The Case for Declaring a Climate Emergency

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House Warming Podcast, Episode 006: The Case for Declaring a Climate Emergency   with Matt Martin, 47th Ward Alderperson 

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In this episode, Anni talks with 47th Ward Alderperson Matt Martin about his motivation to declare a climate emergency in Chicago, what this declaration means for our city, and what he envisions a massive climate mobilization will look like here.

47th Ward residents can join the 47th Ward Green Council at, or you can get involved with local climate organizations at Extinction RebellionCenter for Neighborhood TechnologyNational Resource Defence CouncilIllinois Environmental Council, or Blacks in Green

Matt Martin is serving his first term as alderperson of the 47th Ward. He lives in Lincoln Square with his wife and two children. Prior to being elected alderman, Matt worked as a civil rights lawyer at the Illinois Attorney General’s Office, where he worked on issues including police reform, immigration, healthcare, and worker’s rights. Find ward info online at, and follow along on social media at and

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We’d like to thank our sound editor, Ilana Marder-Epstein, our research assistant, Amelia Diehl, and our graphic designer, Reagan Carey, for their help with this episode, and Collective Resource Compost, for sponsoring our work.

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