We are thrilled to announce our new Climate Year program.
As part of our new strategy to ensure that the U.S. federal government commences a WWII-scale climate mobilization to restore a safe climate by July 4, 2017, we are looking for brilliant, talented, dedicated people who want to fight for civilization and the natural world on a full-time basis.
Participants in the Climate Year program will commit to volunteering for The Climate Mobilization 30+ hours per week for one year. Climate Year participants will take on significant leadership responsibilities, enjoy considerable autonomy, and continually push the limits of what they imagined possible.
We already have top-quality volunteers making full-time commitments, including oceanographer Danielle Meitiv and journalist Anya Grenier (read their impressive stories on the Climate Year website). But we need a lot more brilliant, passionate volunteers very soon if we are going to take TCM to the next level and ensure that there is a climate emergency super-summit that charts a course toward solving the climate crisis in the first 100 days of the next administration early next year.
The Climate Year program, on its own, cannot deliver a WWII-scale mobilization by next year. It is one part of a much larger effort that is just now taking shape. We are working with Russell Greene—who helped get mobilization onto the Democratic Party platform in July—to develop a broader umbrella strategy to exponentially grow our movement and get the mobilization started next year.
We are looking for outstanding people ready to dedicate a year of their lives for “all years.” We aim to enlist people from all backgrounds, walks of life, and U.S. regions. We truly need all hands on deck: People of color, of all faiths, of all ages, of all political persuasions, from all sectors (including the fossil fuel industry), women, LGBTQIA, persons with disabilities, and veterans are strongly encouraged to apply.
If you can’t afford to volunteer 30 hours a week, but are called to mobilize, please let us know what level of assistance you would need in order to participate in Climate Year. We will do our best to meet financial need. (See more information about financial assistance here.)
Please apply or encourage the most talented, energetic, dedicated people you know to apply for Climate Year. Also, make sure to support us with a donation so we can provide financial assistance.
And make sure to share the news of Climate Year far and wide!
Hello. I am intrigued by this idea and have thought myself, that the climate crisis is of such a threat to life as we know it, that we need to be thinking about it in similar terms to the world wars, requiring emergency measures. I live in London, and today, Theresa May’s government has just approved a third runway for Heathrow airport. This is sheer madness. My question for your organization is whether there might be a role for me to bring this campaign to the UK? I look forward to hearing from you.
And that’s just one air corridor. Around the world, aviation emits about 860 million metric tons of carbon dioxide every year, or about 2 percent of total global greenhouse gas emissions. Those numbers are poised to soar. The International Civil Aviation Organization projects that emissions from air travel will grow between 300 and 700 percent by 2050 compared to 2005 levels.
She founded a group called We Stay on the Ground in 2018 to recruit people to pledge to give up flying for one year. But the pledge only kicks in once 100,000 people in a given country have committed to doing the same. The threshold is a way to show participants that they’re not alone.