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Ever wonder: “Who would sign the Pledge to Mobilize? Could such an idea ever get mainstream traction?”
This is a crucial question, that Yale’s Climate Change Communication team has helped answer! Their just-released poll shows that:
“Millions of registered voters* would sign a pledge to vote for, would work for, or would give money to candidates who share their views on global warming – if asked to by a person they like and respect.”
* 7% of Americans said that they would DEFINITELY sign such a pledge and 20% said that they PROBABLY would!
Did these pollsters know about the Pledge to Mobilize, or did they come up with a very similar idea on their own? I guess brilliant minds think alike 🙂 Either way– there is no doubting the efficacy that Pledges have had on political campaigns throughout history– from the Pledge to end Chinese foot binding that ended a 1000 year old tradition in a generation, to the “Commitment Card” written by Martin Luther Kind JR, in which signers “hereby pledge myself—my person and body—to the nonviolent movement.” and agreed to ten stringent commandments on their behavior, to the “No tax Pledge” created by Grover Norquist which has effectively put a straitjacket on our political process.
We hope that the Pledge to Mobilize, with its psychologically and technologically savvy features, will be the most effective pledge yet. And what great news to learn that millions of Americans are ready to sign!
In other news, TCM is now ready to start spreading our message in the twitter verse! Follow us @MobilizeClimate
Or visit our facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/TheClimateMobilization
Or homepage: TheClimateMobilization.org
Help us launch by:
*Donating or sharing our IndieGoGo Campaign
*Will you be in NYC for the People’s Climate March? We will be spreading the Pledge in a major way during that weekend. Get in touch and you can be part of our action team!
*Are you a climate policy nerd (or an energy/ agriculture/ refugee/ medical policy nerd?) TCM cofounder Ezra Silk is starting a Mobilization Plans Working group. We have a great lineup of experts– both self taught and institutionally trained– and think the process of developing specific mobilization plans will be an exciting experience. Get in touch and tell us about your interest!