor” urgency and society-wide response needed?

    What Is Mobilization, Anyway?

    Mobilization is a coming together as a people with a common cause--an emergency restructuring of a modern industrial economy, typically at rapid speed. It involves everyone and impacts all areas of society—a comprehensive societal and industrial metamorphosis.

    Mobilization summons a sense of collective destiny and moral purpose. Importantly, mobilization is not a blind use of government control. Rather, this is a particular strategy that guides the economy away from petro-consumerism towards a fossil fuels phase-out.

    THEN:  The Axis nations—Japan, Italy, and Germany—threatened world freedom, stability, and security in the late 1930s. For years, Americans denied this real peril, believing the US could somehow stay on the sidelines, even as Axis Powers invaded country after country. But the December 7, 1941 Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor shattered the United States’ denial. National sentiment flipped overnight from isolationism to mobilization. Most Americans then enthusiastically participated in a rapid transformation of the US economy and society.

    NOW:  As before Pearl Harbor, Americans today are caught in denial and apathy, obstructing and delaying any response to our global emergency. We are still beholden to the “non-negotiable American way of life” that actually threatens our very survival. How to create a “Pearl Harbor moment”—to wake up Americans—remains the central burning question of the climate movement.


    Help build the Emergency Climate Movement: join the Climate Emergency Coalition.

    PHOTO:  San Diego Rally for Mobilization, March 2015. Jerry Phelps, courtesy of The Climate Mobilization.

    THEN:  The war munitions industry in the US was diminished after WW1. Upon our entry into WW2, the federal government both required and supported a rapid conversion from consumer to war production. For example, private auto manufacturing was completely halted in early 1942. By mid-year, nearly all major industries and some 200,000 companies had converted to war production, making the nation’s wartime “miracle” possible—shattering all previous levels of war production. Astonishing the world, it exceeded the combined production of the Axis powers and made all the difference between victory and defeat. Pressing even further, the government collaborated with scientists and with universities for breakthrough research that contributed to the war effort.


    Lockheed Ventura bombers built for the Royal Air Force under construction at the Lockheed Vega division, Burbank, California (USA), in June 1941. The factory originally made explorer aircraft, but was converted for the war effort.

    To combat climate change, we need a similar-scale mobilization of our culture.

    Photo: David Bransby, Farm Security Administration, Office of War Information Photograph Collection (Library of Congress).

    NOW: We need a complete reorientation of our economy to facilitate a wartime-speed deployment of renewable energy, smart grid technology, electric-based transportation, mass transit, zero waste, retrofitted buildings, sustainable agriculture, and more. Industry must maximize efficiency and produce the post-carbon energy infrastructure—the “armaments” in the climate war. Funding for clean energy research must be stepped up more than 500%. Since we have postponed action for so many years, as with WW2 we must now exceed our expectations of what can be accomplished.

    THEN:  Everybody helped. On the battle front, young men gave their lives. On the homefront, women surged into factories and over 10% of the population relocated for a war job. People grew Victory Gardens that supplied 40% of America’s produce during the war. To channel maximum resources towards the war effort, the government called on citizens to invest in war bonds to help finance the war, to ration goods, and to use resources carefully. Communities held scrap drives to recycle goods like tin and rubber. The government imposed a speed limit of 35 mph, and outlawed pleasure driving and auto racing. People willingly sacrificed for the cause, and sacrifice was expected of everyone. 

    NOW:  As with WW2, we need the participation of all. Initially, we must enact policies that incentivize low-carbon choices, however, policies cannot accomplish all the needed changes. A metamorphosis of culture—from individual consumerism to cooperation and sacrifice—can only come through the public’s perception and understanding of our crisis, and through a transformative vision of a better, just world. As before, citizens must throw themselves into the collective effort.


    Courtesy of Northwestern University's WWII Poster Digital Repository.

    THEN:  Still a major issue since the Great Depression, unemployment rates were slashed from 14.6% to 1.4%, while wages grew 55%. Full employment, higher wages, and progressive taxation brought far greater income equality. The war effort also brought gains in social equality, especially for women and African Americans. Corporate profits boomed, however, profit-seeking was channeled towards the national mission. Government, not corporations, led the transformation.

    NOW:  Transitioning from fossil fuels to clean energy will create many more net jobs. However, workers losing jobs in carbon-intensive sectors will need training and placement in the new economy. Climate mobilization will bring greater social and income equality, as did the WW2 mobilization. Corporations can no longer drive the agenda—the people and government must lead the way. This is our opportunity to create a just economy and a world that works for all.

    THEN:  Defense spending rose from 1.4% of the Gross National Product in 1939, to 45% at the peak of the war effort in 1944. This was financed primarily through war bonds, excess corporate profit taxes, and raised income taxes, especially on the highest earners (their rate was 94% in 1944).


    Courtesy of Northwestern University's WWII Poster Digital Repository.

    NOW:  Combating climate change will not be cheap, as some advocates claim, but it will be affordable with the right priorities and measures: (1) ending dinosaur government subsidies—such as for fossil fuels, corn biofuels, and non-sustainable agricultural practices, (2) cutting military spending, (3) ending corporate welfare, (4) reversing the immense transfer of wealth to the rich, and (5) ending fossil fuel externalities through a fair carbon tax that distributes revenue to citizens—to account for costs borne by society.

    THEN:  Wartime agencies, given broad powers to plan and prioritize, guided the war effort. The mobilization required large-scale deficit spending, higher taxes and price controls to contain inflation, extensive regulations, and government control over the distribution of basic goods and raw materials.

    NOW:  This mobilization effort will require an expansion of public sector powers, expenditures, and planning. Government must make substantial investments in clean energy research, public transit, smart grid investment, electric vehicle charging stations, job transition, building retrofits, land-soil-forestry restoration, and many more projects that reduce greenhouse gases. The US and other developed nations must also finance low-carbon assistance for developing nations who would otherwise burn coal and chop down trees, thus eventuating climate chaos no matter what wealthy countries do. 


    The WW2 mobilization provides an inspiring example of what is necessary and possible, given our best efforts. In less than four years, the US achieved the unimaginable: it fought and won a two-front war against two powerful military empires, forcing each to surrender unconditionally. For humanity’s survival, we must mount a similar heroic effort. In our two-front war on climate chaos, we must phase out fossil fuels within a decade, and draw down atmospheric carbon to safe levels.

    Mobilization clashes with today’s dominant paradigms: corporatism, anti-government, deregulation, privatization, hyper-individual consumerism, perpetual economic growth no matter the cost, tax cuts, and diminishment of the public sphere. This neoliberal capitalism is trashing the planet, and its era must end before it ends us.

    Yet it is hard to imagine the level of cooperation and revolutionary change needed now. So how can we create this complete mobilization, when the climate crisis has no clear, galvanizing “Pearl Harbor moment,” and the dominant worldview is completely opposite of what is needed?

    The public must perceive that: (1) we must phase out fossil fuels as fast as humanly possible, not gradually over decades, which would cook us, (2) individual actions are insufficient—we need a collective, united mobilization to fight humanity’s common enemy, climate chaos, and (3) we can win this war and avert catastrophe.  

    Only a Climate Emergency Coalition Campaign with personal, face-to-face engagement and moral conversations in tens of thousands of faith and civic spaces across the nation—to awaken and galvanize citizens—can change the cultural conversation and quickly generate the public will necessary to create such a society-wide Emergency Climate Mobilization. Additionally, a Climate Emergency Coalition supports groups and citizens calling for emergency mobilization.

    Fear is empowering, when experienced in community and coupled with a vision of collective action for a better world. Moreover, we are not innately selfish; we are capable rising up with the needed response. It is time to face this existential threat to civilization and the natural world, and to use fear to spur us to responsible action.

    Importantly, history has repeatedly demonstrated that culture can transform dramatically, especially in times of emergency. And it only takes 3-4% of the public to trigger that transformation.

    *With appreciation for the work of The Climate Mobilization, for helping develop much of the thinking and comparison between World War 2 and what a climate mobilization might look like.

  • published Join Coalition in TAKE ACTION 2015-10-15 07:59:54 -0700

    Climate Emergency Coalition


    The question we face is simple: will America quickly mobilize against climate chaos on a massive scale, or will we remain stuck in denial and passivity until it is too late to avert impacts that will devastate civilization and our living systems? Unfortunately, few people understand that we are in a planetary emergency, demanding urgent response. Decades of rising emissions, while scientists clearly explained the crisis, have closed the window of non-disruptive, gradual reductions. While an incremental, decades-long emissions reduction scenario (which the world agreed to in Paris) may seem “politically realistic,” it is not “scientifically realistic.” 

    The US now needs an all-out emergency climate mobilization similar to our mobilization effort for WW2 to reduce emissions at wartime speed. The goal must be Net Zero US Emissions within a decade; Net Zero Globally within fifteen years. 

    I heartily support the Climate Emergency Coalition and its work to shift philanthropy to organizations and initiatives fighting the threats to humanity brought by climate change. 


    Yet in the face of endemic denial and passivity, how do we catalyze an Emergency Climate Mobilization quickly enough to protect a livable Earth? It will be impossible to achieve without public support and pressure. Importantly, it only takes 3-4% of engaged, impassioned citizens—those most concerned—to transform the situation. 

    We must move quickly to tell the truth and drive a cultural conversation, to achieve a US consensus on an Emergency Climate Mobilization within two years. A broad-based people’s campaign is needed to catalyze the mobilization. To ignite public pressure and build the “Emergency Climate Movement,” a Climate Emergency Coalition (CEC) warns and motivates groups and citizens.

    About the Coalition

    The Climate Emergency Coalition furthers the public conversation so the need for mobilization is quickly perceived; additionally, it creates a pathway for organizations to shift their missions to mobilization. Critically, the CEC provides coordination, talking points, and curriculum for groups who understand that only an emergency mobilization can suffice. The CEC seeks to dramatically expand the size and urgency of the existing Climate Movement, while focusing its efforts on Net Zero US Emissions within a decade. The Climate Emergency Coalition Fund attracts more funding opportunities than groups might find separately. Join by taking the Climate Emergency Coalition Sign-On (organizations / individuals). Then ask others to join in.

    National Campaign Director: Cliff Cockerham

    The Coalition has 501c3 sponsorship through the Association for the Tree of Life.

    Download PDF: Climate Emergency Coalition flyer

  • published Organize Teach-In in RESOURCES 2014-12-10 13:37:31 -0800

    Teach-In Organizing

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    Teach-ins are educational, interactive forums where people come together to focus and discuss a topic. They are meant to be practical, participatory, empowering, and action-oriented. Lectures, forums, discussion panels, and free debates can all be part of teach-ins. Teach-ins are often held on college campuses, but can also be hosted at libraries, houses of worship, and community centers.

    Organizing a teach-in should be seen as part of a larger and longer organizing effort, not as a one-off event. Teach-ins are crucial at this time for educating and awakening Americans to the urgency of the climate crisis. As with other critical historical moments in our history, teach-ins are an important tactic for personally engaging people, and building an effective, responsive movement.


    Gather your organizers. A small group of students or volunteers can organize the teach-in. Set a date for the first meeting, and start inviting people.

    Structure the program. First, determine what you want the teach-in to look like. Length of the teach-in can be an all-day Saturday event, a half-day Saturday event, or an evening event of 2-3 hours. Weekend events may be more preferable, as people can set aside more time and will be fresher than after a workday. Possibilities include speakers, panel discussions, films, and facilitated dialogue with a speaker. The first half could be devoted to discussing the issues, and the second half devoted to response, with a networking intermission in between. You can have several speakers or center your event on 1-2 speakers.

    Outline the content. We can provide suggestions regarding content; contact us for suggestions. A resource page is forthcoming.

    Set a date. Set the date(s) well in advance—a 60-90 day planning horizon is suggested, to line up speakers and reserve a meeting space. Choose a date or dates that works well for your group, speakers, audience, and semester schedule. Possibilities could include: (1) week-long, (2) Thursday night through Sunday afternoon, (3) a series of Saturdays, (4) an all-day Saturday event that runs late into the evening.

    Reserve a space well in advance.  Public spaces often are booked well in advance, so make this an early priority. Options include universities, colleges, libraries, houses of worship, union halls, and community centers. Choose a site with sufficient seating for the anticipated turnout, that is easy to find, readily accessible, and with proper sound / lighting systems. If the event is an all-day event, make sure there are restaurant options nearby or you will need to provide food. Many places will donate the space or offer a discount if you tell them it is a free public education event.

    Arrange speakers well in advance. Choose people who are conversation-starters, not spectacles. Look for speakers who can communicate the climate issue well in everyday language, not scientific jargon. Possibilities include professors at your local university’s climatology or physical sciences department, local leaders taking a stand for climate protection, and climate advocates with local organizations. Some speakers will charge fees—many colleges have funds reserved for invited speakers.

    Find co-sponsors. Co-sponsors will help promote the event through their own networks, and can help with the organizing. Make sure responsibilities and time-lines are clearly defined for each party. Co-sponsoring organizations can set up tables in back to provide attendees with an opportunity for further engagement.

    Handle various details. Arrange lunch if needed and / or snack table—ask local businesses to donate, or have organizations pick up costs. Arrange an event moderator, a timekeeper, setup and cleanup crews, an AV/light person (they should confirm the system in advance), a photographer, a video person, someone to pass around sign-up sheets, tabling volunteers, and a coordinator to confirm volunteer commitments two days ahead. Create a sign-up sheet, a take-home follow-up action sheet, and a program schedule sheet if needed.

    Publicize. Create posters, flyers, leaflets, sidewalk chalk, Facebook event page, and radio announcements. Post on website calendars. Personally invite key people (local leaders, government officials, professors), and remind them within a few days prior. Posters around campus should be placed within a week of the event, and may need to be stamped. Have manned tables in the student union in the days prior. Go door-to-door in the dorms. Hand out leaflets personally at key locations on campus. Ask professors of large classes if you can briefly announce the teach-in at the beginning of their class. Ask professors to give extra credit for attendance.

    Cover your costs.  Make the event free, so that all can attend. If funding is not available to cover costs, a cosponsor that is a 501c3 nonprofit org can ask for donations. If you decide to provide lunch, then suggest a donation amount in an announcement.

    Get media coverage. Write simple, clear, concise press releases, and send them to local radio, TV, and newspapers at least two weeks prior to the event. Arrange interviews with the speakers on local radio programs. Call beat reporters and ask them to attend the event.

    Build future support and follow-through. The teach-ins are part of a larger movement-building process, not a one-off event. Capture the energy of participants who are eager to respond. Have a table with literature, and a letter-writing table. Pass around a sign-up list, asking for names and email addresses. Send a follow-up email to those who signed up thanking them for their attendance and desire to respond.

  • published Basis in Campaigns 2 2014-11-10 11:32:56 -0800

    Basis for Campaign

    Senator Muskie, keynote speaker, Philadelphia Earth Day 1970Senator Edmund Muskie, keynote speaker,
    Earth Day Philadelphia 1970 

    The basis for ATL's approach is that progress in the US has almost always involved grassroots mobilization. For example, in 1970 we catalyzed dramatic change after the first Earth Day, when one in ten Americans hit the streets, calling for reforms. An entire suite of green policies was enacted as a result.

    It is time to initiate an open, truthful national discussion about our situation. Public dialogue must be shifted through an extensive media warning campaign, through which citizens come to grasp that our carbon addiction is a clear and present threat to all of us.

    Face-to-face dialogue, support, and education also will be necessary for engaging the public. Research shows that a majority of Americans can see that they are uninformed about the climate crisis. They want to know more and many would welcome a national climate education program, with personal teaching and group discussion.

    Jonquille_250.jpg Photo: Melissa Bond

    The climate activist movement itself must also be provided with support and resources to better reach the culture. The movement must now win a critical number of motivated citizens who can demand carbon legislation. A small minority of citizens—even a small percentage—can catalyze change if they are committed, strategic, and organized. A comprehensive, effective effort must include local-national coordination, as well as education, direct action, and outreach in order to grow the movement and achieve a national carbon price policy. As the movement expands, we can become as consequential as voters were following the first Earth Day.

    The transformation of our carbon-intensive system can only succeed by raising public support, an effort that must be funded by billions of philanthropic dollars and must be on the scale of a presidential campaign.

  • donated 2015-05-30 15:43:02 -0700


    Help support climate mobilization with the scale and urgency now needed. The Association for the Tree of Life is an independent 501c3 nonprofit organization, IRS EIN#: 87-0447008. Your contribution is tax-deductible.

    To donate by check, please make your check payable to:
    Association for the Tree of Life.
    Send to: ATL, 726 11th Ave., Salt Lake City, UT  84103.

    The Association for the Tree of Life deeply appreciates your contribution.


  • published Endorse 2014-11-06 20:30:54 -0800


    Climate stabilization under the international consensus 2° Celsius / 3.6° Fahrenheit threshold agreed to in the Copenhagen Accord is the ultimate and necessary goal.

    Warming of 2°C / 3.6°F above pre-industrial levels is widely considered the heat limit to avert the most dangerous effects of runaway climate change and the risk of irreversible tipping points. Our pathway puts us on a course to more than double the internationally agreed limit.

    The US must adopt policies to capture the price of GHGs, accelerate and expand investment in clean energy, and transform our infrastructure. These complimentary measures are needed to help reduce GHG emissions and quickly drive investment away from carbon-intensive practices, towards a clean and efficient energy future.

    By endorsing, you support ATL's call for:

    • Pricing carbon pollution
    • Reducing emissions several percent per year
    • Investing in the conversion to a clean, efficient and resilient infrastructure
    • US leadership

    Speak Out and Lend Your Voice to Urgent Action at Scale

    We are calling on you to personally endorse ATL's call for policy action, and help engage those in your network to also endorse this call to action. Your support is crucial for the success of a broad-scale climate stabilization campaign.

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  • published TAKE ACTION 2014-11-06 17:44:36 -0800

    Take Action


    This is our time; now is our moment.

    Photo: Evan Leeson (cc)SA-2.0

    Your actions and volunteerism are crucial for building a Climate & Ecological Emergency Campaign and taking ATL’s efforts to scale.


Development - Association for Tree of Life. Jean Arnold is an environmental advocate and a professional artist. She has raised awareness about energy and climate issues through her writing and presentations. Jean has organized community events and actions


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