Women's Congress for Future Generations
Organization: Science and Environmental Health Network
City/Country: Minneapolis, MN
The Women’s Congress for Future Generations was created to elevate women's unique responsibility to act on behalf of future generations and the Earth. The environmental movement is a microcosm of other realms of society in one troubling way: women are missing. Women know they are excluded, and women can see the mounting costs to their communities from climate change and environmental degradation. Women are also recognizing that they have unique wisdom to offer: as caretakers, survivors, the first environment for future generations. A new wave of feminism emerging, predicated not just on claiming rights, but on claiming responsibility -- a responsibility to act. The fierce responsibility is to create the paths to a habitable and healthy Earth. The Women’s Congress for Future Generations is one way that women’s unique wisdom and responsibility is being validated. The work of the Women's Congress is in realigning the law with justice. Too often, lawmakers, agencies, commissions and boards make decisions that do not result in justice for people or for Mother Earth. The image submitted for this day of action is from a workshop held September 19th in Minneapolis, MN, in partnership with SEHN, Future First, and other movement partners. Participants came together to protect the water of the upper Midwest from threatening projects like pipelines, mining and fracking. We explored critical frameworks that greatly enhance our ability to be effective Guardians, including: The Commons; the Public Trust Doctrine; Guardianship for Future Generations; the Precautionary Principle; and Free, Prior, and Informed Consent. We looked at Legal Principles developed to address the threats of with mining, fracking and pipelines and to look at how to protect what we treasure. We shared stories to illuminate how everyday people, ordinary citizens like us, can -- are -- truly making a difference. This workshop was part of the ongoing work of the Women’s Congress for Future Generations.