Yes, we're facing catastrophic collapse. Yes it’s terrifying. But you don't have to be paralyzed by your fear, grief, and other painful feelings. You can use your pain to transform yourself, your friends, and your world. You can become the hero humanity needs. I want to show you how.
I am the founding director of The Climate Mobilization. Our mission is to initiate a WWII-scale mobilization to protect humanity and the natural world from climate catastrophe. We develop and pioneer the strongest and most aggressive policies and strategies for reversing climate breakdown. For example, our Climate Emergency campaign—with the help of our partners like Extinction Rebellion—sparked more than 500 declarations of Climate Emergency in local governments in the U.S. and around the world. Scotland, Wales, and the United Kingdom have become the first countries to declare a climate emergency.
Our papers, The Transformative Power of Climate Truth, and Leading the Public into Emergency Mode have inspired thousands of readers, and laid the groundwork for the movement breakthroughs we have been experiencing.
As Bill McKibben put it, "We are in an emergency. That's why the work that Margaret Klein Salamon's work and the work of others at The Climate Mobilization is so important.
There are so many incredible books out there about the climate crisis, including books by my friends —David Wallace Wells Uninhabitable Earth and Bill McKibben’s Falter, for example—lay out the stark, painful truth for all to see.
My book is different. In it, I show you what to do after you’ve read those gut wrenching books and can’t sleep anymore. My book offers an answer to our collective questions: What can one person do when faced with a problem of this magnitude? What is my responsibility? What the hell do I do now?
I'm in a unique position to help. I have a PhD in clinical psychology from Adelphi University and a BA in social anthropology from Harvard. Through my experience as a therapist and my work at TCM, I know that many of us want to do something—anything—to stop the climate crisis. But we feel paralyzed by our fear, by our anxiety, by our sense of being overpowered by this abstraction called “the climate.” We’re also paralyzed by our suspicion that we’re utterly alone in our despair.
I am here to tell you that you are not alone, and although you may feel paralyzed, you are not powerless.
Instead of hiding, you can grieve your losses—including the nice, regular future you thought you had—and accept your terror, anger, guilt, and other feelings. As a therapist, I know that this work is not optional if we are going to mount the heroic effort needed to save humanity. Once you have processed your feelings, you can bring your whole self—your skills, resources, and passion to the Climate Emergency Movement.
My book supports you in this transformation. It helps you face and process your fears, and it guides you through your grief. It urges you to go “all in for all life;” to become the climate warrior we need to save our home, and to bring others in your life along in this “All Hands On Deck” mobilization.
Note: all proceeds from Transform Yourself with Climate Truth will go to Climate Mobilization Project, The Climate Mobilization's 501c(3) affiliate.
Update: First Excerpt Published-- and shared over 3500 times!
Update: Margaret's psychological perspective featured in the New York Times!
Risks and challenges
There is already a complete draft, but piloting the self-assessment survey and discussion group formats will help me make the tools even more useful.
The biggest challenge will be to get the book adequately "seeded" so it can grow organically and reach millions of people.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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