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News from 2015

Women's Earth and Climate Action Network Reacts to Paris Climate Accord

December 13, 2015

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

December 13, 2015

Contact:

Emily Arasim

Communications Coordinator

Women’s Earth and Climate Action Network

+1 (505) 920-0153

emily@wecaninternational.org

 
Women's Earth and Climate Action Network Reacts to Paris Climate Accord
 

"In Paris, world governments signed onto an unprecedented global climate agreement. While WECAN salutes the groundbreaking effort, the fact is that the Paris accord fails to address the root causes of the climate crisis and the structures of injustice that perpetuate it. We are glad governments are talking about 1.5 degrees as a goal, but are very concerned that there are not the commitments and actions to achieve this. The agreement does not uphold gender equality, Indigenous rights, human rights and protection of ecosystems - and allows major polluters like the U.S. to continue to skirt around their historic responsibilities. We cannot continue business as usual, nor promote and implement false solutions that the agreement perpetuates - instead, we must put people and planet first. The good news coming out of Paris is that people around the world are standing up boldly and calling forth a healthy, beautiful future that we are envisioning together. The climate justice movement has been vibrantly displayed in Paris over the past two weeks. We must remember that this is where true power and hope lies as we move forward."

MEDIA ADVISORY - Prominent International Rights of Nature Tribunal Offers Earth-Driven, Not Market-Driven, Solutions to Climate Change

December 07, 2015

Press Advisory

UNFCCC COP 20 NGO Press Conference

Press Conference Room 3

11:30am – 12:00  9 December 2015

Prominent International Rights of Nature Tribunal Offers Earth-Driven,

Not Market-Driven, Solutions to Climate Change

In an extraordinary display of global solidarity, vision and determination, communities and organizations from all over the world took the initiative this past weekend to formally establish the Third International Tribunal for the Rights of Nature. People flocked to the Maison des Métallos in Paris to listen to more than 65 people from 32 nationalities speaking in 7 languages who participated as judges, Earth Defenders, or witnesses during the two days of Tribunal hearings. More than 600 people attended the hearings on each of the two days and hundreds more had to be turned away due to lack of space. Eight prominent cases demonstrated that human rights, indigenous rights and earth rights are inseparable and the recognizing rights of nature provides a viable path forward in creating the future we want.

The participants of the Tribunal showed the strong, united leadership so lacking at COP 21 by signing the People’s Convention that formally established the Tribunal and opened the way to the creation of Regional Tribunals throughout the world.  The Tribunal bases its judgements primarily on the Universal Declaration for the Rights of Mother Earth and international human rights law, but also recognized ecocide as a crime. The judgements provide clear direction in each case on who is accountable and on what must be done to repair the harm and restore Earth (and communities) to health and well-being. While governments participating in the COP 21 are locked in tortuous negotiations over the wording of an agreement that will worsen the destruction of Mother Earth, the people of the world demonstrated in this way what genuine global collaboration and solidarity can achieve.  

Compelling cases heard during the Tribunal include:

  • False Solutions related to Climate Change

  • Commercialization of Nature and REDD+

  • Genetically modified organisms

  • Defenders of Mother Earth

  • Hydraulic fracturing  "fracking"

  • Megadams in Brazil

  • Oil in the Amazon: Yasuni-ITT and Texaco Chevron as Ecocide Cases

In addition, 5 new cases were accepted for subsequent Tribunal hearings.

Tribunal members and case experts presenting to members of the press include:

  • Osprey Orielle Lake, US

  • Pablo Solon, Bolivia

  • Patricia Gualinga, Sarayaku, Ecuador

  • Tom Goldtooth, Indigenous, Turtle Island, US

The distinguished judges constituted the International Rights of Nature Tribunal in Paris: President - Cormac Cullinan (Global Alliance for the Rights of Nature, and author of Wild Law- South Africa); Tom Goldtooth (Indigenous Environmental Network, Turtle Island - USA);Alberto Acosta (Economist and former president of the Constitutional Assembly - Ecuador); Osprey Orielle Lake (Women’s Earth and Climate Action Network - USA); Terisa Turner (International Oil Working Group, Friends of the Earth – Canada, professor – Canada and USA); Felicio Pontes (Federal Prosecutor - Brazil)Damien Short (Director Human Rights Consortium, University of London - UK); Attosa Soltani (Amazon Watch founder - USA);Nnimmo Bassey (Health of Mother Earth Foundation / Oilwatch - Nigeria);Ruth Nyambura (African Biodiversity Network - Kenya); Christophe Bonneuil (Historian of Sciences, CNRS, Attac - France);Philippe Desbrosses (Doctor in Environmental Sciences, Farmer, Intelligence Verte - France); - Honorary Judge on December 4th Dominique Bourg (philosopher and author, University of Lausanne, Switzerland).

Ramiro Avila, environmental attorney form Ecuador, and Linda Sheehan, Executive Director of Earth Law Center, served as Co-Prosecutors for the Earth.


Hosted by: The Global Alliance for the Rights of Nature, www.TheRightsofNature.org

CONTACT:

Osprey Orielle Lake, osprey@wecaninternational.org

Natalia Greene +593 (0) 99944-3724/nati.greene@gmail.com

MEDIA ADVISORY - Indigenous and Frontline Women Leaders to Present Solutions for Forest Protection and Renewable Energy at COP21

December 07, 2015

MEDIA ADVISORY

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

December 4, 2015

Contact:

Emily Arasim

Communications Coordinator

Women’s Earth and Climate Action Network

+1 (505) 920-0153 (text only in France)

emily@wecaninternational.org

 

Indigenous and Frontline Women Leaders to Present

Solutions for Forest Protection and Renewable Energy at COP21

PARIS, France (December 4, 2015)– On December 8, Gender Day at COP21 climate negotiations, frontlines and Indigenous women leaders from across North America, South America, and Africa will unite to present their solutions for forest protection and a just transition to renewable energy during a formal COP21 side event organized by the Women’s Earth and Climate Action Network, Amazon Watch and Ithaca College. Speakers will examine the Women’s Climate Action Agenda, a climate justice blueprint for our path forward; present the Sarayaku people of Ecuador’s ‘Living Forest’ proposal, highlighting Amazonian indigenous solutions; and showcase women as agents of change in transitioning to 100% renewable energy.

WHAT: ‘Global Women & Indigenous Peoples on the Frontline of Climate Solutions: Forests & Renewable Energy’ - formal UN Side Event at COP21

WHO: Patricia Gualinga - Indigenous Kichwa leader from Sarayaku, Ecuador

Neema Namadamu- Director of SAFECO & WECAN Coordinator, Democratic Republic of Congo

Casey Camp Horinek- Ponca Nation elder & representative of the Indigenous Environmental Network, USA

Angelina Galiteva– Founder, Renewables 100 Policy Institute, USA

Isis Alvarez Ortiz- Gender Advisor and Campaigner with the Global Forest Coalition, Colombia

Representative of Oil Watch International

Leila Salazar-López– Executive Director of Amazon Watch, USA

Osprey Orielle Lake - co-Founder and Executive Director, Women’s Earth & Climate Action Network, USA

WHEN: Tuesday December 8, 15:00-16:30

WHERE: Observer Room 01, Blue Zone - Requires accreditation badge to enter

MEDIA ADVISORY - Frontline Women Leaders to Speak Out at Gender Day Press Conference

December 07, 2015

MEDIA ADVISORY

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

December 8, 2015

Contact:

Emily Arasim

Communications Coordinator

Women’s Earth and Climate Action Network

+1 (505) 920-0153 (text only in France)

emily@wecaninternational.org

Frontline Women Leaders to Speak Out at Gender Day Press Conference

PARIS, France (December 8, 2015) – This afternoon, frontline and indigenous leaders will convene for a women’s press conference organized by the Women’s Earth and Climate Action Network in conjunction with UNFCCC COP21 climate negotiations Gender Day. Women leaders will speak out against social and environmental injustice, present case studies of climate impact from their communities and put forth solutions for climate justice and a livable future.

WHAT:WECAN Frontline Women’s COP21 Press Conference

WHO: Patricia Gualinga- Indigenous Kichwa leader from Sarayaku, Ecuador

Neema Namadamu- Director of SAFECO & WECAN DRC Coordinator, Democratic Republic of Congo

Casey Camp Horinek - Ponca Nation elder & representative of the Indigenous Environmental Network, USA

Kandi Mossett- Mandan, Hidatsa, Arikara Climate & Energy Campaign Organizer with the Indigenous Environmental Network, USA

Leila Salazar-López– Executive Director of Amazon Watch, USA

Osprey Orielle Lake– Executive Director of the Women’s Earth and Climate Action Network, USA

WHEN:18:30

WHERE:Press Conference Room 3 in the COP21 Media Center 

MEDIA ADVISORY - Global Women to Speak for Peace, Justice, and Climate Solutions at Women’s Earth and Climate Action Network COP21 Event

November 30, 2015

MEDIA ADVISORY - FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Contact:

Emily Arasim, Communications Coordinator

Women’s Earth and Climate Action Network

+1 (505) 920-0153 (text only in France)

emily@wecaninternational.org

Global Women to Speak for Peace, Justice, and Climate Solutions

at Women’s Earth and Climate Action Network COP21 Event

PARIS, France (November 30, 2015) – In an effort to raise up women’s voices to the forefront during COP21 climate negotiations, the Women’s Earth and Climate Action Network (WECAN International) will convene a dynamic event with global women leaders speaking out for climate justice and presenting their visions and strategies for a healthy and equitable world. The event will open with a welcome by a leader of the Indigenous Sami peoples of Sweden, and end with a special presentation by Indigenous women of North and South America concerning their historic treaty initiative in defense of the Earth. French – English – Spanish translation will be available. More information at: wecaninternational.org/pages/wecan-cop21

What:

     ‘Women Leading Solutions on the Frontlines of Climate Change – Paris’

Who:

  • Vandana Shiva - World renowned activist, Founder of Navdanya Institute, India
  • Mary Robinson- President, Mary Robinson Foundation-Climate Justice & former President of Ireland
  • Patricia Gualinga- Indigenous Kichwa leader from Sarayaku, Ecuador
  • Josefina Skerk - Vice President of the Saami Parliament, Sweden
  • Fleur Newman - Programme Officer and UNFCCC Gender Focal Point representing the UNFCCC Secretariat, Germany
  • Gloria Ushigua- President of the Association of Sapara Women, Ecuador
  • Neema Namadamu- Director of SAFECO & WECAN DRC Coordinator, Democratic Republic of Congo
  • Casey Camp Horinek- Ponca Nation elder & member of the Indigenous Environmental Network, USA
  • Aleta Baun- Conservationist & anti-mining activist of West Timor, Indonesia
  • Kandi Mossett- Mandan, Hidatsa, Arikara Climate & Energy Campaign Organizer with the Indigenous Environmental Network, USA
  • Jacqui Patterson- Director, National Association for the Advancement of Colored People Environment & Climate Justice Program, USA
  • Eriel Deranger- Communications Manager of the Athabasca Chipewyan First Nation, Canada
  •  Angelina Galiteva – Founder, Renewables 100 Policy Institute, USA
  •  Natalie Isaacs– CEO and co-Founder, 1 Million Women, Australia
  •  Mary Louise Malig- Campaigns Coordinator & Research Associate with the Global Forest Coalition, Philippines
  • Thilmeeza Hussain- Founder of Voice of Women, Maldives
  • Geneviève Azam- Attac France
  • Naomi Ages- Climate Liability Project Lead, Greenpeace USA
  • UNFCCC Women & Gender Constituency Representative
  • Sally Ranney– co-Founder, Women’s Earth & Climate Action Network, USA
  • Osprey Orielle Lake - co-Founder and Executive Director, Women’s Earth & Climate Action Network, USA

When:

Monday December 7, 2015 - from 13:00 to 18:30

Where:

Vendome Room at the Paris Marriott Opera Ambassador Hotel, 18 Boulevard Haussmann 75009 Paris


Press Release - Women for Climate Justice Prepare to Speak out During COP21 Climate Negotiations

November 23, 2015

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Media Contact:

Emily Arasim

Communications Coordinator

Women’s Earth & Climate Action Network

+1 (505) 920-0153

emily@wecaninternational.org

Women for Climate Justice Prepare to Speak out During COP21 Climate Negotiations

SAN FRANCISCO, Calif., November 23, 2015 – Next week, as world governments enter into UNFCCC COP21 climate negotiations, global women leaders will unite in Paris to push for their voices for climate justice, women’s leadership, and systemic change to be brought to the forefront.

On Monday December 7th, the Women’s Earth and Climate Action Network (WECAN International) will convene ‘Women Leading Solutions on the Frontlines of Climate Change – Paris’ an extraordinary gathering of worldwide women leaders joined in solidarity to share stories, struggles, and solutions for a healthy and equitable world.Over the course of the event, women will speak out boldly on issues of social and environmental destruction, expose false solutions to the climate crisis, and demonstrate why women are so critical to effective action on climate change and how they are already forging the way ahead.

‘Women Leading Solutions’ will feature an outstanding line-up of global figures, frontline and Indigenous women, and movement leaders including Dr. Vandana Shiva (World renowned activist, Founder of Navdanya Institute, India); Hon. Mary Robinson (President, Mary Robinson Foundation-Climate Justice & former President of Ireland); Patricia Gualinga (Indigenous Kichwa leader from Sarayaku, Ecuador); Josefina Skerk (Vice President of the Sami Parliament, Sweden); Gloria Ushigua (President of the Association of Sapara Women, Ecuador); Neema Namadamu (Director of SAFECO & WECAN DR Congo Coordinator, Democratic Republic of Congo); Geneviève Azam (Scientific Council, Attac France, France); Aleta Baun (Conservationist & anti-mining activist of West Timor, Indonesia); Casey Camp Horinek (Ponca Nation elder & representative of the Indigenous Environmental Network, USA); Thilmeeza Hussain (Founder of Voice of Women, Maldives); Osprey Orielle Lake (co-Founder and Executive Director, Women’s Earth & Climate Action Network, USA) and many more.

In light of recent waves of global violence, space will be held for vital discussions concerning women, war, peace, and conflict and climate impacts.The event will open with a traditional welcome by a Sami leader of the far North of Sweden, and end with an important message from Indigenous women of North and South America concerning their historic 2015 treaty.

“Women comprise roughly 80 percent of global climate refugees. When forests are cleared, when contaminated water leaks from fossil fuel extraction sites—women are the most critically impacted. However this is just half the story,” explained Osprey Orielle Lake, Executive Director of WECAN International, “Women stand on the frontlines of global efforts to revision and heal our world - their experiences and leadership must be recognized and engaged as central to climate justice and forward momentum towards a livable future. This is exactly what we are working to bring to light at our December 7th event, and through our advocacy work at COP21 and beyond, please join us.”

‘Women Leading Solutions on the Frontlines of Climate Change-Paris’ is free and open to the public. The event will be held from 13:00 – 18:30 at the Paris Marriott Opera Ambassador Hotel, 16 Boulevard Haussmann 75009 Paris. Details, full speaker information and registration at: wecaninternational.org/pages/wecan-cop21

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About The Women's Earth & Climate Action Network (WECAN International)

www.wecaninternational.org

@WECAN_INTL

The Women’s Earth and Climate Action Network (WECAN International) is a solutions-based, multi-faceted effort established to engage women worldwide as powerful stakeholders in climate change, climate justice, and sustainability solutions. Recent work includes the International Women’s Earth and Climate Summit, Women’s Climate Declaration, and WECAN Women’s Climate Action Agenda. International climate advocacy is complemented with on-the-ground programs such as the Women’s for Forests and Fossil Fuel/Mining/Mega Dam Resistance, US Women’s Climate Justice Initiative, and Regional Climate Solutions Trainings in the Middle East North Africa region, Latin America, and Democratic Republic of Congo. WECAN International was founded in 2013 as a project of the 501(c)3Women’s Earth and Climate Caucus (WECC) organization and its partner eraGlobal Alliance.

Press Release - COP21 Mobilization Plans Announced by the Women’s Earth and Climate Action Network

October 22, 2015

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Media Contact:

Emily Arasim

Communications Coordinator

Women’s Earth & Climate Action Network

+1 (505) 920-0153

emily@wecaninternational.org

COP21 Mobilization Plans Announced by theWomen’s Earth and Climate Action Network

SAN FRANCISCO, Calif., October 22, 2015 – This December 2015 world governments will gather in Paris, France for the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) COP21 climate negotiations, where they will work to finalize an international climate agreement with profound implications for our global trajectory and the health of people and planet.

The Women’s Earth and Climate Action Network (WECAN International) will be on the ground in Paris during COP21 climate negotiations, standing foraction plans and policies that are in line with the magnitude of the global climate crisis, and which foster justice for women, the Earth, and all of its peoples.

The organization will advocate for climate justice and women’s leadership inside COP21 as part of the Women and Gender Constituency, and will lead and participate in diverse civil society events and direct actions outside of the formal negotiationprocess.

On Monday December 7th, WECAN International will present ‘Women Leading Solutions on the Frontlines of Climate Change – Paris’, an extraordinary afternoon and evening with worldwide women leaders joined in solidarity to speak out against environmental and social injustice, draw attention to root causes of the climate crisis, and present the diverse array of visions and strategies with which they are working to shape a healthy and equitable world.

‘Women Leading Solutions’ will be held from 1:00 – 6:30 pm at the Paris Marriott Opera Ambassador Hotel, 16 Boulevard Haussmann 75009 Paris.

On December 4th and 5th, WECAN will participate in the International Rights of Nature Tribunal, a gathering of internationally renowned lawyers and leaders for planetary justice, who will hear cases addressing issues such as climate change, GMOs, fracking, extractive industries and other environmental violations. The Tribunal, presented by the Global Alliance for the Rights of Nature, will offer judgments and recommendations for the Earth’s protection and restoration based on the Universal Declaration of the Rights of Mother Earth.

WECAN International serves on the Steering Committee for the Global Alliance for the Rights of Nature and WECAN's Executive Director, Osprey Orielle Lake, will serve as thelead tribunal judge for the climate change case.

As part of COP21 advocacy work, WECAN International will share and mobilize for action as laid out in the Women’s Climate Action Agenda, and will present the Women’s Climate Declaration and signatures directly to world governments. An aggregate of over 10 million signatures have been collected thus far as part of the Movement to Action Campaign.

“The window of opportunity for acting on climate change will not be open for long – making this likely the most critical climate negotiations of our times,” explained Osprey Orielle Lake, co-Founder and Executive Director of WECAN International, “Across the globe, women are facing the effects of a changing climate on a daily basis, and are risking their lives in defense of their communities and the Earth – however their voices have been repeatedly excluded from international climate policy making. During COP21 this December, WECAN International and allies will be mobilizing ceaselessly to raise up women’s experiences and insights, expose false climate solutions, and demonstrate to world governments that the time has come to listen to women’s calls for climate justice.”

‘Women Leading Solutions on the Frontlines of Climate Change- Paris’ and the International Rights of Nature Tribunal are free and open to the public. Details and registration information are available at:wecaninternational.org/pages/wecan-cop21

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About The Women's Earth & Climate Action Network (WECAN International)

www.wecaninternational.org

@WECAN_INTL

The Women’s Earth and Climate Action Network (WECAN International) is a solutions-based, multi-faceted effort established to engage women worldwide as powerful stakeholders in climate change, climate justice, and sustainability solutions. Recent work includes the 2013 International Women’s Earth and Climate Summit, Women’s Climate Declaration, and WECAN Women’s Climate Action Agenda. International climate advocacy is complemented with on-the-ground programs such as the Women’s for Forests and Fossil Fuel/Mining/Mega Dam Resistance, US Women’s Climate Justice Initiative, and Regional Climate Solutions Trainings in the Middle East North Africa region, Latin America, and Democratic Republic of Congo. WECAN International was founded in 2013 as a project of the 501(c)3Women’s Earth and Climate Caucus (WECC) organization and its partner eraGlobal Alliance.

Press Release - From 50 Countries Worldwide, Women Rise Up For Global Women’s Climate Justice Day of Action

October 01, 2015

  

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

 

Media Contact:

Emily Arasim

Communications Coordinator

Women’s Earth & Climate Action Network

+1 (505) 920-0153

emily@wecaninternational.org

From 50 Countries Worldwide, Women Rise Up For Global Women’s Climate Justice Day of Action

SAN FRANCISCO, Calif., October 1, 2015 – On Tuesday, September 29th, 2015 women from fifty countries around the world took action for climate justice, gender equality, bold climate policies and transformative solutions as part of the Global Women’s Climate Justice Day of Action organized by the Women’s Earth and Climate Action Network (WECAN International).

From Sudan to the Philippines, from Ecuador to France, women raised their voices collectively to show resistance to social and environmental injustice and to present their solutions and demands for a healthy, livable planet.

In Port Harcourt, Nigeria women organized the ‘African Women Uniting for Energy, Food, & Climate Justice Exchange’, during which they shared struggles and solutions around oil extraction in the Niger delta and led a march through the city. In Swaziland, women united to sign the Women’s Climate Declaration and dialogue about why women experience disproportionate climate impacts and what can be done to address this injustice.

In Scotland, women collected trash from the beach and ocean to create an art installation highlighting the plight of threatened Arctic ecosystems. In Odisha, India, women united to speak out against deforestation fueled by the mining industry, taking direct action by planting trees and writing a memorandum to local government officials calling for communitywide reforestation programs led by women. Many worldwide participants voiced their demands for their governments to keep fossil fuels in the ground and immediately finance a just transition to 100% renewable energy.

Action recaps, photos, and statements from worldwide participants have been compiled on a central Day of Action gallery, from which they are being shared and amplified across the globe.

While women held decentralized actions in their communities, WECAN International convened a September 29th hub event, ‘Women Speak: Climate Justice on the Road to Paris & Beyond’ at the United Nations Church Center in New York City, directly across the street from where world leaders gathered for the annual United Nations General Assembly.

The event featured presentations and declarations of action by outstanding leaders including Indigenous activist and Greenpeace Canada campaigner Melina Laboucan-Massismo, May Boeve of 350.org, Jacqui Patterson of the NAACP, Patricia Gualinga, Kichwa leader of Sarayaku Ecuador, Thilmeeza Hussein of Voice of Women Maldives, and a special video message from Mary Robinson, former President of Ireland and President of the Mary Robinson Foundation-Climate Justice. The event concluded with a historic announcement and presentation of the 'Indigenous Women of the North and South - Defend Mother Earth Treaty Compact 2015'.

As the day drew to a close, WECAN International and allies united for a direct action outside of the United Nations Headquarters.

"Women around the world are well aware that what is happening in the 'halls of power' is not nearly enough given the degree of climate crisis that we face and the injustices and impacts felt by women on the frontlines across the globe,” explained Osprey Orielle Lake, Founder and Executive Director of the Women’s Earth and Climate Action Network, “On September 29th, women across the world mobilized for bold, transformative climate change solutions and demonstrated the strength, diversity, and vitality of the women’s movement for climate justice. Women have always been on the frontlines of climate change, and now we are taking action to make sure that our voices and decision-making power are at the forefront as well. The stories, struggles, and solutions shared as part of the Global Women’s Climate Justice Day of Action will be carried forward to COP21 in Paris and beyond.”

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About The Women's Earth & Climate Action Network (WECAN International)

www.wecaninternational.org

@WECAN_INTL

The Women’s Earth and Climate Action Network (WECAN International) is a solutions-based, multi-faceted effort established to engage women worldwide as powerful stakeholders in climate change, climate justice, and sustainability solutions. Recent work includes the 2013 International Women’s Earth and Climate Summit, Women’s Climate Declaration, and WECAN Women’s Climate Action Agenda. International climate advocacy is complemented with on-the-ground programs such as the Women’s for Forests and Fossil Fuel/Mining/Mega Dam Resistance, US Women’s Climate Justice Initiative, and Regional Climate Solutions Trainings in the Middle East North Africa region, Latin America, and Democratic Republic of Congo. WECAN International was founded in 2013 as a project of the 501(c)3Women’s Earth and Climate Caucus (WECC) organization and its partner eraGlobal Alliance.

We Can Act Now, We Must Act Now: WECAN Newsletter June 2015

July 28, 2015

For the Earth and Future Generations 

For the Earth and Future Generations
WECAN International Newsletter
June 11, 2015
Dear Friends and Allies, 
 
We can act now and we must act now. This has always been a guiding principle for the Women's Earth and Climate Action Network (WECAN International), but in recent months we have begun to feel the heat with ever greater intensity. World governments are meeting in Paris for the UN COP21 in six short months, working to finalize a climate agreement that will effect our global trajectory in a profound way. As a network of international Climate Women, there has never been a more important moment to raise our voices and mobilize for just, equitable, and transformational change.
 
This newsletter provides a glimpse into WECAN International's efforts to foster climate justice, women's leadership, and respect for the Earth's ecosystems at this critical time, both in policy circles and on-the-ground with women and frontline communities worldwide. From Climate Solutions Trainings in the DR Congo and Middle East/North Africa region, to advocacy work with Indigenous allies in Latin America, and efforts to create a collective voice and action network of U.S women through our new 'U.S. Women's Climate Justice Initiative', we are amping up our efforts and invite your ongoing participation.

Celebrating Mother's Day by Defending and Protecting our Mother Earth

July 28, 2015
The Women's Earth and Climate Action Network (WECAN)
Invites you to a series of Education and Advocacy On-Line Tranings for Women in the US Mobilizing for Climate Justice

 
 
 
 
 

 

Dear Friends and Allies,

In celebration of Mother's Day, we are holding close to our hearts, all the amazing and courageous Mothers worldwide who are caring for the upcoming generation amongst increasing challenges in our economic and ecologic systems. At WECAN, we are working everyday in our advocacy programs and projects to usher in a future of hope and well-being for Mother Earth and the next generations.  We are working in solidarity with women around the world to defend and protect our waters, our air, our forests, our oceans, our seeds, and the very web of life.

Renewing and deepening our relationship with Mother Earth and our communities empowers us to act with great strength and passion.

WECAN Women Rising on International Women's Day

April 08, 2015
From the WECAN Team
Dear Friends and Allies, 
 

Today, as we celebrate International Women's Day, we reflect with great appreciation and respect upon the countless women leaders rising up worldwide in defense of the Earth and their communities. We recognize the immense challenges ahead and renew our commitment to amplifying women's voices and leadership in climate justice and solutions.

 

For the Women's Earth and Climate Action Network, 2015 has already proven to be a year of great change and opportunity. We began this year in the Democratic Republic of  Congo where we held an online training session, bringing together diverse participants to create an action plan for protection of the Itombwe rainforest and the Indigenous people who live there. In February, we gathered with thousands at the largest anti-fracking march in US history, calling for a ban on fracking in the state of California.

 

Read on for details surrounding our recent mobilizing efforts, profiles of women working on the front lines, and information on how to join women mobilizing for climate justice in the USA through our new national organizing calls. Sign up to join the calls here.

 


For the Earth and Future Generations WECAN International/WECC Newsletter December 29, 2014

February 19, 2015
In This Issue

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    Climate Women in Action: WECAN In Lima During COP20
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    Bianca Jagger of the Bianca Jagger Human Rights Foundation at WECAN event in Lima.
    Casey Camp-Horinek, Ponca Nation leader & Indigenous Environmental Network representative at Lima Tribunal.

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    UN Special Envoy on Climate Change, Mary Robinson, speaks with Gloria Ushingua and Rosa Elvira Gualinga Chuji Guainga of Ecuador.
    WECAN Executive Director, Osprey Orielle Lake, and Carmen Capriles, founder o
    Reacción Climática, Bolivia,  
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    International Women Leaders Advocate for Climate Justice during the UNFCCC COP20 in Lima, Peru

    February 19, 2015
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    The Women's Earth and Climate Action Network (WECAN International) is on the ground in Lima, Peru this week, working to strengthen the voice of women and advocate for climate justice during the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) 20th Session of the Conference of the Parties (COP20).