Take Action With The Women’s Earth and Climate Action Network In Response To The September 2018 Global Climate Action Summit
This September 2018, policymakers from across the U.S. and around the world will gather in San Francisco, California, for the Global Climate Action Summit (GCAS), called by California Governor Jerry Brown to encourage more action to achieve the aims of the Paris Climate Accord.
The global movement for climate justice will also engage with a strong presence and fierce voice for justice, to hold actions and events, and to collectively organize during the GCAS. The global climate movement will be working to expose greenwashing and false solutions, including policies of Governor Brown and other government officials - as well as to support and demonstrate effective community-based solutions that center social and ecologic justice. We will call for real climate leadership that breaks free from the fossil fuel industry, and ensure that the voices of those most marginalized and impacted by climate disruption and extractive economies are heard within the high-level forums that will take place during GCAS.
The Women’s Earth and Climate Action Network (WECAN) International, will be on the ground in-action and in solidarity with diverse allies from the global movement for climate justice throughout the week leading up to and during the Global Climate Action Summit.
Please join us for our September 11th public forum - ‘Women's Assembly for Climate Justice: Women Leading Solutions on the Frontlines of Climate Change - and march with us on September 8th as part of ‘Women For Climate Justice Contingents’ in San Francisco, or in your home community!
More details can be found below - and more information will continue to be added to this page as event and action details are finalized.
September 11th - Women's Assembly for Climate Justice:
Women Leading Solutions on the Frontlines of Climate Change
All are invited to join WECAN International on Tuesday September 11th, 2018, for the ‘Women's Assembly for Climate Justice: Women Leading Solutions on the Frontlines of Climate Change’.
This free, public event will be held on Tuesday September 11th
from 1:00 to 8:30 pm
at The Green Room, 401 Van Ness Ave,
San Francisco, CA 94102
For those not in California, the event will be LIVESTREAMED
via the WECAN International Facebook page.
Please click here to RSVP to attend the Assembly (encouraged by not required)
‘Women's Assembly for Climate Justice: Women Leading Solutions on the Frontlines of Climate Change’, will be an extraordinary gathering of women leaders from across the United States and around the world, 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.
International advocates, grassroots, Indigenous, and frontline women leaders, and policy-makers, will discuss topics including the intersectionality of gender and environment; Indigenous rights; the just transition; women and forest protection and regeneration; fossil fuel resistance efforts; women and agro-ecology/soils; environmental racism; and women’s leadership and calls for action within a climate justice framework.
This dynamic public Forum is to be presented the day before the Global Climate Action Summit (GCAS) in California. A list of key calls to action from the WECAN Forum will be presented to the leadership of the GCAS the following day.
- Her Excellency President Hilda C. Heine - President of the Republic of the Marshall Islands
- Casey Camp Horinek - (Ponca) Ponca Nation Council-Woman, WECAN Advisory Council Member
- Gloria Ushigua - (Sápara) President of the Association of Sápara Women, Ecuador
- Kandi Mossett - (Mandan, Hidatsa, Arikara) Lead Organizer on the Extreme Energy & Just Transition Campaign with the Indigenous Environmental Network
- Pennie Opal Plant - (Yaqui, Mexican, English, Dutch, Choctaw, Cherokee and Algonquin) Founding Member, Idle No More SF Bay and Movement Rights
- Jacqui Patterson - Director of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) Environmental and Climate Justice Program
- Michelle Cook - (Diné) Human rights lawyer, Founder and Co-Director of the Divest, Invest, Protect campaign
- Neema Namadamu - Founder of SAFECO; and Women's Earth and Climate Action Network Regional Coordinator in the Democratic Republic of Congo
- Karina Gonzalez - (Xicana) Youth climate leader, Forest and Finance Campaigner at Friends of the Earth, and WECAN Women Speak Program Coordinator
- Representative from the Grassroots Global Justice Alliance
- Osprey Orielle Lake - Founder and Executive Director of the Women's Earth and Climate Action Network
- Representative Barbara Lee (*to be confirmed) - U.S. Representative For California's 13th Congressional District
- Honorable Mary Robinson (*to be confirmed) - President of the Mary Robinson Foundation-Climate Justice, former President of Ireland
- More outstanding speakers, to be announced!
September 8th- March With Us! 'Women For Climate Justice'
Contingents at 'Rise For Climate, Jobs, Justice'
Women, girls, and allies are invited to join a diverse coalition of women’s groups, climate justice organizations, and others, to organize and march together as a part of 'RISE for Climate, Jobs and Justice' - the 2018 People's Climate Movement March.
A 'Women For Climate Justice' contingent will take action at the march in San Francisco, California - and everyone is also encouraged to organize independently as 'Women for Climate Justice' in home regions across the U.S. and around the world!
This march is taking place in the context of years and decades of strategic organizing by many climate, Indigenous, labour, racial justice and other social movement leaders; and is being called in part in response to the Global Climate Action Summit, taking place in San Francisco in September 2018. The march also comes roughly two months before U.S. mid-term elections, making it an important moment for many to demonstrate commitment to voting as part of their dedication to stopping extraction and defending the planet and all communities.
Allies in the Bay Area, California are also invited to join us for a
Women For Climate Justice ART BUILD on July 21 in advance of the march - art build details here
** Check back for updates about the Women For Climate Justice Contingent in San Francisco - as well as resources for allies organizing locally.
** Learn more about actions in the Bay Area, California and worldwide at riseforclimate.org.
As 'Women for Climate Justice' Contingents in San Francisco and around the world, we will be sending a clear message that as women, many of who stand on the frontlines of climate change across the U.S. and around the world, we are gravely concerned about the impacts of climate change, and the implications of administrations and government officials that promote advancement of fossil fuels, extractive economies, climate skepticism, environmental racism, bigotry and inequitable treatment of women and frontline, Indigenous and marginalized communities. No to sacrifice zones! We will raise our voices to demonstrate women's power to build just climate solutions - and take a stand for for all future generations to live in a healthy, just and thriving world.
QUESTIONS about WECAN International organizing around the September 2018 People’s Climate March and GCAS may be directed to firstname.lastname@example.org.