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Business-as-usual politics have brought us President Trump and a fossil-fueled corporate takeover of our government. Meanwhile, scientists warn that accelerating global warming threatens both economic and ecological collapse within the lifetimes of many alive today. To restore a climate that supports organized human societies for the rest of the 21st century and beyond, it will now take an urgent and decisive break from status quo gradualism — nothing less than a rapid, WWII-scale economic mobilization to transition the United States to 100% clean energy and net zero emissions within a decade, build resilient communities, adapt to unavoidable disruptions, and begin the long process of withdrawing greenhouse gases from the atmosphere. Whatever we call this response to our unprecedented emergency — a Green New Deal, a Marshall Plan for the Earth — how can we build the critical mass of public will that makes a just post-carbon transition possible beyond the age of Trump? Some progressive politicians have begun calling for such a large-scale national effort (most notably Bernie Sanders), and the 2016 Democratic Party platform even included a reference to it. The organizations Brand New Congress and Justice Democrats now explicitly include it in their platform for 2018 congressional campaigns. Mass political resistance to Trump seems to present unprecedented possibilities. But it's up to all of us to harness and grow this energy into an independent social movement powerful enough to make a Climate Mobilization government possible by 2020. Panelists will discuss The Climate Mobilization, a growing national campaign to accelerate the U.S. climate movement toward the mobilization we all need.