WECAN at the People's Climate March & Climate Week 2014: Events and Wall of Women Action!
This September 2014, top international politicians, business figures, and activists will gather in New York City for the UN Climate Leadership Summit, a foundational meeting called by Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon in preparation for the 2014 and 2015 UN Climate Negotiations. In the days preceding this crucial assembly, civil society organizations worldwide, including WECAN International, will be leading a variety of events and actions, demanding that global leaders end years of stagnation, coming to the table with innovative proposals and the collective and political will to make clear, concrete commitments to climate action.
Meet- Up Location for Women at the People's Climate March Contingent :
68th Street & Central Park West
Enter via 72nd St between 9 & 10:30 am
Meet under the 'Women for Climate Justice’ banner
It is important to arrive before 10:30 to march in this contingent
More info will be available on the Women at the People's Climate March Facebook group: facebook.com/groups/pcmwomen/
Release of the Women's Climate Action Agenda. Advocate with us; help us share it far and wide in your networks. The Action Agenda is available for download here.
WECAN delegation of women to participate in the People's Climate March on September 21st. March with us.
'Women Leading Solutions on the Front Lines of Climate Change' Event with outstanding women leaders September 22nd. Register here.
'Rights of Nature' Event with leaders from the Global Rights of Nature movement. Register here.
Global Wall of Women Actions. Unite with us. Create a Wall of Women in your local region on Sept. 21 or 22 and upload you action here.
Upcoming in 2015 : A call to women across the nation. WECAN U.S. Women's Earth and Climate Summit. For details please visit: wecaninternational.org/north-american-regional-convening.
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WECAN Events Calendar:
June 24 2014:
"Women's Climate Declaration Summer 2014 Signature Campaign" launch. Global. Sign our WECAN Women's Climate Declaration here: wecandeclaration.org
September 9 2014:
"Women's Climate Action Agenda" release. Global. Download the Action Agenda here and help us share it far and wide.
September 21 2014:
WECAN delegation at the 'People's Climate March', New York City, NY
"Wall of Women" Action, Global. Please see: wecaninternational.org/climate-march-2014-gallery
September 22 2014:
"Women Leading Solutions on the Front Lines of Climate Change" event. 1-3 pm, Church Center of the United Nations, New York City. Register here
"Wall of Women" Action, Global and NYC Church Center of the United Nations, 3pm.
September 23 2014:
“Women’s Climate Declaration" signatures presented to the UN Climate Leadership Summit in partnerships with the Global Call for Climate Action.
"Rights of Nature and Systemic Change in Climate Solutions" event in partnership with the Global Alliance for the Rights of Nature. 2:15-3pm. UN Church Center, New York City, NY. Register here
WECAN Event Details:
WECAN Women's Climate Action Agenda Release
We begin our week of action on Sept. 9 with the release of the 'WECAN Women's Climate Action Agenda', drafted by over 100 women leaders during our Women's Earth and Climate Summit in September 2013. The Action Agenda analyzes the root causes of the environmental destruction and social injustice which today threaten people and planet in an unprecedented way, ultimately presenting powerful recommendations and alternative solutions to the climate crisis. The Agenda contextualizes why transformative change is necessary, articulates what must be done, and provides clear means for doing so, leaving no room for inaction as world leaders enter into Climate Negotiations this year. The Agenda will be posted on our Home Page on Septemer 9th for distribution.
The People's Climate March
On Sept. 21, delegation representing WECAN will take to the streets, joining thousands of allies in raising our voices at the 'People's Climate March'. Soon to be the largest climate march in history, the Peoples Climate March seeks to "bend the course of history", drawing global attention and exerting direct pressure on attendees of the UN Climate Summit. We encourage everyone who is able to march with us on this momentous day as we mobilize for the rights of women, indigenous peoples, nature, and future generations. If you are unable to be in New York, there are many important ways to mobilize in your own community.
Wall of Women Action
On Sept. 21 and 22, WECAN International will also hold a Wall of Women Action. We ask participants to join in demonstration, creating a physical manifestation of the Web of Life and a symbolic wall of protection representing our role as guardians the Earth and advocates for the rights of our communities and of nature.
Allies across the globe unable to attend the action in New York are encouraged to come together on this day, documenting their actions via photo. We are asking participants to create a wall (stand in a line) and hold signs about their local climate issues/solutions and/or messages to world leaders about the need for immediate climate action. If applicable, please also hold signs with your organizational logo and the WECAN logo as a unifying symbol.
Add your photos and statements to the movement by submitting directly to our webportal (wecaninternational.org/climate-march-2014-gallery) or via email to firstname.lastname@example.org. We will be posting your photos onto a dedicated webpage and our social media channels, however we also encourage you to post them via your personal social media streams using the tags #WECAN_INTL, #ClimateWomen, and #WallofWomen.
Women Leading Solutions on the Front lines of Climate Change
On Sept. 22, WECAN International will host ‘Women Leading Solutions on the Front Lines of Climate Change’, an extraordinary afternoon of women leaders joined in solidarity to speak out against activities and policies that threaten the environment, our communities, and the very future of life as we know it. Presentations will highlight the role of women worldwide as innovators and agents of change, and explore means of strengthening the network of women leaders who are on the frontline of the transition to a just and sustainable future. WECAN's newly released Women's Climate Action Agenda will be shared and discussed at the event, to be held at the UN Church Center in New York City from 1:00 to 3:00pm. The event is free and open to the public, however due to security concerns, registration is required. Register here
Jody Williams (Nobel Laureate)
Crystal Lameman (Beaver Lake Cree Nation, Treaty 6, Canada; Sierra Club Canada)
Patricia Gualinga (Kichwa leader; Sarayaku, Ecuador)
Casey Camp-Horinek (Ponca Nation, Actress, Indigenous Environmental Network)
Angelina Galiteva (100% Renewables Policy Institute)
Osprey Orielle Lake (Women’s Earth and Climate Action Network)
Sally Ranney (Women’s Earth and Climate Action Network
Dr. Fatimata Niang Diop (UNDESERT and ARLOMON- Local Trees for a Better World, Senegal)
Immediately following 'Women Leading Solutions' on Sept. 22nd, WECAN International leaders and allies will convene for the second day of the 'Wall of Women' action. For details see: wecaninternational.org/pages/climate-march-2014-gallery
Rights of Nature
On Sept. 23rd, WECAN International and the Global Alliance for the Rights of Nature will host an afternoon panel and strategy session on the ‘Rights of Nature and Systemic Change in Climate Solutions’ from 2:15-3 pm at the Church Center of the United Nations. The event is founded with the conviction that modern legal systems have failed to adequately address environmental and social degradation, and that a new paradigm which treats nature as a right-bearing entity is at the heart of genuine climate solutions. Panelists will provide an introduction to the Rights of Nature and discuss International Rights of Nature Ethics Tribunals, community applications of the Rights of Nature as a tool for protection and resiliency, and much more. This event is free and open to the public, however due to security concerns, registration is required. Register here
Pablo Solon (Focus on the Global South, former Bolivian Ambassador to the UN)
Tom Goldtooth (Indigenous Environment Network)
Linda Sheeha (Earth Law Center)
Shannon Biggs (Global Exchange)
Casey Camp-Horinek (Ponca Actress and Activist)
Gloria Ushigua (Associaiton of Sapara Women, Ecuador)
Osprey Orielle Lake (Womens Earth and Climate Action Network)
WECAN Declaration Signatures
To culminate Climate Week 2014, the signatures from the WECAN Women's Climate Declaration, along with thousands of other signatures collected by our partners at the Global Call for Climate Action, will be presented at the UN Summit. Please unite with us in sending a powerful message to world leaders by adding your signature and message at: wecandeclaration.org