WECAN in Action
WECAN Wall of Women Action for People’s Climate March
Organization: Aloka Vihara Forest Monastery
Country: Placerville, CA, USA
Our beautiful planet is being destroyed by corporate greed and senseless wars that are motivated by profit. As intelligent human beings we have much greater potential than just following the drives of greed, hatred and ignorance. We must turn around and move from a human-centric domination of the Earth to recognizing our place as part of the Web of Life. Without a rapid turn around, the human race will wipe itself off this planet, taking many other species with it. There is no debate. We need to act NOW!
Organization: Aloka Vihara Forest Monastery
Country: Placerville, CA, USA
The present ecological crisis is mainly a spiritual crisis, challenging us to realize our utter interdependence with all that lives. We must adjust man-made laws in accordance with the natural laws. Time is running out - we are all together in this!
Erin Lund Johnson
Country: Cascadia, Turtle Island
We are responsible to each other; we are here to take care of each other. We cannot do this if we are damaging and destroying the life-support systems of this planet upon which all forms of life depend. We cannot do this while we objectify the land and non-human beings. The Land is Sovereign as home and and ultimate power, and all earthly beings are entitled to a healthy life free of oppression and endangerment on our shared planet. Our job is to ensure earth's life-support systems remain viable for us all. Therefore we must pay dire attention to the voices and experiences of our indigenous peoples who have lived closely with those life-support systems and have learned over generations and centuries how to live cooperatively and successfully with their fellow beings. Their lifeways are valuable and valid ways of being in this world. Both they as people and their knowledge need particular protection and care with regard to climate change and the damage it incurs. Include and honor their voices and wisdom in these historic worldwide climate talks.
Deborah Two Trees Birthing
Country: Wimberley, TX, USA
Global Climate March Austin in support of COP21 Paris Talks.
Organization: Wall of Women Colorado. WOW
Country: Denver, colorado. USA
Wall of Women Colorado is entrusted to protect the Earth For future generations. We support the children as they Challenge those who choose profit rather than Preservation. We will be joining crowds in Denver on Sunday, November 29 1:00. City Park Lake.
Renewables are an essential part of Climate Change Solutions! Let's promote them! Let's volunteer in them!
Deborah Two Trees Birthing
Country: Wimberley, TX, USA
I live in Wimberley, TX where unprecedented flooding occurred this year on Memorial Day weekend and again at Halloween. In support of the Global Climate March taking place in Austin, Paris, and around the world, I hosted a table at our local Fall Festival to spread awareness of the march, to collect signatures on the Women's Climate Declaration, and to explore ways of helping the Earth with the children, parents, and grandparents who attended. I will join the hundreds of people who have signed up to march in Austin on 29 Nov 15.
Dr. Janet Smith Warfield
Organization: Word Sculptures Publishing, L.P.
Country: Sarasota, FL, USA
Do we personally want to survive and thrive on this planet? Do we want our children and grandchildren to survive and thrive? Our species? Every living organism? If so, we need to do everything in our power to set those desires and visions as goals, commitments, and intentions. Our conduct resulting from these intentional focuses transforms us from being victims of win/lose scenarios to participants in win/win scenarios; from treating one another as objects to treating one another compassionately and ethically as subjects with similar deep needs and emotions; from exercising power over to exercising power with.
Organization: Association pour le developpement et de la promotion des droits humains
Country: Nouakchott Mauritanie
Nous faisons un appel pour le renforcement des capacites des femmes du Monde entier elles sont disponibles et competentes mais sans ressources il faut qu'elles soient autonome nous notons bien qu'il y'a une volonte politique de nos etats mais nous demandons de plus
Organization: PEUPLES SANS VOIX
Country: BUKAVU/ DRCONGO
Le déboisement anarchique occasionne la chute des rendements agricoles, ce qui amène la malnutrition, la pénurie de nourriture et d’approvisionnement en eau, dont les femmes sont responsables. De plus, la déforestation rend les déplacements et le transport de l’eau, dont les femmes sont socialement en charge, plus longs et plus dangereux pour leur sécurité personnelle, occasionnant parfois des violences sexuelles à leur encontre, individuelles ou collectives. La République Démocratique du Congo en tant que deuxième forêt tropicale au monde après la forêt amazonienne, le bassin du Congo fait face à une myriade de défis variant entre la déforestation, l'exploitation illégale du bois et le trafic d'espèces sauvages au changement climatique. En République Démocratique du Congo plus de 85% de la population utilisent la biomasse traditionnelle (bois et charbon de bois) pour satisfaire leur besoin de cuisson, d’éclairage et de chauffage, de manière non durable avec l’utilisation des foyers traditionnels qui est une pratique qui contribue à la pollution de l’atmosphère, de l’environnement et à la dégradation de la vie des familles, et de la population en général.
This women are representing women who are living in Yayu Forest Biosphere Reserve area. Though their area holds 65% of the country's forest which can serve as carbon sink, they are affected by climate change as crop yield has decreased dramatically. Therefore, they are asking for quick Climate Justice.
james kamanu mbugua
Our Environment, Our , FUTURE, Our Responsibility, Young girls are The Future women , lets engage them in Climate Change Mitigation as Early as possible...
Dr Naina Rao Athalye
Strengthening our ability for non violent communication and creative community action is the need of the hour to ensure peace, protect human rights, to ensure climate justice and promote sustainabile development.
Organization: Al Gore's Climate Reality Women Leaders
Country: Miami Fl
Women want climate justice!
Country: Valley View Texas USA
Please save want little natural resources and nature that we have left. God gave us everything for all our needs Yes if god is watching us then I hope everyone does the right thing this is gods earth and its for our children we come from it we return to it give the children to come a safe haven of love
Country: Uttrakhand, India
Women in Almora and Nainital area showing solidarity in their continuous struggle and fight to protect their traditional seeds and natural resources (Land, Forest, Water ) and their rights over them to ensure food and nutrition security in the face of climate change. and various forces acting against the interest of women and the marginalised.
Women, together with their traditional seeds, promising – “we will protect our seeds, our forests, water , land and we will continue to protect our rights over them”
Seeds of Millets like “barnyard millet, finger millet, proso millet”, traditional lentils locally called “gurunsh, rains, gahat, black bhat”, Wheat, Paddy, shown in the photo are being saved and exchanged by women.BACKGROUND:
Our interactions with the community especially women in some of the hilly areas in Nainital and Almora district in state of Uttrakhand ,revealed sad and serious state of affairs. Through discussions, observations we realized that agro biodiversity in the area has declined sharply, there were increasing incidences of deteriorating soil fertility (soil health) in fields and soil erosion along hill slopes. Increasing number of women and children were suffering with malnutrition and anaemia. With market based, junk food gaining popularity everywhere , especially amongst youth and children, consumption of local ,nutritious, tasty, diverse variety of food took a nosedive these past few years. Above all , we came across villages where almost all the farmers were reeling under heavy debts primarily due to increasing costs of agricultural inputs ( and decreasing profit margins in cash crops) , heavy medical bills and also increasing food prices. So the health of humans , in particular women and children, health of animals and heath of our ecosystem was in poor state.
At the same time we did come across women and men who expressed desire to bring back some of the traditional crops and varieties due to their high nutritive value, taste, sturdiness, being less labor, capital and time intensive, and also their increasing demand in the market. They also showed interest in learning efficient , economically viable, ecologically sound methods of agriculture such as composting, preparing bio fertilizers and biopesticides and other agricultural practices.
Chintan International Trust , along with women and marginalized sections are working to strengthen the health of Humans, Environment and Animals with Ecohealth approach, in the Middle Himalayan ranges , in India.
james kamanu mbugua
Women suffer the Effects of Climate Change Most, Therefore they should involved in Mitigation at all Levels
Organization: WoMin - African Women United Against Destructive Resource Extraction
Country: Port Harcourt, Nigeria
On 29th September women from Uganda, the Democratic Republic of Congo, Zimbabwe, Kenya, Malawi, Tanzania, South Africa, Ghana and Nigeria marched for Energy, Food and Climate Justice in Port Harcourt, the epicenter of the oil and gas industry in Nigeria. The mobilization was planned to coincide with the 2015 Global Women’s Climate Justice Day of Action.
The group of over 120 women, led by members of the WoMin gender and extractives alliance marched from the city center to Government House where the group handed over their list of demands. The group called for big corporations, whose extractive activities have contributed to climate change, to respect the environment and for government to act against corporations whose actions and omissions destroy eco-systems and livelihoods of impacted communities. Spokespeople from each of the countries represented in the action delivered statements of solidarity. As they marched women sang songs of protest against the environmental degradation and social devastation which have accompanied years, sometimes decades, of destructive extractivism in Africa. Women called for unity and solidarity of women and demanded ‘climate justice now’!
Emem Okon, Executive Director of Kebetkache Women Resource and Development Center in Nigeria said that the march was particularly important in light of the UN Assembly meeting to adopt the Sustainable Development Goals. The WoMin Director, Samantha Hargreaves, added that the extraction and combustion of fossil fuels has destroyed the land and livelihoods of women across the region, and its cumulative effect – climate change – will contribute to the premature death of 180 million Africans by 2100 if current trends continue. This demands a rapid transition towards a model of renewable energy which is women-led, socialized, and decentralized.
The Women in the picture are from Bale forest biosphere. They are participating in conservation practice while changing their economic income from the forest coffee. They are the main clients in the Rainforest coffee certification programme. They protect their environment, conserve the forest and take responsibility of their society. As a result RA certify their coffee to get a good premium. As the forest is the most endangered, their contribution is marked significant.
Organization: India Development Project
Global Women’s Climate Justice Day of Action was organized by MAA TARINI MAHILA MAHASANGHA,the Federation of Women CBOs(Community Based Organisations )of Keonjhar district at Village Akhupal in Ghatgaon block of Keonjhar district in Odisha,India on 29th September,2015.The programme was financially supported by India Development Project and morally and technically supported by WECAN International and 1Million Women.
The Participants from different member organizations(Women CBOs)from different villages of Keonjhar district arrived at IDP’s Womens’ Training Centre at Akhupal at 11.00 a.m. on 29th September,2015.The programme was formally inaugurated by Mrs.Jyotshnamai Das,the Chairperson of India Development Project by lighting the lamp.The inaugural programme was presided by Mrs.Malati Tanty,the Vice-President of Maa Tarini Mahila Mahasangha.
The Programme started with the Opening EARTH SONG (the Video was obtained from The Bob Brown Foundation,Australia).The President of the inaugural programme has requested Mr.Gokulananda Ojha to give the key note address and the present scenario of Keonjhar district in connection with the Environment and Climatic condition. Mr.Ojha presented a graphic picture of how the Mining Companies are engaged in excavating Mines with modern Machines and technology and how millions of trees and medicinal plants destroyed everyday in the Mining Areas and how the Forest Mafias destroys the rainforest i.e.the ATAI Reserved Forest(the Only Forest in Keonjhar district).He said due to massive deforestation in the adjoining hills ,the alluvium top soil leached out and the Soil lost the water holding capacity. As a result of which the upper part of Keonjhar district is affected with Drought every year and lower part of Anandapur Sub-Division is affected by Flood every year. The average Annual rainfall of Keonjhar district is 1500 mm,but in order to harvest Paddy it requires only 200 mm of rainfall. The rainfall stops in the 2nd week of September every year at the flowering stage of Paddy. Since the Soil has lost the water holding capacity the Paddy dries up and yield became very low and even the farmer could not get the quantity of Paddy he/she has shown in his/her land.
The participants pointed out that due to massive tree felling in the mining areas and deforestation in the adjoining hills and Reserved Forest the ground water table is going deeper and deeper. The bore wells/hand pumps being installed in different villages by the Government Department became defunct in most of the areas and Women suffer a lot since water drawing responsibility of the family is vested upon the Mothers.
Some of the Women members said that a couple of months back they have submitted application to some District level Officials requesting to arrange Cashew Plantation programme but no Official have visited the villages and approved the application even if there is a provision to undertake Plantation in the district and plenty of Funds are available for the purpose.
Last year the member of Maa Tarini Mahila Mahasangha who are residing in Akhupal village have taken up Plantation of Cashew and Accasia species in 40 acres of barren Wastelands belongs to Women stakeholders. The participants visited the field to see the reality. After seeing the success of the Initiative all participants have decided to write a Memorandum to the Chief Minister of Odisha Government requesting to sanction massive plantation programme and help the Women Federation to implement it in order to reduce Global warming at the Global level and keeping the village environment cool at the local level.
Organization: Caritas Pakistan Karachi
Country: Karachi, Pakistan
Statement about your work:
Caritas Pakistan Karachi under their Livelihood and Food Security program observed the Global Women’s Climate Justice Day of Action on 29th of September, 2015 with Women Group of Joshua Garden.
The Awareness session on impact of Climate change on women and role of women to fight against climate change with Plantation of Fruit trees was organized.
The trees absorb carbon dioxide which is harmful for human and produce oxygen which is vital for health and our atmosphere.
Its urgent action is needed to plant more and more trees in our community to save our mother Earth. Because trees are the lungs of our earth, which provided us clean Air and shadow and trees are our friends.
Climate Impacts in our Region
Amongst the countries most-affected by climate change, Pakistan is the most vulnerable country as it has been experiencing an intense climate change impacts throughout its ecological zones such as glaciers, high mountains, tropical forests, riverine belts, deserts, and coastal ecosystems. As a consequence, in view of escalating social, environmental and economic challenges for the country, climate change has recently raised serious concerns.
Pakistan is one of the leaders in the ranking of 10 countries with the highest index of climate risk. The World Bank has estimated that the change of temperature in South Asia has caused the country a loss of about 3.6 billion dollars (3.2 billion euro) in the last 18 years.
Not only have that, in the last 50 years, there been epidemics, floods, famine and drought. The last emergency (in chronological order) that the country faced was the constant power outing of the national electrical system that, along with exceptional heat wave in late June caused more than 1,000 deaths in the city of Karachi.
Solutions Caritas Pakistan propose
Caritas Pakistan has been responding to climate change in the country through solid waste management program, introducing early warning systems in disaster prone communities, public awareness seminars, tree plantation campaigns, poster competitions, theatre performances, trainings on fuel efficient stoves and bio gas plants, promotion of organic farming and kitchen gardening and publication of IEC material.
Why women are key to climate solutions
Climate Change is not gender neutral and women bear a disproportionate burden of climate change consequences. Women are in fact closer to nature than their male counterparts and possess traditional experiences and profound knowledge of nature. Women in rural communities are the backbone of agricultural production and play a significant role in the management of natural resources because of their social and economic roles which require them to provide food, fuel, fodder and income derived from the surrounding resource base. Hence, Rural Women suffer most of the burden of risk when the climate change impacts upon natural resources or a natural disaster (floods, cyclone, and drought) comes off. For instance, when the land is flooded and infrastructure (roads and houses) are damaged, large scale displacement from inundated areas happens and much of the burden of dislodgment falls on women.
Unfortunately, Climate change is also intensifying violence against women. The climate change has fact exposed communities to extreme weather i.e. rise temperature in summer, unpredictable and unprecedented rain fall, high wind speed, etc. the community in rural and slum areas has revealed that the climate change is putting more pressure on women as compared to men.
Women are the front victim of the climate crisis; women in rural Pakistan spend most of their time in doing agricultural activities and collecting water and fuel for their families. Changing weather patterns are constantly affecting agriculture and natural resources including forest and water. As a consequence of these changes, workload and hardship of women has increased manifold.
Therefore we need to involve women from top to bottom from policy to action to fight against climate change and Save Mother Earth from Global warming.
Women's Climate Declaration translated into Romanian.
Women's Earth & Climate Action Network
Country: New York City, USA
"Women around the world are well aware that what is happening in the 'halls of power' is not nearly enough action given the degree of climate crisis that we face and the injustices and impacts felt by women on the frontlines across the globe. We are mobilizing women from around the world to stand for climate justice and bold action at COP21 and beyond.” -Osprey Orielle Lake, Executive Director, WECAN International
On September 29th, an incredible group of women took action outside of the United Nations in New York City where world governments were meeting for the UN General Assembly. We are rising and calling for action to keep fossil fuels in the ground and protect the web of life for generations present and future.
Organization: Children's Environmental Literacy Foundation
Country: New York, US
The future is not ours, but our children's. It is up to us to provide the education, values and resources necessary for them to create and implement solutions for a healthy, just and beautiful future.
Ahmad Abu Safieh
Organization: Natuf Organization & AYCM Palestine
Country: Gaza, Palestine
One of the most important outputs of The role of rural women in addressing the climate change issue in the Palestinian territories project which will cover the role of the rural women and what they learned from those workshops and how they translate what they learn to the ground in their life. Also, this video will show our strategies and what we hope to do in this field to increase the trend of the society toward the sustainable and safe environment away from the climate change impacts. The role of rural women in addressing the climate change issue in the Palestinian territories project which funded by the Global Greengrants Fund GGf. Implementation and partnership By Natuf Organization for Environment & Community Development and Arab Youth Climate Movement - Palestine Team The purpose of this project is: to empower rural women in redressing issues of environment rights, explore best mitigation and adaptation on the ground solutions, and to confront the climate change. Workshop Objectives: 1. To bring awareness to rural women about the seriousness of the environment and climate issues. 2. To mobilize Palestinian rural women representatives in order to address the climate change and the environment degradation. 3. To have representatives from the rural women to share their stories on the three key focus areas of; Environment degradation, Erosion, drought and desertification, the decline of the economy and the emigration. 4. To identify future strategies to confront the environment and climate issues in the rural regions in Palestinian territories. 5. Enable rural women to organize around climate mitigation or adaptation related issues like tree planting, water conservation issues, climate policy agenda. 6. Begin a communications and media program in conjunction with AYCM to share stories of women and climate change in the region.
Organization: Grassroots Global Justice Alliance/Southwest Workers Union
Country: San Antonio, TX, US
Climate change - effects on Moldova Women - We can live in a healthy environment Today I am back to my roots, back in my lovely country, back in my forgotten community. I've spent my first 20 years here. I am a woman. Alone, I can change nothing. After the collapse of USSR, the whole infrastructure stopped its functionality, and for more than 20 years we are feeling the crisis of unfinished environmental projects. We are going backwards. The water pipes are rotten. The outdoor toilets are placed near gardens where food is cultivated. Therefore, the health and sanitation issues are showing their effects on people. Many have no sewerage systems. Preventive medicine is a luxury. Today, every corner of the street in the rural area is a filled with garbage. Children in schools used to clean twice a year the town, the river banks, parks and green areas. This idea is not supported by school administration anymore. Eastern European country, that due to corrupt Government cannot even think close about Climate Change. The mass migration and economic crisis has created a lack of interest in climate change issues. Along with that, it creates a lot of complains and and a lack of solutions. The change of temperatures are affecting the agriculture. Note, Moldova’s main atu is the Agriculture, so far known as the main way our country survives nowadays. 20 years ago, it was a norm in our communities to use traditional energy resources. In 2000, we got natural gas pipes everywhere, now these are expensive. Due to the high demands of Gas price, cold winters and political pressure, low economy and corruption, people cannot cover winter expenses for heating. During winter it is impossible to cover the household expenses with the salary one has. Therefore, many rural women leave their households, leave abroad to earn their living for the winter. The other part often chooses to use traditional energy sources. They spend mostly electricity and water all their household activities on lighting the houses, cooking, housewarming, washing, cleaning, taking care of their personal hygiene, taking care of children, sick relatives and elderly. Through years of hard work and care, that is specific for women, women of Moldova have gained considerable knowledge about energy resources, including the methods for energy location, maximum exploitation, quality and storage. Women are not just victims of climate change and environmental degradation. They also possess knowledge and skills that are critical in identifying local solutions to environmental problems. Experience shows that the mobility of households and communities depends largely on the mobility of women. For Moldova, the Women's Climate Declaration is an important step to implement. We hope that the upcoming conference will bring more visibility in such a joint effort. Good luck! P.S. Photo captures a blind woman in her 80's not prepared for the yet to come cold winter.
Mayah Cueva Franco
Uyay Minga is a community tourism project which offers Llanchama community in Ecuador, located on the bank of river Tiputini within the Yasuni National Park, access resources not from oil exploitation, but rather community tourism as a sustainable alternative for the care of their rights, knowledge and culture, and the preservation of its natural environment, becoming an example that can be replicated in neighboring communities. Our visitors have the opportunity to live a unique cultural, social and spiritual experience. A volunteer experience and learning, in which each participant may be satisfied to contribute their resources for the sustainable economic development of the community, while learning firsthand how to live and feel of the inhabitants of the heart of the forest, and while participates in the daily activities of the community. Within the community the learning process is carried out under a model of organic education school calls "Jungle Wisdom", a space to learn through knowledge and ancestral wisdom techniques and alternative forms of existence, with simple practices, importance of preserving the forest, and coexistence with all life forms. Practices that have allowed ancestrally balance, based on a direct relationship they have with the spirits that inhabit it. One way to confront the dominant development model in which Westerners are immersed. The last activity carried out within the community, was the ART residence UYAY / in which 10 national and international artists, from different disciplines participated for experimental audiovisual and sound research that could serve to disseminate the wealth of this area and the importance of conservation.
Organization: RECOFTC - The Center for People and Forests
Country: Bangkok, Thailand
Today is the Global Women's Climate Justice Day of Action, where women around the world take stage to denounce environmental and social degradation, call for real action from world deciders at COP21 climate negotiations, and bring to light how and why women are central to effective and equitable climate solutions. RECOFTC - The Center for People and Forests takes action as part of this global mobilization. Help spread the word that women are central to achieving effective and equitable climate solutions by sharing RECOFTC's videos on "Women and climate change" (www.youtube.com/watch?v=z7wsl_AP4Qs) and "Empowering indigenous women" (www.youtube.com/watch?v=JDlAi6Thabc&feature=youtu.be)
Organization: University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa Hawaiʻinuiākea School of Hawaiian Knowledge
The ʻAimalama Lunar Conference planned by Native Hawaiian women brought together peoples of Hawaiʻi and the Pacific who are revitalizing lunar practices to share lunar methodologies with one another and build a regional community of practice. Practitioners, especially indigenous women are again learning how to efficiently use the traditional lunar calendar today to restore wisdom of agriculture productivity, marine and forest gathering, resource management, health and healing, and daily practices that provide sustenance for the health and well-being of a community. Traditional lunar practices is a proficient tool to note baselines for healthy environments followed by tracking changes that are occuring daily, seasonaly, annually, and episodically. The Kaulana Mahina is an ancient tool that indigenous ancestors used to track changes by observing and recording migrational patterns, nesting or spawning cycles, and weather changes. This ancient wisdom is pertinent for identifying previously observed natural indicators that have historically conveyed signs that environmental degradation or change would ensue. We believe that traditional lunar calendar practices are one of the processes in which changes are recorded and preparation to adaptive changes for survival can be considered. The photos feature a Keynote done by a revered Native Hawaiian elder, Aunty Pua Kanakaʻole Kanahele, salt practitioner Malia Nobrega-Olivera from the island of Kauaʻi sharing about the impacts of climate change on our cultural practices, and Kalei Nuʻuhiwa teaching others about the Native Hawaiian Kaulana Mahina lunar methodology. More info available at- http://aimalama.org
Organization: Rolfe Photography
Country: Lewes, DE. USA
Telling the stories that need to be told of SLR and Climate Change through images (still and video) . Attached image is of Alyson Myers of Kegotank Bio standing amongst the algae in a coastal creek on the Eastern Shore. Photo by © Judy G.Rolfe
Organization: Global Ocean Health
Country: Seattle, USA
I edit and write the Ocean Acidification Report (globaloceanhealth.org, Our Publications), following the drastic changes to our oceans and its creatures that are occurring as a result of climate change. I will be attending COP21 in Paris this December and making sure the ocean gets its due (it provides over 50% of the oxygen on this planet!). Climate action needs to happen now! Women and children and all the rest of the world deserve to see a real US cap & trade market in place, and GLOBAL agreement on carbon reductions. We are out of time! I worked from home today to have a zero emissions (or as close as possible) day - sitting in a window for sunlight, only running a laptop.
Emem Bridget Okon
Organization: Kebetkache Women Development & Resource Centre
Kebetkache Women Development and Resource Centre and the Women Regional Alliance during a climate justice march to mark September 29, Day of action for climate justuce
Organization: Women at Climate Reality Leadership Training
Country: Miami, USA
La Tierra Es Sagrada #WomenforClimateJustice Tierra Madres por Obama #CRinMiami
Country: San Diego, USA
I took a vow if silence on September 29th, 2015 while on my university campus, Southwestern College, in Chula Vista, CA. I hung a sign on my backpack which read "Today I am under a vow of silence on behalf of the Earth #ClimateWomenSpeak @WECAN_INTL. You, my friend, can participate too by adding your signature to A Declaration by WECAN to submit yo the U.N. Climate Negotiations Convention happening this December in Paris." I also carried a 20x23" sign with quote by me, Yennifer, in regards to remember the language of Nature so we may sustain humanity in a world full of life and love for Earth. Some students I never met before took photos of me to share on instagram and expressed their solidarity in addressing climate change. With the help of my iPad, I gathered 12 signatures in the course of one day. I olan to continue my vow of silence to seek students who share a vision of community in a culture of action at Southwestern College in San Diego, California.
Organization: Idle No More SF Bay
Country: Richmond, California and across the Americas
I am in prayer today with other women, other elders, grandmothers, who have children and grandchildren and want a safe and clean and just world for the next seven generations to come. In Richmond, California and in the Bay Area, we are part of a refinery corridor that is dominated by five different big oil companies that pollute our communities, particularly indigenous and communities of color, and also link us to our indigenous sisters in the Tar Sands and in the Bakken Oil Fields of the midwest and in the South to our sisters in Central and South America. We organize four healing walks between the major refineries every spring for four months, march against fracking and work continuously for climate justice. We are scattered across the Americas today, on this 29th of September, however, we are connected deeply anyway. Today I am in prayer with sisters in California, with sisters in New York and across the Americas... all of us working in our own ways and in our own communities to take a stand against fossil fuels and toxic extreme extractive energy. We work together continuously to pray, take action and work in coalitions for a fossil-free future where there will be a sustainable, just system for all those alive now, human and plant and animals and all forms of life, and for the generations to come. Pictures of my message and some of our women-led healing walks and actions attached.
Organization: Resisting Environmental Destruction on Indigenous Lands (REDOIL)
REDOIL, Alaskans and Our Allies kicked sHELL out of the Arctic! ….. “This is an amazing result of the fight to defend the Arctic. Insane energy policy plans such as Shell’s risky Arctic Drilling endeavors which promote more extraction of fossil fuels at a time of climate crisis gave birth to a peoples movement to stand up for the Earth and her finite resources. Today I honor to all that took on this fight, and stood with us. The fight to protect the Arctic is far from over, but this is definitely a victory for the people, especially the Inupiat who have been on the forefront of protecting the Arctic ecosystem, which sustains their ancestral whaling way of life. We hope that the company realizes Arctic Drilling should be totally scrapped since the risks outweigh the benefits.” ~Faith Gemmill, Neets’aii Gwich’in/Pit River/Wintu, Executive Director Resisting Environmental Destruction of Indigenous Lands (REDOIL)
Organization: The Polar Pom-Pom Project
Country: San Francisco Bay Area, USA
Climate change can feel big and overwhelming but I try to make small daily choices that are good for the environment and teach my daughter to do the same. I created The Polar Pom-Pom Project to engage children with art and the Arctic, in order to connect them directly with issues relating to climate change. I worked with over 650 kids on the project and journeyed into the High Arctic with 2000+ yarn pom-poms to make a series of work to continue the conversation about preserving our planet for our kids and teaching them to be the future guardians.
Organization: Hillswick Wildlife Sanctuary
Country: Shetland, Scotland
In the Shetland Islands 100 miles north of Scotland a group of women - Da Wives Atween Wadders - gathered sea-borne rubbish from a local beach and used it to create a collage of Uruk, the polar bear, standing on a melting iceberg, which felt very appropriate with this week's news about Shell. We're planning more small, achievable actions to get the climate change message out there in a creative way.
Country: San Rafael, CA U.S.A.
We are advocating that communities adopt and enforce 'No Idling' policies. Our air already suffers by our use of fossil fuels. We are asking that all people not idle their vehicles longer than TEN SECONDS. More than that is also harmful to their engines.
Muna S. Kassim
Organization: The university of mustansiriyah
Country: Baghdad- Iraq
Be strong , Be the power of life
Seana, Mary, Jamie and Sierra
Organization: Restorative Leadership Institute
Country: Boulder, Colorado, USA
As concerned citizens of a planet in delicate balance, we are calling on the leaders of the 123 parties of the Rome Statute to make Ecocide the 5th International Crime Against Peace. Ecocide is the extensive damage to, destruction of or loss of ecosystems, whether by human agency or by other causes, to such an extent that peaceful enjoyment by the inhabitants of that ecosystem has been or will be severely diminished. We are launching this petition because we feel that we must criminalize actions that threaten the wellbeing of our planet by creating a legally binding method of holding perpetrators of Ecocide accountable. We hope you'll join us in signing and sharing our petition asking world leaders to take action NOW: http://www.thepetitionsite.com/890/838/515/protect-planet-earth-ask-world-leaders-to-pass-international-ecocide-law/ We are filled with gratitude to be rising up with women around the world who are are ready to activate our collective intelligence toward a brighter future! The 21st century is calling us to greatness and nothing less will do.
Organization: Got Green
From super typhoon Haiyan to Hurricane Katrina, to the wildfires and drought here and around the world, people of color, especially women and their children, are bearing the brunt of environmental racism and displacement from their homes. I want to see justice for all the people who have been forced to migrate because of the damage to their homelands caused by this destructive economy. Privatization, market-based solutions are false solutions! Climate justice means challenging systems that perpetuate the oppression of our communities and Mother Earth
Organization: EarthSpark International
Country: Les Anglais, Haiti
Rachel McManus installs smart meters at the EarthSpark microgrid in Les Anglais, Haiti. #climatewomenspeak Community-scale microgrids can bring clean reliable power to towns beyond the grid and serve as models for scalable smart infrastructure.
Organization: Label GMO California's Grassroots
I STAND WITH THOSE WHO DEFEND THE SACRED! Real food from real seed for ALL. GMO FREE sustainable and regenerative farming. Respect our Mother Earth. Save Seeds. Protect pollinators. Decolonize our food system. The soil will save us! DIVEST from toxic pesticide use. <3
Researched, designed and built completely nontoxic home Designed and practice maximum yield organic gardens Eat organic, vegan and local.
Centre For 21st century Issue
Organization: Centre for 21st century Issues
Country: Lagos , Nigeria
Organization: Grassroots Global Justice Alliance
In the United States on October 14th, there will be a people's climate movement national day of action targeting climate deniers. It is true that women are impacted by climate change. However, women are also at the forefront of developing strategies and putting forth solutions that deal directly with the climate crisis. Women in particular will be calling out government collusion and inaction around climate. As world leaders continue to shift responsibility and blame around, women continue to face the brunt of the impacts of environmental racism, climate change, and policies that do not protect us. The October 14th National Day of Action Women is part of our Road to Paris and Beyond organizing. Women around the world are planning to converge in Paris in December when the UNFCCC meets again. After 20 years of failed discussions, women understand that change comes from the bottom up. We hope you all join us!
Organization: WECAN MENA
Country: Tlemcen, Algeria
Women need to be mobilized for Climate justice. Women are the key for Climate Justice.
Angela Monti Fox
Organization: The Mothers Project
Country: Global USA and beyond
Our Mission Posted on May 9, 2012 Our Mission This is a global coalition of mothers formed on behalf of children who cannot vote or make public policy. As their advocates and protectors, we support energy sources that do not fill our children’s environment—and thus their bodies—with toxic pollutants. Recognizing that our children’s lives are inextricably bound to the abiding ecology of the planet, we support energy sources that do not threaten the stability of the world’s climate, acidify its oceans, or fill the air with asthma- inducing, cancer-causing fumes. As mothers are the first environments for our children, we mothers support energy sources that do not threaten the inner sanctuaries of pregnancy with chemicals linked to birth defects, preterm birth, and cognitive deficits. As such, we support immediate, full-scale investments in renewable energy and oppose all forms of extreme fossil fuel extraction. These include the removal of mountaintops for coal production, the drilling for oil in deep oceans, all forms of drilling for oil and gas, the felling of boreal forests for tar sands, and the use of high-volume horizontal hydrofracturing (fracking) to blast apart bedrock for the extraction of oil and natural gas. That we are against all forms of fossil fuel extraction does not mean we are for nuclear energy. We believe that the United States must become a world leader in implementing energy production, distribution, and policies that will phase out the use of all forms of fossil fuels and nuclear power in the most expedient and immediately attainable timetables set by the scientific community. As documented by a substantial body of scientific evidence, a reliance on extreme fossil fuels and nuclear power undermines the healthy development of children and raises their risk for disability and chronic disease. In response, we pledge to endorse, educate, and advocate for sustainable, renewable forms of energy via grassroots initiatives throughout the world. We acknowledge that The Mothers Project™ was founded as a result of the extensive drilling for gas using the new technology of horizontal hydraulic fracturing. This by no means excludes our concern for all forms of fossil fuel extraction by any means and the sources of contamination inherent in its continued use and the continued use of nuclear power. Our special concerns regarding hydraulic fracturing focus on the toxic chemicals and combustion by products into densely populated areas where millions of children live and where their food is grown. As such our special concerns address America’s unbridled rush into the “new gas boom” that has spurred the proliferation of highly toxic sites across millions of backyards, schoolyards, neighborhoods, family farms, and recreational areas. Fracking is laying waste to our nation’s forests, sending sediment into our rivers and streams, spreading blankets of smog across our communities, erecting toxic pits in our farmers’ fields, filling our Main Streets with fleets of diesel trucks, and shattering the bedrock of our nation. In this regard, our effort is not a political one; it is a deeply moral and spiritual response. The United States is now exporting its earth-shattering technology of high volume, horizontal hydro-fracturing for use in other countries. As mothers, we know these same countries are inhabited by pregnant women, breastfeeding infants, school children and teenagers—all of whom need clean air, pure water, safe food, and unpolluted places to live and play. It is our nation of mothers who stand in solidarity with them and in opposition to the continued, evermore toxic extraction of fossil fuels. It is time for a 21st century solution to our energy needs. Blowing up bedrock is not it. www.themothersproject.org
Organization: Nature's Friends
Country: Victoria, VA USA
Rev Dele coordinated a climate science training for the 37 United Church of Christ congregations in the Potomac Association
Organization: Women's Earth & Climate Action Network Latin America
Women and men in Latin America and Caribbean are working with Women's Earth and Climate Action Network demanding climate justice for all. Please see our video below.
Women's Congress for Future Generations
Organization: Science and Environmental Health Network
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.
Organization: African Youth Initiative on Climate Change-Kenya
The clip carries a description of how climate change continues to affect the planting cycle and even the way we dress.As young ladies from the African Youth Initiative on Climate Change-Kenya,we are actively involved in advocating for sustainable development for the benefit of women.this we do through participation in favorable policy formulation and even activities at the ground level. We believe women are central to climate justice since they command a lot of influence around human activities which enhance climate change.For instance collecting firewood,agriculture among others. We urge world governments to ensure maximum inclusion of women in positions and decision making levels which influence climate justice.
Organization: Coalición Ecuménica por el Cuidado de la Creación
Country: Santiago, Chile
As we are an ecumenical coalition, we are sharing and creating a campaign to teach and involve people with the "Laudato si" encyclical. Our propose is to share a phrase with a reflexion according to our reality in Chile. In that sense, this text have a significant meaning to our communities to face the consequences of climate change. Also, we are joining the international calls to the care of creation. On the other hand, me, as a young woman interested in the environment, I'm working for the climate change and the relation with the faith. Because the nature is part of the creation and part of us. In that sense, my main interest is to protect the glaciers, as a resource of water for future.
Organization: Girls' Empowerment Program and Network(GEPaN)
Justice to climate change begins with me. Let us all participate in climate change by training our communities in environmental conservation techniques and methods.
Women in Swaziland held a training and dialogue on the 20th September. We signed the Women's Climate Declaration
Organization: Earth Guardians
Most people in the United States have water when they turn a faucet on. I don't. My well is dry and even though I live in the city limits the city won't run a water line to my road. In order to have running water when I turn on the faucet I have to go get my water. This means driving 30 miles round trip to fill the 100 gallon tank that sits in the back of my truck. I do this every day.
I am one of the Earth Guardian environmental program writers. I am raising my voice for Climate Justice. My goal for the coming year is to bring awareness to what a fragile, limited, valuable resource water is.
Country: Fes, Morocco
For the most vulnerable of us, the most impacted, yet the less contributing to Climate change; CLIMATE JUSTICE NOW!
Organization: Keep Thailand Beautiful
We ask nothing from the Thai government except to be our partner. Too many times we blame governments for not doing enough and feel our small efforts make no difference. We beg for 'big picture' change that we feel only governments can provide. Here in Thailand change can be slow but that does not need to be the case. People power, together with government and industry, is the key.
1 Million Women Team
Organization: 1 Million Women
Country: Sydney, Australia
We are women taking action in our own lives. We demand climate justice now!
Organization: Conceivable Future
Country: New York, USA
The climate crisis is a reproductive crisis. For some of us, the perils of climate change have discouraged us from bearing children, foreclosed the opportunity. Others of us have one child, or adopt children. For some, parenthood has galvanized us towards greater action. Some of us read the paper every day, searching for a sign that we are coming to our senses, that it might be safe to have a baby after all. We do the math and compare it to the news–how many years do we have left in our reproductive windows? Or –how old will my child be when we reach 2 degrees? Will we get our act together in time to prevent the worst? As we consider starting families, it becomes clear that the perils of climate change have made this a terrifying time to make such choices. Privately, growing numbers of young people struggle with the decision because our lived experience tells us that something is very wrong. Our generation is feeling the consequences of our parents’ ignorance and indifference: we now have to worry that the planet won’t support our children. For us, unlike for many of our leaders, ‘future generations’ is a practical matter: It is impossible for us to have a child without considering what kind of world they will face. Parents protect their children from everyday threats, but rely on their leaders to protect them from larger threats, and ours have repeatedly favored big fossil fuel business over a habitable future for our next generation. Climate change has been an internationally recognized threat for at least twenty five years, and in that time American lawmakers have broken trust with us again and again by subsidizing the fossil fuel industry with tens of billions of dollars annually. We can’t shelter our children from another Katrina, or another Sandy, a Washington mudslide, and we can’t feed them when drought destroys our food supply. Throughout history we have always had to think about what sorts of lives our children would live; that’s what it means to be a parent. This is our time and climate change–and its consequences–is our struggle. If our elected officials won’t stop giving away money to the industry that is killing us, then our government is not by the people, of the people, or for the people, and it is terrifying to entrust a child’s future to it. We demand the right to make reproductive choices free from massive, avoidable, government-supported harm. We demand that the US end fossil fuel subsidies as an act of commitment toward our generation and those that follow. We offer these testimonies as an act of conscience for our nation’s future. We do this so that the next generation of children may lead healthy lives. This part of the climate crisis has been private until now. We bring it into the light in order to make it seen, and to reckon with it.
Country: Hanapepe, Kauaʻi, Hawaiʻi
A call has gone out to the people of Hawaiʻi and the Pacific who are currently reviving and reconnecting traditional lunar calendar wisdom to daily practices. Practitioners are again learning how to efficiently use the traditional lunar calendar today to restore wisdom of agriculture productivity, marine and forest gathering, resource management, health and healing, and daily practices that provide sustenance for the health and well-being of a community. The ʻAimalama Lunar Conference will bring together peoples of Hawaiʻi and the Pacific who are revitalizing lunar practices to share lunar methodologies with one another and build a regional community of practice. http://wecaninternational.org/form_documents/8/Aimalama2014-FINAL1.pdf
Dr. Emilie Falc
Organization: Winona State University
Country: Winona, MN USA
I am Dr. Emilie Falc, Associate Professor at Winona State University. My climate justice solution involves several areas of advocacy. I advocate for keeping fossil fuels in the ground and for supporting the movements that support climate justice in my courses having taught Environmental Communication and incorporating these messages into all the communication and women, gender and sexuality studies courses that I teach. I advocate for engaged democracy through promoting citizen-sourcing solutions, just like the one on the WECAN International website. I advocate for climate justice through creating with my spouse, Jay, an energy efficient home. With Tim Gulden from Winona Renewable Energy and helpful tax credits and incentives from Excel energy, we installed an 8 Kilowatt Solar Array to power our energy and the homes and businesses in our community. I advocate for climate justice when I ride my bike and pull a bike trailer to school and shopping.
Organization: United Methodist Church
Java Mountain Coffee
Organization: Java Mountain Coffee
Country: Java, Indonesia
Some statistics about the cup of coffee on your breakfast table in the morning, or in your hand as you travel to work: Of all the human labor that goes into producing coffee, around 80% is done by rural women.One kilo of green coffee – about 2.2 pounds – makes 80 lattes, retailing at about $3 a cup. That’s around $240 for a kilo of coffee. The women who produce it are paid just $1.75 per day.
These are just three of the reasons why we believe you and other coffee drinkers around the world will eventually prefer Java Mountain Coffee over any other. Our mission is to disrupt and bring to an end, once and for all, to the outdated supply chain model of coffee production and distribution in Indonesia which was set up 300 years ago by the Dutch, set up by men for men.
How the global coffee business is done has hardly changed in all that time. Fairtrade International estimates that 42% of the supply chain in coffee is controlled by just three companies. And, of course, almost 100% of the whole chain is run by men who prefer to deal with men, not with the women farmers who grow the beans and bring in the harvest.
On 8 March 2015, International Women's Day, we launched our locally based indigenous social enterprise using the UN Women Empowerment Principles as our guide. We aim to empower one million women to assist control their farming and their financial dealings with global coffee drinkers and retailers. We aim to plant 3 million seedlings by 2020, both coffee plants and the kind of trees that will give the coffee bushes the vital shade they need and, provide secondary household income from crops such as fruit. We aim to help women farmers run their businesses in a way that is sustainable and environmentally sound.
But what is it that will make Java Mountain Coffee so different to the coffee you can buy now? When we produce our coffee, it will be the first time in over 300 years that beans from Java will be carefully quality micro roasted at origin within days after harvesting by local women, packaged fresh and sent to global markets ready for sale.
In Indonesia, so many of our country’s resources and commodities are exported in their natural state, and international companies reap the value-added rewards of processing them elsewhere. But this is an outdated supply chain model and is not sustainable for people and our planet. Modern transport, modern processing techniques and modern packaging technology all mean that there is no reason why Indonesian farmers - most of them women - can’t earn these premiums on their produce for themselves.
We want to move away from the current system which means that green coffee in its raw, unprocessed form is stored here after harvest, sometimes for months, then sent to the global markets where again it is stored before being roasted. And even then it can sit in warehouses for months or years before consumers drink it.
But Java Mountain Coffee will represent another ‘first’, because it is the first time anywhere that women have taken charge of the coffee supply chain to claim their right to equitable treatment within that chain. At least 10% of the value of every sale will be invested in women’s farming through our ‘sustainability’program. The program is a collaboration of global certification programmes; Fairtrade, RainForest Alliance, UTZ Certified, organic and carbon-neutral certified by the GoldStandardFoundation and our nursery program.
While these global certification programs have made some contribution to helping farmers get a fairer deal for their produce, they have done little to address the question of gender. Yet this is key, since so much farming is done by women and most receive only a fraction of the value of their crops.
Fairtrade International, for instance, has been operating for 27 years and has roots from here in Java. Yet among its 1.5 million certified farmer and worker members, it has just 25% women farmer and worker participation. At least it has data about gender – none of the other certification programs holds any specific information yet about how many participants or producers are women.
Fairtrade International’s estimate is that while women do over 80% of the coffee production, they earn 7% or less of the possible income their labour generates within the coffee supply chain. Please help us to change this for the good of people and the planet.photo credits: that wild road photography
Organization: Development Services Exchange
Country: Honiara, Solomon Islands
Solomon Islands is one of the Small Islands Development States in the Pacific region. In this photo, Rose Kulumani and Veronica Lafena are telling leaders who will attend the COP21 a simple message to consider. We women have the knowledge to grow healthy food for our husbands and children and we can teach the world how to do just that." In return for our teaching, we want leaders to teach us how to save the earth to bear healthy grounds to grow healthy food for all". Simple, we teach you how to live - You teach us how to survive Climate Change" (Neil.Nuia: DSEsolomonislands)
Country: Hawaii, USA
My name is Michelle Garcia. I am the owner and president of Pure&True, an organic skin company (http://www.pureandtrue.com/pages/live-true). Pure&True was founded on the principle that an inspirational and indulgent beauty experience - while caring for the health and beauty of the Earth and its people - is not only possible, but essential. Since its inception in 2007, we have off-set the carbon that we use in our business operations and in the shipping of our goods by purchasing re-forestation and sustainable energy credits. In doing so, we can proudly say that our business operations are carbon-neutral. We proudly support Women for Women International, The Nature Conservancy, and Carbon Fund. Together, we are working to help protect and preserve our environment, and improve the lives of women and families around the world. I am also one of the 350Hawaii leaders, one of the groups that helped with the successful Divestment of the University of Hawaii. Today, on Global Women's Climate Justice Day of Action, I am adopting 100 acres of the Amazon rainforest, which in addition to preserving the biodiversity of the region, will sequester 1,000 metric tonnes of carbon annually. I share a photograph of myself holding my two children. They are my message and my inspiration. I stand for them, for all the children, and for all of life.
Natalie Isaacs and Tara Hunt
Organization: 1 Million Women
Country: Sydney, Australia
We want climate action now! Each and every one of us can start in our own lives, and put pressure on governments to do the same.
Organization: Solar Sister
Country: Nigeria, Uganda and Tanzania
Solar Sister is working to bring the voices of women to the forefront of the energy sector as the world’s leading social enterprise in empowering African women with a clean energy driven economic opportunity. Women and girls must be a part of building a clean energy future for all because it is not only the right thing to do but the smart thing. If energy poverty was a person, chances are high that it would be the face of a woman working in a dark, smoky kitchen or a young girl who walks long distances to collect firewood. 70% of the 600 million people in Africa who lack access to electricity are women and girls living a life of darkness and danger. Solar Sister is solving this problem through integrating women as clean energy users, entrepreneurs, and leaders in the last mile distribution of solar and clean cooking products across sub-Saharan Africa. Indeed women are at the center of the solution. Their economic empowerment is key to eliminating energy poverty and addressing climate change. One lamp. One woman. One future at a time, Solar Sister is bringing light, hope and opportunity to thousands.
Organization: Tinker Tree Play Care
Country: NY, NY
My daycare group and I paintd a giant banner in our park. Our message is "Heal Pachamama Today!"
Organization: Sustainable Fairfax
Sustainable Fairfax recently launched a campaign called "Reduce By Two (Car Trips Per Week)". The goal of this campaign is to make car-free trips around our community easy and FUN. We convert mundane trips into social and active ones. We inspire walking, biking, taking public transportation, and car pooling. By reducing just two car trips a week collectively, we can make reduce a significant number of greenhouse gas emissions!
Country: Siliana, Tunisia
Global challenges like climate change requires global solidarity. By unifying our efforts, we can face these problems.
Organization: Pesticide Free Marin by 2016
Country: Marin County, USA
Pesticide Free Marin by 2016 is a citizen led initiative to save our watershed and public places from toxic chemical application. We saw enough evidence of carcinogenic risk on land and known hazards of these substances in drinking water supplies to initiate a citizen’s movement. Marin County has the environmental experience, economic base, and love of open space to ban chemical pesticides and guarantee our children healthy natural resources for their future. We are moving forward by educating our local community and working with schools. We request you sign our petition and hope you support us at the next Board of Supervisors meeting. Sustainable land management is grass roots work.
Organization: Awakening Wild
Country: Santa Cruz
The time for radical action is NOW! For all species alive today and for all those yet to be born - be bold, be courageous, be reverent, and be kind. It is time. “When we get out of the glass bottles of our ego, and when we escape like squirrels turning in the cages of our personality and get into the forests again, we shall shiver with cold and fright but things will happen to us so that we don't know ourselves. Cool, unlying life will rush in, and passion will make our bodies taut with power, we shall stamp our feet with new power and old things will fall down, we shall laugh, and institutions will curl up like burnt paper.” ― D.H. Lawrence
Organization: County Government of Homa Bay
Country: Seattle, USA
Julie and Robbie are Washingtonians who are seeing the impacts of climate change. They're traveling around Washington State meeting people who are creatively working to address climate change, and many of them are women. They know women can make a difference!
Country: Steamboat Springs, CO
Winter and ski season in 2013 alone provided nearly $18M in rent revenue to the Forest Service by the 22 ski areas operating on federal forest lands in Colorado. The US Forest Service is also central to our conservation efforts and helping combat the impacts of drought and floods in our state. Climate events, including regional drought, fires and floods in the Southwestern United States has limited our snowpack, affected our local economies, decreased tourism revenue and diminished our water supply. Healthy communities world wide need access to water and work. And here in Colorado, access to work and water is dependent on our snow fall. As a woman skier and former downhill ski racer, I fully support the new Sustainable Development Goal #13 ("Take urgent action to combat climate change and its impacts") and intend to present to Coloradan ski area leaders the energy and water savings measures to lessen the impacts of climate change on our precious peaks and mountains majesty. I am Pro Snow, Pro Climate Justice and Pro Colorado Ski Tourism.
Country: Damascus, Syria
For Me .. For other Generations … we ask for Gender Justice ... for climate Justice
Organization: WECAN MENA
Country: Khartoum, Sudan
Let's Fight for justice for the future our future, it's time to take an action; watching others destroying our mother nature without doing anything about it is the same as destroying it ourselves. we're capable of making a change towards a better tomorrow, it's our time.
let us stop talking about our huge problems concerned to environment in Egypt because it become to exhausted ,let's work with kids ,students and community leaders, they have great effect in social change and environment as a consequence ,if you believe in Art as a soft way to gain more people supporting our concern join us in our activity;draw ,dance,walk,represent a dram scene,plant,collect materials and join craft workshops,talk to others with your smile face and calm tempo
Gertrude Kabusimbi Kenyangi
Organization: Support for Women in Agriculture and Environment (SWAGEN)
Country: Kampala, Uganda
Climate Justice is a right, not a privilege. Stop waging war on the poor! We challenge world powers to demostrate their greatness by upholding this right, and apend their signature to the Legally Binding Climate Agreement in Paris come December 2015!
Organization: The Condor & The Eagle
Tzeporah Berman, former co-director of Greenpeace international's Global Climate and Energy Program says: “Their project (3 years in the making) is not just a film. It is connecting movements, supporting Indigenous Women leaders and building amazing strategic partnerships. I think it has tremendous International communications possibilities". 2015 Oscar Nominee Mark Ruffalo says: “I am very impressed with this inspiring Indigenous alliance initiative - bringing together Indigenous leaders from the North and from the South. The Condor And The Eagle is an an important Documentary Film in the making, witnessing how the Indigenous people are organizing their communities around Mother wisdom”: http://markruffalo.tumblr.com/post/110634522536/i-am-very-impressed-with-this-inspiring-indigenous?soc_src=mail&soc_trk=ma Besides producing a film, this project is above all a multi-faceted alliances initiative aiming to bring strong environmental leaders together, on the scale of the American continent. We have been organizing a youth organizations alliance (Houston / Ecuador – to alert public opinion on drilling in Yasuni ITT – the most bio diverse place in the world) a Tar Sands / Ecuador alliance (prevention of future extractions in light of Chevron's devastation) a Houston / Peru alliance (criminalization processes) helping facilitate the Indigenous Women's Treaty of the Americas to protect mother earth (which will be presented in Paris in December during the COP21) “The Condor & The Eagle“ weaves together the stories of four North American Indigenous individuals (three women and one man) who take a stand against corporate pollution (Alberta Tar Sands and KXL pipeline) organizing communities where they live. During the summer 2015, they have been traveling to South America's Amazon Rain Forest to create alliances with Indigenous women also impacted by extractive industries. Eventually they will all meet again in Paris next December during the last United Nations Conference on Climate Change. The finished product will explore the links between climate change and natural resource extraction in the Americas (Boreal Forest & Amazon), land abuse and renewed ways to build alliances between Indigenous women. Most of the people we work with will be featured in the Tribunal of the Rights of Nature in Paris - our work aims to support internationally the Rights of Nature & Climate movements - through the Indigenous Women's point of view.
Country: berlin, Germany
We who are mother should leave a clean world for our children and generation to come.I am involved with young peple doing presentations and discussions. My next presentation will be at the international film festival of Tamilnadu, India on the 21st of october 2015 to an elite audience of film personalities and journalists. It will be followed with some women´s clubs in India. In November when I return I will do a presentation for a young group of political group leaders at the Red Town hall in Berlin.The pics are too big to be loaded here
Climate change is one of the most important global environmental problems. Nuclear contamination as result of the accidents, of spills at the storages of the spent fuel, as well as uranium extraction – is the same. The both are manmade and affect the Earth, endangering life itself.
Nuclear industry does not know yet how to clean up all its spills and the consequences of radioactive accidents, Chernobyl, Fukushima, Kombinat Mayak… But at the same time it tries to expand its business, building a new NPPs worldwide, using the old ideas and experimental technologies. They tell us that the increase in the water content of tritium and radiocarbon in the atmosphere, it is quite common, and background cesium and strontium - the result of nuclear tests, which must be just accepted as is. They convince us that nukes do not affect the climate and a new NPPs are safe and effective. But it is not true.
Nuclear industry does not like telling true at all – we know that because of Chernobyl and Fukushima. Nuclear industry does not like to obey the law, considering itself exceptional, like in the times of the Cold War, and sometimes they persecute those who disagree.
We see it in Belarus – mass violations of the national and international legislation, construction started without project documentation and even license, the arrests and expelling of activists, and contempt of decisions of the Meetings of the Parties of Aarhus and Espoo UNECE conventions regarding Belarus Nuclear Power Plant construction. We see the Belarus government continuing NPP construction with European partner’s help, who turn a blind eye to all of these violations. We see that Rosatom feels quite good in the USA, buying uranium mines, extracting uranium, polluting the beautiful lands, and selling American NPPs the fuel. This deadly business must be stopped.http://www.theecologist.org/Interviews/2488867/belarus_fighting_nuclear_power_in_the_shadow_of_chernobyl.html
GLORIA O. ADEBIYI
Organization: Sanctus Initiative for Human Development and Values Sustainability (SIHDEVAS)
Country: WARRI, NIGERIA.
I have successfully mobilized both members and non-members of my organization for endorsement. We have put necessary machinery in place for a rally. In view of the security challenges in my country,Matches and Rallies are not carried out at random.Therefore,i had to officially apply to the State Commissioner of Police via the Area Commander South- South Command, delta-state,Nigeria. We are awaiting approval.The event will take place on the 29th of September 2015. An opportunity that will be used to Sensitize and Enlighten Community locals,Market Women,Youths and other Stakeholders on the devastating effects of Climate Change on their lives and endeavours for existentialism.The main purpose of which is to arrest and capture interest for this Subject which further Actions will be geared and directed towards the various State Governments in my Country for commitments towards achieving effective Climate Justice. Before now, i have earlier Advocated the message of Gender Equality to the Traditional Ruler in my Local Government Area.The third Action after the rally will be "One Day Climate Justice Talk" at each Local Government Council of the States of the Federation.
Organization: Beauty-Waps and KamerPad
Country: Paris, France
Olivia Mvondo Boum is from the NGO KamerPad FAM, which offers reusable sanitary pads to schoolgirls in Cameroon and Marie Aichagui is from Beauty-waps. which offers reusable sanitary pads to an Occidental target market. We have decided to start a North-South cooperation. Beauty-waps sponsors a Girls' Education program. Our main motivations in reusable sanitary pads is the huge environmental benefit (a 98% waste reduction compared to using disposable pads). http://www.kmerpad.blogspot.com/
Laurie Dameron doing her "What Can I Do?" Spaceship Earth presentation in Red Lodge Montana! Note the traveling reusable cup #BPWCOTraveMug (Business and Professional Women) #ClimateWomenSpeak
Global Greengrants Fund
Organization: Global Greengrants Fund
Country: Boulder CO USA
Throughout the world, women are the primary natural resource managers and are dependent on forests, land, and water for their livelihoods and well-being. They are thereby disproportionately impacted by the consequences of climate change. At the same time, they are also leading innovative projects and finding effective ways to address the most pressing climate challenges they face on a daily basis. Global Greengrants wants to increase support for local women and their climate initiatives and we demand just and effective climate solutions.
Country: New York City, USA
Marie Rose SSHAKALILI
Organization: Actions des Femmes Solidaires pour les Droits et le Développement
Country: Bukavu, Democratic Republic of Congo
Woman is simultaneously actor and victim of climate change, therefore it is entitled to climate justice. take account of women in defining policies against climate change is of paramount interest because the woman could contribute by producing a lot of carbon in the agro pastoral sylvo- aproach. this aproach is suitable for agriculture in Africa; in an urban environment; also for the fight against poverty caused by the climate change it is imperious to set up a political "For each parcel, a fruit tree."
Together we will defeat our common enemy that is climate changehttp://wecaninternational.org/form_documents/8/lafemmeetlechangementclimatiquequelleperspective1.docx
Country: San Francisco, Cal
Governor Jerry Brown,Building a new city that is 100% solar takes some luck.
The terrible fires that have destroyed many towns in Lake County, offer California a great opportunity to rebuild each town using solar & geo-thermal.
By building one home in each city with 100+ solar panels we could create a model solar home, that other would then copy. The magic number seems to be 100 solar panels. When you build a new home with 100 solar panels, the home become an independent energy producer, capable of generating 4X more energy than it needs. Electric car batteries store enough energy to power a house for 3 nights. So if the solar home has an e-car or battery, it has storage. Several cities in Lake County come to mind; Cobb Mountain, Harbin Hot Springs and Middletown, all of whom were destroyed by the fires of September 2015. Probably the most famous place in Lake County is Harbin. Sometimes a great crisis creates a great opportunity. There are no longer even trees, so we can position the homes perfectly to catch the maximum sun without having to worry about trees.
Enough sunlight hits most cities in California to power every building, every machine, every vehicle with solar energy. It would be hard to rebuild San Francisco as a 100% solar powered city, unless it was totally destroyed by an earthquake. However we now have several towns in Lake County that were totally destroyed. Using State, Federal and Insurance money we now have the opportunity to rebuild many towns as 100% solar. This would create jobs that cannot be off-shored. This would give homeowners a great source of income to help pay the mortgage. The average solar home in Europe, with 100 panels, earns $2,000. / month.Forty percent of the energy used in the US is consumed by buildings. By making all buildings solar, we eliminate the energy lost on the grid supplying buildings from remote power plants. If we rebuild these towns, using geo-thermal energy for heat and solar for electricity, we can eliminate the need for coal, propane, gas, oil and nuclear energy for these towns. Think of all the money we can save not having to repair all the old, brittle gas pipelines, if we have all homes using geo-thermal and solar. Think of all the pollution we can prevent. While people are off in Paris talking about building a solar future, we in California can be actually building a real 100% solar future.
Building 100 panel solar homes would allow us to shut down Diablo Canyon, replace Big Oil and allow us to ban fracking. This would give more political power to solar homeowners to become the power generation for many cities. This would give us a model for how to build solar homes when fire takes out a home in other cities.Paula Kangas, 415-368-8581 718 Broderick st., SF, CA 94117 email@example.com Youtube: paul8kangas Solar 100 percent.blogspot
Preserving Mother Earth and Amazonian Forests means preserving Indigenous Knowledge
Shawi People is located in San Martin, northeastern of Peru. Shawi villages are very affected by poverty and intrusive migrants who destroy their habitats and invade their territories to extend mono-plantations. Most of the clans and families live in remote areas and occupy territories that government still does not recognize properly. Families walk eight hours then transporting by boat to approach to main cities. Distance makes so hard to obtain resources from national or local government. There are actually 14 Shawi villages in San Martin with 2,500 population approximately.
Shawi People are in complete disadvantage respect to other Peruvian people. Indigenous villages lack basic services like health, education and drinking water. Government do not develope appropriate infrastructure and does persist permanent conditions of poverty without any accessibility to real developing and growing dignity and be proud of their precious identity. Indigenous children around the country are deprived to obtain any chance to learn properly and if they do, children receive substandard education and drop out school before having completed education.
We stand up for them and created a Cross-Cultural Bilingual Program where children, boys and girls have the same chance to attend primary school and being included with social justice and equity. CROSS-CULTURAL EDUCATION means keep alive Indigenous Knowledge that teach the fine balance existing between human beings and nature, to honor sacredness and considering that all being are just one and that all together provide a healthy and balanced Planet. It is time to join us and see directly the power of kindness and compassion, and considering we have rights to live with Dignity and Equity.
From the Mall in Washington DC on September 24, 2015, together with families from all of the US, we came together for climate justice and to honor the Pope and his message: "To protect our common home" and "to hear both the cry of the Earth and the cry of the poor"...We also welcomed his message to the US Congress: "I call for courageous efforts to avert environmental effects of human activity.."
Country: Portland, OR
World Pulse has been gearing up for the climate justice day of action on September 29! Our women-led community of global change makers is mobilizing around issues of climate change and adding our voices to this urgent worldwide conversation. We are rallying signatures for the Women's Climate Declaration. We are also crowdsourcing firsthand accounts from all over the world that illustrate why women are key to climate solutions. The journals—from Singapore to the Democratic Republic of Congo—document the important roles women hold as environmental stewards and voices for climate justice. Visit our website to read the stories and testimonies as they come in. https://www.worldpulse.com/en/get-involved/take-action/37718 You can see from the photo our staff is getting in on the action too! We are proud to participate in the groundswell of voices around the world demanding action. We are using this opportunity to discuss what we can do as individuals and as an organization to leave a positive impact on the planet.
Alliance for Jobs & Clean Energy & Cool Moms
Country: Seattle, USA
Here in Washington State, we’re seeing impacts of global warming—from a declining shellfish industry to fiercer and more frequent wildfires and drought in Eastern Washington. We need to account for the price of carbon pollution and speed-up the transition from fossil fuels to an economy built on clean, efficient and locally-produced energy. The Alliance for Jobs and Clean Energy and CoolMom are calling for immediate action to reduce global warming pollution, strengthen our economy and make sure all families have a better future. We can do it!
Country: Boone, United States
The climate women statement that resonates with me is a quote from Vandana Shiva where she says, "We will continue to create the other world that we are sowing-- seed by seed, inch-by-inch of soil, person by person, community by community-- until all of this planet is embraced in one circle of a resurgent life and resurgent love. We will not give up."
Organization: Movement Rights
Country: San Francisco, USA
In this photo we stand on the prairie of North Dakota, a land with enough wind to power 1/3 of the US energy needs. Yet today it is a fracking wasteland. We stand on yet another unreported fracking spill that has ruined the land and seeped toxic chemicals into the soil and water. We are surrounded by fracking wells and gas flares in every direction for hundreds of miles, despite the destructiveness of this extreme energy production method. We must do better. It is time to stop treating nature as property to be destroyed for profit. Rights of Nature is an emerging earth jurisprudence that recognizes the rights of ecosystems to exist, flourish and regenerate their vital natural cycles. It is time for Earth Rights now.
Organization: 350nyc, pcmnyc, Feminist Press Amer. Bk Award Author, etc...
Country: Brooklyn New York
I edit http://www.Eco-Poetry.org including top authors of the world; and work with 350nyc since 2011 and pcmnyc since 2013. I've been an eco-feminist since the 70's when my American Book Award Winning international compendium: WOMEN ON WAR; INTERNATIONAL VOICES... was first published by Touchstone/ Simon & Schuster, 1988, and then reprinted by The Feminist Press, 2003 and is in print for over 25 years including women of the world, e.g. Petra Kelly founder of the Green Party, many leading Native Amer. Authors, Linda Hogan Winona LaDuke, etc, Vandana Shiva, Arunudati Roy, many African American activists, etc. and MidEast poet-leaders of free speech, etc. more names than I can mention here, including Emma Goldman, Dorothy Day, Ch’iu Chin, Christa Wolf, Gwendolyn Brooks, Jane Cortez, Helen Caldicott, Vandana Shiva, Maria Rosa Hensen (on "comfort women" of sexual slavery), Chailang Palacios (of The Pacific Island. re nuclear bomb testing tragedy), Eliz Nunez of the Caribbean Islands’ tragedy of colonialism), sheema Kalbasi of Iran, Women in Black of Isreal and Yugoslavia, Isabel Allende of Chile/Venezuela, Nadine Gordimer of South Africa, so many women of the world, Jane Addams, Toni Morrison, several women Nobel Laureates, etc. I've given thousands of talks and readings around the world from this multicultural book and my World Peace Award winning book ON PREJUDICE; A GLOBAL PERSPECTIVE (Anchor/Doubleday, 1993) and I work now in Climate Justice most of all. A documentary of my life AUTHOR and ACTIVIST; The Daniela Gioseffi Story is basically a film to inspire climate justice activism, and is now previewing and premiering in 2016 and can be used as a fundraising tool. http://www.AuthorandActivist.com I'd like to be USEFUL to WeCan, because I deeply believe that we can be powerful in saving life from climate catastrophe in harnessing the compassionate, nurturing power of women worldwide.
The Democracy Center
Country: Cochabamba, Bolivia
Climate Change is About...Much More than Climate Change. Climate justice and patriarchy are inextricably intertwined. Our capitalist development model devalues and abuses women just as it does the Earth and its resources. And the consequence of this system, climate change, impacts more on women, and can affect them in different ways depending on their class, ethnicity and sexuality. As well as calling for climate justice on the international stage, resisting the drivers of climate change on the ground, and dealing with climate impacts that they didn’t cause, women are building alternatives. We want to share one example from Bolivia, the women-led community María Auxiliadora, where collective living helps women to deal with violence in their lives as well as climate change impacts. Learn more about the community here: http://www.democracyctr.org/climateresilientwomen/ One lesson from María Auxiliadora is the need to make sure women’s capacity for developing solutions and their socially assigned role of caretakers does not increase their already unequal burden. Along with challenging the system that caused climate change, we need to redefine how men and women relate to one another. http://democracyctr.org/
The Green Divas
Organization: The Green Divas Radio Show / GDGD Radio Network
Country: NY/Chicago/LA, US
Green Divas (and Green Dudes) around the globe are uniting and using their individual strengths to create the change necessary to shift the impact humans are having on climate and the planet in general. We hear stories of resilience, innovation and solutions every day. That is what keeps us going, and that women are at the center of so much of the global consciousness awakening is not a surprise. Women are rocking this shift, and continue to be inspired and encouraged by the many amazing green divas we get to meet and highlight through our work, which is all about amplifying the good green news. Our plea to the governments of the world is this, PLEASE start thinking long-term sustainability of the human race rather than short-term profit. WECAN ~ We definitely can. xoxox Green Divas Megan McWilliams & Lynn Hasselberger
Mary Robinson Foundation - Climate Justice
Women’s voices must be heard and their priorities supported as part of climate justice. The Mary Robinson Foundation - Climate Justice is working hard to ensure that climate action respects and protects human rights, that climate policies are gender responsive and that women are included in decision making on climate change. In addition to the adoption of the Sustainable Development Goals, we need a robust and ambitious climate agreement in Paris 2015 which includes gender equality and human rights. To find out more about our work on gender equality and climate justice visit www.mrfcj.org .
Cecile Guidote Alvarez
Organization: Earthsavers UNESCO DREAM Center
Country: Manila, Philippines
Dear Friends and Allies of WE CAN: Yes, we in the Earthsavers are with you. We can’t be physically with you in America but in the Philippines we have created and now airing on nationwide broadcast and webcast (www.DZRH.com). It can be accessed on your equivalent time zone--- (11: am in the East Coast, 8:30am in the West Coast and 5:30pm in Paris) a special soap opera drama serial in our language “Pananagutan sa Kapaligiran” (Our Responsibility to Mother Earth). It centers on a broadcast journalist committed to campaign for CLEAN AIR and focus on the impact of pollution, health and climate change catastrophes that cause destruction, death and disabilities. Her reportage includes interviews with people engaged in the coalition for Clean Air in the Philippines composed of civil society sectors in liaison with Climate Change Commissioner Heherson T. Alvarez and Environmental Secretary Ramon Paje. Her threat to life for being committed to expose corruption in measuring emissions and popularizing scientific data for collective action gets intertwined with the incorruptible dedicated policeman and a victim of typhoon “Haiyan” that migrated to Manila and works as a taxi driver. We shall read the WE CAN Declaration on our Radyo Balintataw-DZRH program. We have tied up Clean Up the World action with the Interfaith Regional Dialogues held in different parts of the country. There is a pressure now for transparency to finalize submission of Intended Nationally Determined Contributions (INDCs), and the Earthsavers satellite Centers in Luzon, Visayas and Mindanao are ready to pursue action linked to the Global Catholic Movement geared to collect a million signatures for purposes of urging the fulfillment of a Global Deal in the COP21 in Paris. Onward to victory, it is heroic to save our ailing Mother Earth by confronting climate change. Together, around the world, WE CAN prevail to promote a culture of sustainable development and Climate Justice to overcome poverty and generate peace. CECILIA GUIDOTE-ALVAREZ Director, Earthsavers UNESCO DREAM Center/ UNESCO Artist for Peace President, Philippine Center of the International Theatre Institute
Organization: THE GREEN EYE blog
Country: ATHENS, GREECE
As a greek environmental journalist, I invite all women to join the Global Women's Climate Justice Day of Action on Sept. 29th. For years I'm writing articles about environment, GMOs, health and organics. All together we have to find solutions and keep informing people about the CLIMATE CHANGE. Just unite your voices with all who calling for ACTIONS on climate change from world governments on the road to COP21 climate negotiations and focus to create a brighter green future for Earth. All creatures have to be protected and species not to become extinct on our planet! Together we can! From Athens, Greece with love & hope! Electra Koutouki https://about.me/elektra_koutouki
Organization: 52 Islands
Country: San Francisco, USA
I stand with island communities who face severe impacts from climate change. Together we are rising to meet the tides. We are preparing for the impacts of climate change, by emphasizing community-level action and strengthening resiliency and climate mobility.
Organization: Global youth leadership and girl-child foundation
Country: Ibadan Nigeria
Country: Freetown, Sierra Leone
I call on World leaders to do all they can to reduce or stop the impacts of climate change. In Sierra Leone, thousands of women; pregnant women, suckling mothers and under fives have been displaced due to flooding that became widespread this rainy season. Why should the innocents suffer this much for the actions of industrialized nations? Women should be at the centre of climate change discuss because they suffer the most from the effects of climatic changes. Much is not being done by locals to face climate change. I urge the global leaders to consider the women of Sierra Leone in mapping out strategies on climate change. I implore the government and NGOs in Sierra Leone to embark on education and sensitization of locals. Women should be encouraged to take centre-stage in the climate change and global warming campaign.
Nobel Women's Initiative
Country: Ottawa, Canada
Nobel Peace Laureate Jody Williams – along with a delegation of Nobel Women’s Initiative staff and international activists - walked in solidarity with the hundreds of thousands of concerned citizens who gathered in New York City on September 22, 2014. We joined thousands of women as part of the Women for Climate Justice coalition to remind international leaders and decision makers that women are often at the frontlines of climate change and any attempts to address climate change must recognize women as a fundamental part of the climate solution. As we approach December's UN climate negotiations in Paris, we are inspired to continue joining women activists around the world to bring women's voices to the forefront of climate change conversations!
Organization: Shirkat Gah – Women’s Resource Centre
Shirkat Gah-Women’s Resource center is a National Ngo working in Pakistan since 1975 to strengthens women as rights-holders building women’s capacity to fully exercise rights, make informed choices and be included in decision-making processes to redefine the existing parameters of society. Shirkat Gah since 2011 has done three researches in different ecological zones of Pakistan ( Riverine, Mountain, Coastal) to assess the impacts of climate change. These three researches have provided ample evidence on climate change and what is needed regarding capacity building, policy and at research level, for community and women in particular.
As compared to men, women in rural communities are more close to nature and play vital role in managing natural resources. With changing climate, women are vulnerable to climate change increasing their workload and hardships. Women also exhibit their limited adaptive capacities due to prevailing social inequality and gender discrimination in the society e,g with reference to property rights, access to information, employment and resources. The extent of impact of climate change is directly correlated to the socio-economic status of the population especially of women within. Learn more at: http://shirkatgah.org/sg-publications-2/
Women’s Earth & Climate Action Network
Country: Mandan, Hidatsa, Arikara Territory, USA
The Women’s Earth & Climate Action Network calls for immediate action to keep fossil fuels in the ground from the Arctic to the Amazon. We must keep 80% of remaining fossil fuels in the Earth where they belong, and work to achieve 100% renewable energy by 2050.
As part of the Global Women’s Climate Justice Day of Action, a WECAN delegation traveled to North Dakota to attend the Stop Extreme Energy Summit and meet with allies on Mandan, Hidatsa, Arikara land in the middle of the Bakken shale formation. On-the-ground in Williston, Epping, and on the Forth Berthold Reservation, the delegation bore witness and began strategizing with Indigenous allies fighting to stop the rampant fracking that is brutalizing the people and Earth here. In particular, the WECAN team worked to document the stories of Mandan, Hidatsa, Arikara Indigenous women, who, in addition to facing the threats of industry traffic, cultural degradation, racism, radioactive waste, and severe water, air, and soil pollution - also face acute dangers including rape, murder, and sexual trafficking as a direct result of the expansion of the fracking industry in the area and the growing number of man camps. We cannot express enough gratitude to Kandi Mossett of the Indigenous Environmental Network for her outstanding leadership in this fight and for guiding the WECAN delegation through this intensely heartbreaking experience. We must honor and amplify the story of what is happening in Kandi’s community in order to stop these harms, and also remember that we are all connected. What happens in North Dakota does not stay there – this is everyone’s fight.
Country: MADURAI, INDIA
CLIMATE JUSTICE IS ALSO GENDER JUSTICE
TAMIL MONI THANUMALAI
Country: MADURAI, INDIA
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Organization: Greens / EFA in the EU
Paris is a key moment for climate justice! Climate change is a global injustice facing present and future generations, and one of the greatest human rights challenges of our time. In the last 6 years, 2% of the world population has been displaced by climate-related disasters alone. By 2050, 200 million people are expected to be displaced by climate change. Climate change is not gender-neutral. Women are disproportionally and more severely affected by climate change. Today women make up 20 of the 26 million estimated refugees displaced by climate change. Women, thus comprise 80% of the world’s climate refugees. Yet less than 1% of climate funding is allocated specifically towards the need of women in the most affected countries. Empower women and we can change the world! The balance between adaptation and mitigation is unjust – those who need the most, get the least. Climate funding is big business and the most affected – and the most vulnerable – are not part of the deal. ￼The Greens push for a fair transition where no one is left behind, with opportunities for all!
Organization: 1 Million Women
Country: Sydney, Australia
The truth is, there can be no climate justice without gender justice. Please join with me in taking this important message to the world.
Organization: 1 Million Women
Country: Sydney, Australia
I am calling for system change, not climate change!
Organization: 1 Million Women
Country: Sydney, Australia
Climate justice now! because soon it will be too late. I'm calling on the women of the world to stand together, and safeguard our future.
Country: Las Vegas USA
For too long, corporate power has poisoned and desecrated Mother Earth, her children and her ecosystems. It is time to stop creating a global 'gas-chamber' slowly killing off species and the environment. As a mother, grandmother and free woman, I say IT'S TIME TO STOP THIS GLOBAL GENOCIDE. We can all change our habits, live more simply and create a different life-style once we turn away of capitalism's philosophy of consumerism and the need for 'more'. The most important power in the world is LOVE. We can create a new story for the whole world and women are the ones to do it. Women's Wisdom is on the rise. We need our patriarchal culture to give over it's power--without the foundation of feminine consciousness, we will continue to create DEATH.
Organization: Energy Chair, Toiyabe Chapter of the Sierra Club
Country: LAS VEGAS
1. Get solar panes on the roof of your home and business. 2. Dig into your savings accounts and find the mutual funds and investments in coal, gas, and oil. Sell them. Do this now. The divestment movement is strangling the fossil fuel industry. Reinvest in solar panels on your roof. Or reinvest in socially-responsible investments. Ask your investment manager to help you.
Lilian Liberg and Marie-Louise Nordeman
The problems we have today with climate is mostly a result of decisions taken by men. To find new ways to a sustainable future women is needed to be listened to and be a part of the team that create the sustainable future. Because you cant solve the problems of today with the solutions of yesterday.
Organization: Franciscan Action Network
Country: Washington, DC
Yesterday, in Washington, DC, people of faith began a 10-day water only fast as part of #FastForTheClimate in hopes of bringing attention to the need for action to combat the current climate crisis.
Ilunga Mayele Myriam
I had a WECAN training in 2014 since then i am engaged in the forest conservation and protection.In paternship with WECAN our organization explain the declaration to pygmies of Mwenga and the latter happen to sign it.Further tree planting is organized by Neema (coordinator of Safeco) at Itombwe Forest.We believe that through of efforts in coming days women will be able to feed their children giving safe food that do not comprise fertilers.At the top human beings will breath fresh and safe air.If we take care of mother earth she will also take care of us. Let save our world,it will be wonderfull without high temperature.
Organization: SAFECO: WECAN-Congo
Country: Itombwe, DRC
As communities or organizations living or working in a developing country like D R Congo, the following two things are where we must begin to change the direction that things are going:
1. We must inform and educate about climate change. Everyone living in the remote forested areas, or the areas that used to be forested but are now called the high plains, recognizes how the weather has changed, but they are not aware that what we are experiencing is a global issue, nor that Congo, having the second largest rainforest in the world (and how we as citizens and stewards of this rainforest) can have the second largest impact. When they learn of such things they are profoundly shocked to think that how they use the forest impacts the whole world. The fact that our organization, SAFECO, is WECAN-Congo, working these things in partnership with WECAN International, is astounding to them and causes a revolutionary change in their thinking; especially the thinking of women who are the ones that are daily harvesting wood for cooking, heat, and light. Understanding the facts about climate change and the important role Congolese women can play in reversing the damage done, having them individually add their signatures to the WECAN International Declaration, causes them to be open to alternative methods of dealing with their daily needs for cooking, heat, and light, which otherwise would be impossible to affect.
2. The second thing we can do is to create a Tree Planting Movement that becomes Tree Planting Movements in every locale throughout Congo. We have started in the territory of the Province where we live in Eastern Congo – Mwenga Territory. With the support and participation of the Territory Administrator, WECAN-Congo launched the Official Re-Forestation of the Itombwe Sector of Mwenga Territory, which used to be all forest, but is now also home to a vast and growing savannah.
Deborah Two Trees Birthing
Organization: Earthtribe.com; TreeSisters.org
Country: Wimberley, TX, USA
Standing up for WECAN in Wimberley, TX, the site of an unprecedented flood, Memorial Day weekend 2015, As a member of the Earthtribe, a Tree Sister, and an elder of the Earth, I take action to live a ministry of the Earth each and every day. FB Community Pages: https://www.facebook.com/GIVETREESAVOICE and https://www.facebook.com/TwoTreesSpeaking
Country: San Francisco, CA, USA
My natural being is the being of Earth, of Nature. She makes possible all life. Her well-being, as my own and all others, I hold in my hands. I pledge --in all my pursuits-- to live in that devotion, giving voice to her needs.
Today, Nature is treated as property under current law and has no standing in court. An essential step to achieve Rights of Nature is to introduce a system of jurisprudence that gives natural communities standing in the court of law. We are collecting signatures to ask the UN, heads of States and world leaders to adopt the Universal Declaration of Rights of Mother Earth and to include Rights of Nature in the legals systems of all Nations. We will participate at the COP21, delivering 1 million signatures for the acceptance of Rights of Nature. Your participation counts. Be the voice for Mother Earth Say yes to Rights of Nature Please sign our petition at: http://petition.rightsofmotherearth.com Thank you. doris
Organization: Earth Law Center
Country: Redwood City, CA USA
Climate change starkly illustrates our continuing violation of the rights of nature. Disappearing waterways and species similarly show that we must fundamentally change course. Earth Law Center urges you to take action to recognize in law the inherent rights of nature to exist, thrive and evolve.
Gloria Hilda Ushigua Santi
Organization: Association of Sapara Women
Country: Llanchama Cocha, Ecuador
I am a Sapara woman from Ecuador, I live my life in different way, with healthy, uncontaminated food in the Sapara territory. We do not accept the expoltation of Block 74, within this block is my community of Llanchama Cocha. We ask for our right to our territory, and respect for human rights without descrimination. Soy mujer Sapara del Ecuador, vivo a mi forma de vida diferente ,con comida sano, no contaminado en territorio Sapara y no aceptaremos que exploten el Bloque 74 en este bloque es mi comunidad Llanchama Cocha y pido mi derecho a mi territorio respeto a la vida humana y sin descriminacion.
Organization: Great Old Broads for Wilderness
Great Old Broads for Wilderness staff stand proudly outside of the national HQ in Durango, CO in WILD support of the protection and preservation of our public wild lands and wilderness. What does Climate Change have to do with public lands? Everything! Climate change affects all life on Earth. Much of Broads’ work is related to reducing or eliminating activities on public lands that contribute to global warming (and exacerbate the effects of our changing climate); as well as keeping lands and waters intact that sequester carbon and help species adapt to changing conditions. We are WILD, Women in Loving Defense, for climate action and public lands advocacy. Broads support local and national efforts to thwart mining, drilling, or transport of fossil fuels through wild lands and local communities. We believe public lands can be the solution to climate disruption.
Leidy Jhoanna Cifuentes Gómez
Organization: Red Nacional de Jóvenes de Ambiente
Country: Bogotá, Colombia
The Women's Meeting for Climate Justice in Bogotá was an initiative from District Women's Secretary and District Environmental Secretary. This event was a space for socialization, discussion and reflection about the vulnerabilities of women from the phenomena associated with climate change, and in turn a space to analyze and promote the contributions to mitigation and climate adaptation made by women. The meeting began with a ritual to water by Muisca community and "Canto al Agua", continued with a panel discussion which involved academic and about 300 environmental women leaders from the 20 localities of the Capital and a sample of experiences and good environmental practices of women; finally a discussion by thematic desks like Food sovereignty, Sustainable consumption and Territory. This event is part of the programs that are conducted as a prelude of the "The Americas' Meeting against Climate Change" organized by the Mayor of Bogotá from 20 to 23 September, which in turn is a prelude to the United Nations Climate Change Conference, known as COP21 to be held in Paris. The National Youth Environment Network (Red Nacional de Jóvenes de Ambiente) developed a workshop called "My body, my environmental territory" with girls and women.
Bintou Mère Theresa Datt
I have tears in my eyes as I think about the living conditions in our village. My village has no potable water and rivers are dry in other villages because of the climate change. In this picture women in my village speak about the role of a safe environment for having safe water.
Country: Portland, OR, USA
Country: United States
Detengan la violencia encontrar de las Mujeres Durante marchas pacíficas Stop violence to women while they are protesting We want to keep the oil in the ground and to be able to have the free right to express and associate
Organization: Hindu leader
Let us not forget the impact of climate change on our animals.
Organization: Gender and Water Alliance, GWA
Organization: Joyful Earth Sisters United in Soul
Country: Coffs Harbour, Australia
Joyful Earth Sisters United in Soul is my deeply journeyed answer to the troubled nature of human existence now. Love is the only thing we are left with after all, and i wish for all philosophies, religions, organizations and individuals to make LOVE the deepest and most important consideration. Guiding principles that we all decide upon; values, concepts and cultural habits co-create every day, every thought, every action, and affect us all eventually in ever widening increments. Our relationship WITH the Earth and with Life cannot be something we put aside. it ought to be right out there as the very FIRST consideration in EVERY instance. Education for example, shouldn't put this biggest reality away to teach letters and numbers in a clinical detached way. It's basic structure needs to address and embrace the participating human beings with their precious Life. It ought to be a creative adaptive, and exciting continuation of who and what we consider our identity and purpose, or at least open up the question. Depression and mental health issues, many related illnesses are what we reap as a result of ignoring this basic sanity. Please my family; let us incorporate LOVING sanity into our wholeness as individuals and groups and countries and a globe. Let us be honest and accept responsibility for the affect of each decision and law made. let us RE-CREATE HUMANITY with LOVE sincerely Joyful Anne
Sophie Jane Mortimer
Country: Sheffield, UK
The TreeSisters Team stand with Wecan for this powerful Day of Action! TreeSisters is an audacious experiment fuelled by the love and creativity of every-day women. We want to know what becomes possible when millions of women decide to offer their care, creativity and generosity towards the swift reforestation of our world. Our work is two fold, supporting both women and trees: 1. We craft and offer unique resources and courses that bring women together to nourish the roots of nature based feminine leadership and action 2. We are developing a crowdfunding campaign that aims to make it normal for all of us to give back to Earth every month by gifting money for trees, and channelling that to existing reforestation initiatives in the tropics If this speaks to you, then we warmly invite you to join the movement and become a treesister today: www.treesisters.org/join-in
Country: San Mateo
I'm an artist and just finished an art project for a exhibition in California. I did fifty, 6"x6" paintings using the theme "50 Ways to Tame Our Wicked Climate Crisis." The piece is on display at The Sanchez Art Center in Pacifica, CA until September 20th. I did a lot of research for the project and the process made me much more hopeful as there are so many people working to transition into a more sustainable culture.
Country: United States of America
The California Central Valley, a productive agricultural region, traditionally provided a majority of annual crops such as lettuce, tomatoes, and other vegetables to the United States. Over the past two decades farmers in the area transitioned land away from annual crops to more economically lucrative nut trees. The decision came with a harsh ecological expense. Almond fields require large amounts of water to establish. Unfortunately, the California Central Valley orchards have suffered a four-year drought and subsequent water restrictions. The Central Valley was always an arid area prone to heat and drought and the non-native almond tree requires additional water shipped through a series of canals to the Central Valley to produce fruit. Many water intensive farms proved unsustainable and orchards became dust fields. Farmers demanded politicians do something as their investments and livelihood dried up. Urban water consumers demanded farmers become more responsible with water usage. Desperate farmers, ranchers, and townspeople dug deeper wells draining common use aquifers. The region continues to suffer drought and vast areas of land are now sinking due to groundwater depletion. We must learn to produce agriculture within natural ecosystem boundaries. Complex subsidized food systems benefit large corporations and do not provide stable food security for the world. I am working within my local community and on a state level to educate communities on the value of small local owned farms and permaculture systems. #WECAN make a difference and assist solutions.
Country: United Kingdom
From cleansing our minds, to cleansing our environment. Let us raise our spiritual awareness to be in harmony with our environment.
Sister Rosemarie Stevens
Country: Bikini Atoll, Marshall Islands
Now facing the challenges of global warming with King Tides threatening to wash us off the tiny island we were placed on 67 years ago by the United States Government, the people of Bikini Atoll are asking the United States Government to please help. When we were taken off Bikini Atoll 69 years ago and placed on Rongerik, for 2 years we starved. In fact, an elderly woman died from starvation and malnutrition. So the U.S. Government took us to Kwajalein Atoll where they set us up in tents right alongside the airport runway where planes were landing and taking off. For six months we slept there until we were placed on Kili Island. A jungle of an island, only a mile long and a mile and a half wide, with no lagoon. The U.S. Government forced us to clear the land and thus, we started our new life on this tiny island. Unlike the beautiful Bikini Atoll which is made up of 26 islands with a massive lagoon, oops, not 26, sorry, I meant to say 23. The U.S. Government vaporized 3 of our islands during the atomic testings on Bikini Atoll. For 67 years, the people of Bikini have been living on this small island, sometimes starving, as the plane can not land on the gravel runway if it's muddy and the ships can not deliver food if the ocean is too rough. Just last month, the island experienced high tides that filled people's homes to waist level. The local airline was unable to land for several weeks. The ocean water has damaged the crops on Kili, foods that are necessary to supplement our diet. Over the decades, we have become dependent on canned, processed food which has caused a high number of diabetes, hypertension, cancer, and death. We were legendary throughout the Marshall Islands as navigators, canoe builders, and fishermen. Now, being on an island with no lagoon, we have lost our traditional skills. The United States promised us they would take care of us and eventually we would be allowed to return home. The original people that left Bikini are dying off and have realized they will never return home. We are the victims. We are the survivors. We are the forgotten people.
At ClimateMama, we use every opportunity we can to talk to our neighbors, companies, schools, local, state, national and international representatives to remind them we each have a responsibility and a role on the road of climate justice and action. These are photo of our Executive Director in Union Square and at Chelsea Piers in New York City, talking climate change actions, responsibility and moral courage. Our message to World Leaders is simple: "Tell the truth, actions speak louder than worlds and don't be afraid." We must start from the simple truth that climate change is real, here, happening now, and in large part cause by us. It's impacts are being felt hardest by those least responsible for causing it; but no on is immune. This Global Women's Day of Climate Action serves as a reminder for our world leaders, and elected leaders at all levels of government; we women are watching, we are organizing and we are strong. Real, concrete and serious actions must be put in place now to address climate change. We have heard too much talk, we are demanding actions now. There is NO time to waste.
Organization: Action for Environmental Education, Gender & Sustainability Development in Kivu/Eastern DRC (AEGSDK)
Country: Democratic Republic of Congo
Workshop to promote biomass briquettes in the Democratic Republic of Congo.
Susan Van Dolsen
Organization: Stop the Algonquin Pipeline Expansion
Fatimata Niang Diop
Organization: ARLOMOM & 350 Sénégal
Forest play a central role on communities livelihoods in Senegal. Unfortunately in our region, forest are facing degradation that affect rural communities and contribute a lot to climate change. That's why our day of action focuses on tree planting. We have mobilize women and youth to plant trees. about 600 trees have been planted during this day. Then we have planned to continue and we call everyboddy from everywhere to join us in order to plant more and more trees! CoP 21 is coming soon but before Paris let us act!
Country: United States
Hi....I am part of an organization called Re-Evaluation Counseling. The mission of Re-Evaluation Counseling is to eliminate racism, and, end the destruction of the environment. I believe these two goals are completely connected and it is with women that I want to do this work. Women do the majority of the world's work. Women of color have been trying to lead the work on care of the environment to end the destruction begin done to our planet that is disproportionately affecting communities of color. We can not listen to them or follow their lead with out healing from racism. Ending the destruction to our planet has to include eliminating racism. We can not eliminate racism without eliminating sexism, both of which are goals near and dear to my heart. I would like to back women of color who are already doing many things to turn the tide of climate change. I would like to do whatever work is necessary on reservations & in poor communities, to help stem the tide of the disproportionate impact that climate change is having on those communities. I believe part of the solution has to include building relationships with people of color, listening to each other so we can heal from the affects of racism, learning about the affects of climate change in the most impacted communities. I think then we will be able to follow the lead of people of color from those highly impacted communities; they already know how end the destruction of our environment, and none of us have been able to listen.
Country: United States
I call for action to keep the oil in the soil across the world. In particular, on this Global Women's Climate Justice Day of Action I stand for Yasuni and Ecuadorian Amazon and express my urgent concern about extraction here. The social and environmental impacts are beyond words. This is one of the most biodiverse, flourishing places in the world. We cannot continue down this path of destruction.
Country: United States
Women farmers feed the world! I call on world governments at COP21 to recognize the dire impacts of industrial agriculture and stop false solutions! We need local, small scale agriculture in the hands of women if we are to re-build the strength, diversity, and resilience needed to face the climate crisis. For my action I signed the Women's Climate Declaration, took this photo, and made an extra effort to educate my friends and collegues about why we need women-led, ecologic agriculture.
Organization: Last Rush for the Wild West
Country: United States
Last Rush for the Wild West: Tar Sands, Oil Shale and the American Frontier exposes how tar sands and oil shale strip mining could destroy massive, publicly owned landscapes in the upper reaches of the Colorado River and put the already imperiled watershed at risk. Almost a million acres could be exploited under current law and policy, and the process would jeopardize drinking water quality and quantity for thirty-six million people downstream in Los Angeles, San Diego, Phoenix, Las Vegas and beyond. These immature petroleum sources are the most carbon intensive on the planet and need to be left in the ground. Despite this, the United States' precedent setting tar sands strip mine is already approved in Utah. Last Rush for the Wild West highlights a resolute contingent of Utah citizens, and wise indigenous leaders from tar sands impacted communities Canada, as they encourage American taxpayers and voters to stand with them and reject this impending disaster. There is still time to stop it before it starts! Check out the film, host a screening in your community, get a DVD to share with friends and more. http://www.lastrushforthewildwest.com/ Stay tuned to our Facebook page for current actions! https://www.facebook.com/LastRushfortheWildWest
Organization: EarthSpark International / Enèji Pwòp
EarthSpark and Enèji Pwòp (which means "Clean Energy" in Haitian Creole) train clean energy entrepreneurs to sell our line of solar lights and efficient cookstoves, creating small businesses that provide financial, social, and health benefits to their communities through clean energy products. Pictured here are some of our certified female entrepreneurs (middle) after a full day of training in Port-au-Prince led by our market development agent (far right). As a result of this training, they and their peers will help to break the cycle of energy poverty that keeps Haitian families dependent on dirty fuels like kerosene and charcoal for light and cooking. With the switch to clean energy, we are working to improve and protect Haiti's climate and environment for the future.
Organization: WECAN International
United in solidarity for the Earth and frontline communities across the globe, WECAN International women and allies stand for the Wall of Women Action following the 'Women Leading Solutions on the Frontlines of Climate Change' event in New York City, September 22, 2014.
Organization: WECAN International
Climate Women from across the globe stand for climate justice and solutions at the WECAN International meeting and lunch before the People's Climate March and UN Climate Summit in New York City.
Organization: WECAN International
The Women's Earth and Climate Action Network (WECAN International) Wall of Women Action at the People's Climate March, NYC September 21, 2014.
Organization: The Human Touch
In this report we tackle one of the major consequences of Climate Change on Morocco which is "Droughts" and how it is threatening some of the traditional jobs in the Morocco's Hollywood .
Roxana Mendoza Lopez
Organization: Liderezas Cambio climatico Oruro/ Bartolina Sisa
http://lideresas.cambioclimaticoyagua.org.bo/ La Organización de Mujeres Originarios Bartolina Sisa del departamento de Oruro, Provincia Cercado, Municipio Soracachi Nosotras las mujeres somos del altiplano que nos dedicamos a la agricultura (siembra de hortalizas cebolla, zanahoria, haba entre otras), y a la crianza de ganado y ovino en su mayoría, nosotras siempre sufrimos con el cambio climático más que todo con la sequía que nos afecta, para ello se propone realizar almacenamiento y cosechas de aguas de lluvia, como primera instancia se realizó maquetas del tiempo pasado, presente, y futuro para ver las necesidades que tiene cada comunidad, en cuanto a las cosechas de aguas de lluvia, protección de suelos y la cobertura vegetal, el segundo propósito es hacer realidad los atajados, zanjas, represas, vigiñas, la reforestación con plantas nativas entre otras. Necesitamos almacenar suficiente agua para poder abastecer nuestras necesidades, para el riego, y para nuestros animales.
Organization: Liderezas Para la adptacion y mitigacion al Cambio climatico Tupiza
"El Cambio Climatico ha disminuido la cantidad de agua en nuestra zona y afecta nuestras vidas y las de nuestros hijos... sin agua no hay vida" queremos con nuestro trabajo ser como gotas de rocio que alimentan la tierra y el rio. http://lideresas.cambioclimaticoyagua.org.bo/
Organization: 1 Million Women
Meeting in the park of Scotland Island, on the same day as the global action, to show solidarity, without expending the fuel necessary to reach the rally. We are all three mothers and grandmothers, and the two boys are sons and grandsons. None of us want to see them inherit a degraded world. We might be the smallest meeting of the day, but we represent approx 1% of the island population - if 1% of the world turned out, it would be a huge demonstration!
Organization: Dubai Municipality
Country: Dubai –UAE
The waste management department In Dubai Municipality- Dubai –UAE, stands with WECAN , and fully supports its role as guardians of the Earth and advocates for the rights of our communities and nature. The waste management department In Dubai Municipality has taken many actions to abate the risks of climate change in the regional level , as it plays a key role in the regional leadership to achieve the UAE vision 2021 and Green Economy for sustainable development headed by His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum , that aims towards establishing the country as the best Living environment globally. It participates in the Carbon Abatement Strategy of Dubai by managing and controlling the emissions come from waste , improve abetment measures and hence contribute to Dubai’s vision of low‐carbon economy and sustainable development. The waste management department In Dubai Municipality has initiated a huge project to extract and flare the Methane gas from one of Dubai’s landfills called Al Qusais Landfill, in order to ensure the complete reduction of methane emissions produced with the landfill gas as well as preventing the escape of volatile organic compounds (VOC) from the gas and hence contribute in the mitigation of global warming phenomena The project safely disposed off the flammable constituents (particularly methane) , greatly controlled the odour nuisance, health risks and adverse environmental impacts, and improved the air quality in and around the landfill site. The Introduction of managed landfill mechanism prevented the incidences of fire and explosions which are common in unmanaged landfill site, as it reached almost zero fire incidents in 2013.
Organization: Blue Mountains East Timor Sisters
We worked and walked from 4am till midnight on Saturday for East Timor. On Sunday we were unable to get to Sydney from the mountains, so we got together to add our voice to the international plea for action on climate change. Thanks.
Organization: Chintan International Trust
Our women from Mukteshwar villages in Nainital district IN THE Middle Himalayan ranges ( 1800m approx.) in India have taken a very important this agricultural season (May/ June- Oct/Nov) using their remarkable experience, knowledge and wisdom . They are bringing back (reviving) some of the traditional crops and varieties which had disappeared from their fields and food basket these past few decades. Field trials of 25 different varieties of paddy, millets, lentils and vegetables is being done in farmers’ own fields as well as on a piece of land taken on lease by the organization. While these crops and varieties are extremely rich in Calcium, Iron, Protein and different kinds of vitamins, they are also resistant to long dry spells, too much of rainfall , pest and disease attacks , thus ensuring food and nutrition security as well as increased climate resilience through improved agro biodiversity. This will help develop effective adaptation strategy to cope better with the impacts of changing weather pattern and improve the health of humans, animals and environment.- - Mukteshwar, Uttarakhand, India
Country: Democratic Republic of Congo
Together with WECAN International, SAFECO staff members have been trained and conducted trainings on how to protect natural forest by using traditional ecological knowledge of indigenous peoples in ITOMBWE. SAFECO stands with WECAN International to protect the rights of Nature and rights of indigenous peoples of ITOMBWE. We stand in solidarity with the People’s Climate March and the women marching! Neema Namadamu WECAN Coordinator of DR Congo region and Nzabarinda Stany Program Manager of SAFECO
Adela Marca Flores y Josefina Paredes
Organization: Liderezas Para la adaptacion y mitigacion al Cambio climatico Charaá
Las "lideresas ante el cambio climático" Charaña- http://lideresas.cambioclimaticoyagua.org.bo/ Son mujeres de Altiplano, valles, Chaco y Amazonía, que se prepararan para plantear mejores alternativas frente a las consecuencias del cambio climático, la calidad del medio ambiente, los derechos humanos y de las mujeres, además del pleno ejercicio de éstos.
Organization: GREEN HOPE UAE
Country: DUBAI , UNITED ARAB EMIRATES
We are a youth organisation and we believe in community driven "on the ground" action to combat climate change. Desertification and land degradation are two direct consequences of climate change. To combat this , we planted 50 saplings as a our "DIRECT DAY OF ACTION". Trees are the lungs of our planet and by absorbing CO2 , help to reduce our planet's carbon footprint and thereby mitigate impacts of climate change. Till date we have planted over 2 thousand trees .
Organization: Liderezas por el CC Riberalta
La Red Integral de Mujeres Amazónica, Rieberalta Bolivia http://lideresas.cambioclimaticoyagua.org.bo/ Se propone Mitigar los daños causados por el cambio climático y la contaminación, mediante la puesta en marcha de iniciativas, dirigidas al reciclaje y la reutilización de material de desecho…Iniciativas que se conviertan en proyectos, autosustentables, que sean favorables a la economía local, teniendo como actores principales a las mujeres. desarrollamos acciones para el reuso de materiales que podrian considerarse basura como las bolsas plastica y tejemos bolsas, canastas, etc con ellas
Country: United States
WE-CAN Cure Climate Change! Protect our Rainforests and let's "fuel" our world with HEMP instead of petroleum. Peace! And PurePlanetLove from me to you!
Organization: r house creates
Country: United States
Show solidarity with marchers
Organization: 350.org / Green Grannies
We are organizing a local Sept 21st Peoples Climate March and Wall of Women at this march in Asheville, NC. Location to be announced. We will send pictures. Sherry Vaughan 828-808-2482
Organization: Action for Environmental Education, Gender, and Sustainable Development Kivu
Country: Democratic Republic of Congo
'Action for Environmental Education, Gender, and Sustainable Development Kivu' is based in Sud-Kivu Province in the East of the Democratic Republic of Congo. The project is Promotion of Biomass Briquettes as an Energy Alternative to Deforestation in the Mountains of Kivu. This project has several advantages: -Fight against deforestation because 90 per cent of the population uses charcoal as fuel -Combat Climate Change -Allows Women to save the family budget, because the use of briquettes as fuel is cheaper -The Briquette biomass is less polluting, unlike firewood used by women in rural areas in the DRC which causes contamination and women respiratory infections due to fumes that enter the lungs. -The Project allows carbon sequestration through maintaining trees It stabilizes the production of oxygen by reducing GHG emissions
Country: United States
Stand with the Climate Women
Asabe Shehu Yar'Adua
Organization: Asabe Shehu Yar'Adua Foundation
Country: United States
The Founder / President of Asabe Shehu Yar'Adua Foundation Dr. Amb. Hajiya Asabe Shehu Yar'Adau alongside members of the foundation at a press briefing on climate issues and solutions.
Organization: NGO "Terra-1530"
Country: Republica Moldova
Entrepreneurial activity as well is not developed in our country. Moldova being one of the countries of former Soviet Republic remains to be one of the poorest countries in Europe. Youth involvement in economic life is reduced, due to limited access to financial resources and an unstable business environment. Most youths believe they have no chance at a better paying job, or a secure future in the country: ...On December 14, 2012, the Vorniceni Village Council, Republic of Moldova, approved a decision(nr. 8/16) concerning changing the destination of a land area for the purpose of arranging of a square, this constituting one of the objectives of the Socio-Economic Development Strategy of Vorniceni village. Part of this land was planted with trees some 40 years ago but there has been a lack of appropriate care which is reflected in the deplorable condition they are currently in. Moreover, the design is far from being a modern one... The Decision of the Village Council to plant trees on the respective public plot was taken due to the mutual initiative of the local civil society and the "Terra-1530" NGO. From the very start more partners were committed to finding a solution for a community problem of global importance... The forestation will constitute our response to the Global Warming phenomenon.
Women and Climate Justice Actions in collaboration with 1 Billion Rising 2014
Eve Ensler, founder of the 1 Billion Women Rising campaign, invited WECAN to lead one of the segments of the worldwide Rising Action on February 14, 2014. WECAN organized over a dozen actions internationally for Women and Climate Justice and documented women-led solutions, testimonies and successes in the field of environmental/climate justice throughout the world. The Day of Action was also dedicated to the signing of WECAN’s Declaration, “Women of the World Call for Urgent Action on Climate Change & Sustainability Solutions” http://wecaninternational.org/declaration. Events took place from Morocco to Ecuador from the Maldives to Congo.
Former President Nasheed from the Maldives attended one of the actions and signed the WECAN Declaration along with the Environmental Minister from the Maldives who said he will take our demands to the UN.
- Women farmers highlighting the importance of local organic farms to food sovereignty and food security
- Women demonstrating how they and their families are being affected by the tar sands and pipelines developments in Canada
- Highlighting solar projects in Africa
- Calling on communities to plant certain trees and flowers that absorb large amounts of CO2
- Congolese women calling for protection of the forests of Congo
- Indigenous women mobilizing in Ecuador to protect the Amazon from fossil fuel leasing and development
- Women in Arab countries calling for women and climate change education
- Making the link between violence against women and climate change
Additionally, WECAN held a direct action at the last UN Climate Negotiations in Warsaw inside the convention center where women leaders demanded that governments approach the negotiations from a climate justice perspective and read the WECAN Climate Declaration out loud.
Organization: Chintan International Trust
Women and Men in a remote traditional village came together in the Middle Himalayan ranges in India ( 2000 m approx. altitude ) to discuss the impact of Climate Change on their lives and decided that their traditional farming systems , practices, , diversity , mixed cropping and rotational cropping systems , mixed forests with broad leaved species are so very essential for their resilience as well as to mitigate the impact of climate change. It is within their access and control as well. They decided to strengthen their movement for their rights over resources and knowledge systems.....
Dr. Vikas Desai
Organization: Urban Health and Climate Resilience Centre and Southern Gujarat Chamber of commerce and industries, Surat
Women’s Health and Climate Justice Day of Action Urban Health and Climate Resilience Centre (UHCRC) and women's wing of Southern Gujarat Chamber of commerce and Industries (SGCCI), Surat, India celebrated Women’s Health and Climate Justice Day of Action on 14th February, 2014. UHCRC as a member of Global Gender and Climate Alliance (GGCA) and as per the invitation of Women’s Earth and Climate Action Network (WECAN) organized this event . Total 35 women and men participated in interactive sessions. Event was organized in three sessions . 1) “Rise through knowledge”- where participants explored the subject of Gender, Climate and Health” through explanatory videos, presentation and discussion with expert. 2) “Rise through art”, participants expressed their creativity through poetry, drawing and story writing on the theme, “I care for my mother earth” 3) “Rise through Media”, which involved screening of videos showcasing worldwide action efforts made by women for environment and sharing of "take home" messages by participants.
Organization: Acción Climática
Women and Climate Justice in Bolivia
A village woman, Purnima, became ideal organic farmer in her locality, got increased profit from organic farming with the facilitation of Caritas Bangladesh at Rampal subdistrict of Bangladesh in CAFOD and EU co-funded 'Improved Food and Livelihood Security in the context of climate change' programme.
Organization: SAFECO- Synergie Des Associations Feminines Du Congo
Neema Namadamu from Congo had the WECAN Declaration translated into Swahili and presented it to the local Indigenous Pygmy women of the Congo rainforest for their signature and participation as stewards of this global treasure. Congo's forests are the second largest rainforest in the world. Indigenous women Rise for Climate Justice with One Billion Rising around the world.
Voice of Women
Organization: Voice of Women
Voice of Women with WECAN and 1 Billion Rising, Standing for Climate Justice. President Nasheed and Environment Minister Thoriq Ibrahim joined in.
Organization: Idle No More
Idle No More SF with support from Women’s Earth and Climate Action Network, WECAN (and many allies!) held an action for Mother Earth and Climate Justice in collaboration with One Billion Rising for Justice! At the gates of the Chevron Refinery in Richmond, California participants wrote "love letters" to Chevron detailing what they would love to see Chevron do to help the climate. With Pennie Opal Plant from Idle No More leading the way, the action at the refinery included prayer, speeches, a round dance and the reading and signing of the WECAN Climate Declaration. Women are rising with fierce resolve, because our national and international policy level on climate change is not equivalent to the urgency we are facing.
Natalia Greene and Patricia Gualinga
Organization: Mujeres Amazonicas
Mujeres Amazonicas--Women of the Amazon in collaboration with WECAN gathering to protect Yasuni , the Amazon Rainforest and Indigenous communities. In Puyo, Ecuador the women signed the WECAN Declaration.
Organization: Women Donors Network
Country: United States of America
We at Women Donors Network sign the Declaration and stand in solidarity with WECAN for climate justice.
Organization: Voice of Women
Country: Republic of Maldives
Voice of Women in collaboration with Women's Earth and Climate Action Network (WECAN) take action for Women and Climate Justice as part of the One Billion Rising for Justice Campaign. At the event in the Maldives, President Nasheed delivered a keynote address and remarks by former President of Ireland, Mary Robinson, were read aloud. There was also a live debut of the song "Climate Justice - vow with us" , which was performed by one of the most talented young female artists of the Maldives. The Minister for Environment Mr. Thoriq Ibrahim spoke at the event as well and pledged to carry our voices in the international negotiation forums. The event concluded with the signing of the WECAN Climate Declaration.
Organization: Women's Mobilzation for Yasuní
Women from all over the country of Ecuador are gathering in solidarity with women from the Amazon to protect our rainforest, threat by the decision to drill for oil in the most biodiverse place in the world, the Yasuní National Park. The government decided to give up on the Initiative to leave oil underground and now the people of Ecuador, especially young people and women are engaged in a signature campaign, with Yasunidos. The goal: collect more than 600,000 signatures to call a National Referendum to vote for life, for nature, for water for all the brave women living in Yasuní. Women together, supporting Ecuador become the first country to recognize and guarantee Rights of Nature. Picture: Waorani women, afro women and mestizo women together, signing for Yasuní in Plaza de San Francisco, Quito.
ARAB YOUTH CLIMATE MOVEMENT
Organization: ARAB YOUTH CLIMATE MOVEMENT
MENA WOMEN CALLING FOR CLIMATE JUSTICE The 1997 Kyoto Protocol committed industrialized countries to reduce their greenhouse gas emissions in recognition of the threat posed by climate change. Since that time, climatic change became not a pure environmental concern, but also a socio_ economical issue although a little attention is given to subordinated groups and how they will be affected by climatic change. The Arab Youth Climate Movement (AYCM) refers to a regional network of youth Arab volunteers that collectively aims to inspire, empower and mobilize a generational movement of young people to take positive action on climate change. AYCM has set out to create a generation-wide movement across MENA Region to solve the climate crisis, and to assess and support the establishment of legally binding agreements to deal with climate change issue within international negotiations to achieve climate justice regionally and internationally . Since its birth, AYCM recognized the impacts of climate change on gender roles and relations in all levels, including links between severe stress from natural disasters and discrimination against women and girls, on other hand, we believed in the importance of climate justice as an aspect of social justice. for us, the struggles for climate justice and social justice are one and the same. It is the struggle for territories, land, forests and water, for agrarian and urban reform, food and energy sovereignty, for human rights. It is the fight for equality and justice for all. Women can fight for climate justice, and so AYCM do. For that we joined The Women's Earth & Climate Action Network event “1 billion Rising for climate justice” because women are critical to implementing sustainability solutions. Women can negotiate, evaluate, decide, plan and take a real action to fight climate change, to resist climate injustice, and protect the planet. كان توقيع بروتوكول كيوتو عام 1997 يهدف الى الزام الدول الصناعية الحد من انتاج ثاني اكسيد الكربون, بمثابة الاعتراف بالخطر الذي يشكله التغير المناخي, ومنذ ذلك الوقت تحول التغير المناخي من قضية بيئية صرفة الى قضية اجتماعية واقتصادية. رغم عدم الاهتمام الواضح بالفئات المهمشة وكيف سيؤثر عليها التغير المناخي. تشكلت حركة الشباب العربي من اجل التغير المناخي محركة طوعية من خلال شبكة اقليمية من الشباب العربي الذي يهدف بشكل جماعي لإلهام وتمكين وحشد حركة الأجيال من الشباب على اتخاذ إجراءات إيجابية بشأن تغير المناخ. جاءت الحركة لخلق نشاط واسع في منطقة الشرق الاوسط وشمال افريقيا هدفه التصدي للتغير المناخي. وتقييم ودعم إنشاء اتفاقيات ملزمة قانونا للتعامل مع قضية التغير المناخي في المفاوضات الدولية لتحقيق العدالة المناخ إقليميا ودوليا منذ ولادة حركة الشباب العربي من اجل التغير المناخي, ادركنا الاثر الذي يتركه التغير المناخي على العلاقات و القواعد الجندية وبكافة مستوياتها, بما في ذلك العلاقة بين ما تولده الكوارث الطبيعة من ضغوط كبيرة,وبين التمييز والعنف تجاه النساء والفتيات,ومن جانب اخر, فقد كان لدينا ايمان باهمية العدالة المناخية لتحقيق العدالة الاجتماعية. بالنسبة لنا، فالنضال من أجل العدالة المناخية والعدالة الاجتماعية واحد . و هو ذاته النضال من أجل الأراضي، والغابات والمياه والإصلاح الزراعي والحضري، والغذاء والطاقة و السيادة وحقوق الإنسان. هو الكفاح من أجل المساواة والعدالة للجميع. تستطيع المرأة ان تناضل من اجل العدالة المناخية_ كما نؤمن في حركة الشباب العربي من اجل التغير المناخي, لذلك انضممنا لشبكة نساء من اجل الارض والمناخ في فعاليتها "حشد مليار من اجل العدالة المناخية" لان المرأة حاسمة في ايجاد حلول مستدامة لمواجهة التغير المناخي. يمكن للمرأة أن التفاوض وتقيم وتقرر،وتخطط واتتخذ إجراءات حقيقية لمحاربة التغير المناخي،و لمقاومة الظلم الناتج عنه ، وحماية كوكب الأرض
1 Million Women
Organization: 1Million Women
We're rising for climate justice!
Organization: Solar Electric Light Fund
Country: United States
In 2007, the Solar Electric Light Fund (SELF) installed three solar-powered drip irrigation systems for women farming collectives in Dunkassa and Bessassi, two villages in the Kalalé district of northern Benin in West Africa. SELF’s Solar Market Garden marries solar pumping technology with drip irrigation to water and fertilize crops. Our evaluation partner, Stanford University’s Program on Food Security and the Environment, recently completed its first assessment and concluded that the Solar Market Garden (quote) “significantly augments both household income and nutritional intake.” According to Stanford’s assessment, each Solar Market Garden has supplied nearly 2 tonnes of produce per month. About 20% is kept for home consumption; the balance is sold at market. In fact, the women are earning an extra $7.50 per week selling fresh produce. I was there on market day, and was delighted to see the women proudly march off to town with their baskets brimming with leafy green vegetables. Solar Market Gardens have been installed in eight additional villages in Kalale. 329 women farmers and their families will directly benefit from healthier food production, increased income, and the fact that the drip‐irrigation systems are doing all of the watering. 48,000 people in the villages will benefit from the availability of high‐quality produce.
Organization: Solar Sister
Solar Sister Tanzania is working in close partnership with the African Wildlife Foundation (AWF) to connect the dots between conservation, livelihoods and clean energy access. The partnership is rooted in the shared philosophy that Africans must be stewards of Africa, and that empowering women and creating livelihood opportunities is absolutely critical for building truly sustainable communities. Only 14% of the total population in Tanzania has access to electricity at present. In rural areas, which form 74% of total population, electricity access is only 2%. Wood fuel provides over 90% of the national energy supply, thereby putting tremendous pressure on the countries natural resources. Solar Sister is working together to address this massive energy poverty in the country through the first of its kind women driven clean energy access network. Since its launch in early 2013, over 83 Solar Sister entrepreneurs in Tanzania have brought light, hope and opportunity to over 12000 people in their communities. Solar Sister is continuing to build on the enterprise and enthusiasm of Tanzanian women to multiply its effect in the country.
Organization: Moroccoan Youth Climate Movement
MYCM recognized the impacts of climate change on gender roles and relations in all levels, including links between severe stress from natural disasters and discrimination against women and girls, on other hand, we believed in the importance of climate justice as an aspect of social justice.for us, the struggles for climate justice and social justice are one and the same. It is the struggle for territories, land, forests and water, for agrarian and urban reform, food and energy sovereignty, for human rights. It is the fight for equality and justice for all.Women can fight for climate justice, and so MYCM do. For that we joined The Women's Earth & Climate Action Network event “one billion Rising for climate justice” because women are critical to implementing climate change and sustainability solutions.Women can negotiate, evaluate, decide, plan and take a real action to fight climate change, to resist climate injustice, and protect the planet MYCM invites its members and partners and also everyone who cares for the safety our present and future generations to sign WECAN Declaration and contribute in making our voice heard for a real clean transition and sustainable solutions
Rachel Smith on behalf of Irene Sanchez de la Rosa
Organization: Buen Manejo del Campo SA de CV / Sistema Biobolsa
www.sistemabiobolsa.com Ing. Irene Sanchez de la Rosa is the Head of Field Operations for Buen Manejo del Campo, a Mexican social enterprise dedicated to installing Sistema Biobolsa biodigesters for small-scale producers across Mexico and Central America. The biodigesters allow small-scale family farms, and medium-scale dairies and slaughterhouses to transform their animal waste into valuable biogas and bio-fertilizer, displacing LPG and woodfuel costs and emissions, capturing GHGs otherwise given off by decomposing waste and protecting watershed from chemical fertilizer use and manure run-off. Ing. Irene has coordinated the installation of over 800 of these systems, leading a team of 11 skilled technicians, holding over 300 community demonstration events and training community members across Mexico, and off-setting 3,000 TCO2e to date. Through Ing. Irene's tireless effort and dedication, over 6,000 direct beneficiaries now off-set their farm's GHG emissions through the use of the system, benefitting also from improved health and sanitation and economic savings on traditional fuels and chemical fertilizers.
Organization: Congo Rising for Women and Climate Justice
Neema Namadamu from Congo had the WECAN Declaration translated into Swahili and presented it to the local Indigenous Pygmy women of the Congo rainforest for their signature and participation as stewards of this global treasure. All 117 women and men present signed the Declaration to show their solidarity in protection of the forests and for the global effort to address climate change and environmental issues.
Organization: SAFECO- Synergie Des Associations Feminines Du Congo
The SYNERGIE DES ASSOCIATIONS FEMININES DU CONGO translated the WECAN INTL Declaration Statement into Swahili and presented it to the local indigenous Pygmy women for their signatures and participation as stewards of our global treasure. SAFECO’s delegation went to the local Mwenga territory, where pygmy communities gathered. The meeting included; Patrick Namatomwa, a longtime partner of SAFECO and Pygmy people representative for South Kivu Province, Myriamma Ilunga, SAFECO’s eco-village project leader, and Pascal Byamungu, photographer/videographer, and Maman Shujaa supporter. SAFECO’s team collaborated with leaders from Mwenga surrounding communities and villages including Kitamba, Ilinda, Kibumba, Kalole, and Mwenga Center. The meeting took place at the Catholic Parish of Mwenga. The meeting was opened by team leader, Patrick Namatomwa, and then Civil Society President for Mwenga Territory, Minyota, who said: When I was young, we had a good environment. You just went behind your house and cut firewood for your cookfires. You could cut as much as you had strength to cut. But today you must go far, and when you get there you must ask ICCN (forest authority) for permission. It is easy for us to join in signing this declaration. We are experiencing the effects of many years of bad forest management. Women around the world are signing this Declaration because this has become a global issue. Things have changed and we must open our eyes to see how things have changed so we can work together and have a solution for this global issue. All 117 women and men present signed the Declaration. You will see on the signature pages that many represent different organizations, associations, communities, and government offices. You will also note that many were not able to sign their own name, but scribbled ink on their thumb and then pressed their inked-thumb on the signature line. A prominently expressed view was though many organizations and communities were represented, there is no organizing body to bring them together and enable them to properly address the climate change/environmental issues. After the signing celebration the SAFECO delegation distributed the 80 WECAN/SAFECO t-shirts made for the event, and distributed a small amount of money for transport back to their respective locales. Together WECAN! Neema Namadamu SAFECO President WECAN-Congo Director
Organization: Loli Aniau, Makaʻala Aniau (LAMA)
ROOTS ~ RESILIENCE ~ ROMANCE is an event to stand for women and climate justice. Women are key to sustainable solutions. When women farmers are empowered, we will see food security. Join us to learn more about the impacts of climate change and solutions for a sustainable future. Share your message on a poster, participate in our social media campaign, and receive a FREE Native plant (food, medicinal, and love plants will be available), taro huli, or seeds to cultivate with your special someone. Weaving and other cultural demonstrations will be showcased. Loli Aniau, Makaʻala Aniau (LAMA) is a program established in 2012 at the University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa and housed within Hawaiʻinuiākea School of Hawaiian Knowledge (HSHK) in partnership with the William S. Richardson School of Law. LAMA’s mission is to catalyze climate adaptation and resiliency by engaging communities in Hawai’i and beyond through innovative training and policy tools that link decision-makers with the university, island communities, and the public as well as private sectors. It is our goal to engage and empower climate justice communities in Hawai‘i and globally. This event is a collaboration between LAMA, Hawaiʻinuiākea School of Hawaiian Knowledge, Center for Pacific Islands Studies, PacificRISA, Ka Papa Loʻi o Kānewai, UHM Sustainability Council, Hawaiʻi Institute for Human Rights and other faculty, staff, and students from the University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa.
Organization: Voice of Women
Voice of Women from the Maldives is proud to join WECAN to stand for women and climate justice.
Pennie Opal Plant
Organization: Idle No More SF Bay
Country: United States
Join the women of Idle No More SF Bay at the gates of the Chevron Refinery in Richmond, California. We will gather for a morning of prayer, song, teachings and perhaps a round dance. All women are welcome! Allies too! Idle No More is an indigenous revolution started by three First Nations women and one woman of "settler" descent that began in the winter of 2012 in Canada. It is a movement to prevent further damage to and to restore Mother Earth, as well as to prevent further damage to indigenous communities. It has become a global movement primarily led by women.