Margaret Klein Salamon

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An ACT UP protest outside the FDA headquarters in Rockville, Maryland in 1988. (Photo: Peter Ansin/Getty Images) Views
Wednesday, June 17, 2020
The Climate Movement Must Learn from Larry Kramer’s Fearless Truth Telling
Larry Kramer, fierce and inspirational activist, founder of ACT UP, and brilliant author, died late last month at age 84 . Larry was instrumental in turning the AIDS crisis from a taboo, denied, and individual battle to a national emergency. While his tactics may have been considered controversial...
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Bernie and his staff have responded to this feedback with continued engagement and a willingness to strengthen their approach to the climate and ecological emergency. This is real leadership. (Photo: Alex Wong/Getty Images) Views
Monday, March 02, 2020
Our Climate Mobilization Journey With Bernie Sanders
Over five years ago, we founded The Climate Mobilization. We started TCM because we saw a dangerous vacuum in our political system, the environmental movement, and our society as a whole. We faced an accelerating climate emergency and ecological crisis that threatened to cause the collapse of...
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School students, Local Citizens, Environmental Activists shout slogans as they participate in a global climate strike to protest against governmental inaction towards climate breakdown and environmental pollution, part of demonstrations being held worldwide in a movement dubbed "Fridays for Future", Kolkata, India, September 27, 2019. (Photo: Indranil Aditya/NurPhoto via Getty Images) Views
Friday, September 27, 2019
With a Planet on Fire, This Is What It Means to Enter Emergency Mode
Imagine there is a fire in your house. What do you do? What do you think about? You do whatever you can to try to put out the fire or exit the house. You make a plan of action. "Those of us who have entered emergency mode—who understand the mobilization imperative—need to get talkative and loud."...
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"The climate crisis threatens to set  back thousands of years of human development," writes Klein Salamon. "It has ruined the futures we had planned. It has also made the present—what we do now—almost unbearably important. Our actions now, this year and next year, have a incalculable amount of importance to all life." (Photo: Sawitree Pamee / EyeEm / Getty Images) Views
Sunday, June 23, 2019
Facing the Climate Emergency: Grieving The Future You Thought You Had
CD editor's note: The following is an excerpt from the author's forthcoming book, Facing the Climate Emergency: How to Transform Yourself with Climate Truth . Where do you see yourself in 10 years? In 20? Perhaps you plan to be advancing in your career, married, with children or retired, living...
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"The Kochs are bigger than either of the Democratic or Republican parties, manipulate both, and are determined to keep the Senate Republican...A major focus of Koch money has been to ensure that no legislation is passed to curb the burning of fossil fuels."(Photo: Spencer Platt/Getty Images) Views
Friday, February 16, 2018
Who is Guilty of Climate Crimes?
A fascinating exposé of the climate crisis awaits you in Peter Carter and Elizabeth Woodworth’s, “Unprecedented Crime: Climate Science Denial and Game Changers for Survival.” It is a comprehensive look at the climate crisis through a legal frame, discussing the relevant national and international...
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Wednesday, August 30, 2017
Heroism in the Age of Crisis
The flood waters are still rising in Texas, swallowing up homes and whole communities. Rain is predicted to continue for days. Our hearts go out to those who have lost lives, family members, homes and possessions, including the many on this list who have been affected or are still in the storm’s...
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Monday, July 17, 2017
The Planet Is Warming. And It's Okay to Be Afraid
Last Week, David Wallace-Wells wrote a cover story for of New York Magazine , " The Uninhabitable Earth ," on some of the worst-case scenarios that the climate crisis could cause by the end of this century. It describes killer heat waves, crippling agricultural failures, devastated economies,...
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Wednesday, December 16, 2015
The Paris Climate Talks and the 1.5C Target: Wartime-Scale Mobilization is Our Only Option Left
The Paris climate talks are over, and the postmortems on the final agreement are flooding in. Here’s our take: After 21 years of negotiations, we finally have an agreement that the majority of nations are expected to ratify. This is a critical breakthrough in terms of shared global understanding of...
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Monday, April 27, 2015
The Transformative Power of Climate Truth
The Climate Mobilization launched seven months ago, when we began spreading the Pledge to Mobilize at the People’s Climate March in New York City. Our mission is to initiate a WWII-scale mobilization that protects civilization and the natural world from climate catastrophe. Climate truth is central...
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Friday, December 19, 2014
What Climate Change Asks of Us: Moral Obligation, Mobilization and Crisis Communication
Climate change is a crisis, and crises alter morality. Climate change is on track to cause the extinction of half the species on earth and, through a combination of droughts, famines, displaced people, and failed states and pandemics, the collapse of civilization within this century. If this...
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