U.S Women's Climate Justice Initiative
PURPOSE: to create a collective voice, action base and movement of women from across the United States calling for immediate action for climate justice and protection of our waters, forests, air and communities.
WOMEN FOR CLIMATE JUSTICE CONTINGENT AT THE WOMEN'S MARCH ON WASHINGTON - JAN 21, 2017
Women for Climate Justice Contingent Meet-Up in Washington (Day of March): 9:00 AM meet up at the Holiday Inn - Capitol Hill (550 C St SW); the March begins at 10am at the intersection of Independence Ave and Third St SW. Click here to register to march with us. Click here to follow the Facebook event page for updates.
Sign-making: On Friday, January 20th from 5PM – 9PM, the Sierra Club will host a space for sign-making and organizing the night before the march (pizza and refreshments will be provided). Location: Sierra Club DC office, 50 F St NW, Suite 800, Washington, DC 20001 Please share with friends and RSVP here.
Background: On January 21, 2017, the day after the U.S. presidential inauguration, thousands of women will gather for a massive ‘Women’s March on Washington’ in the nations capital, and in cities across the country. The Women’s Earth and Climate Action Network will be on the ground marching in Washington, and is thrilled to be part of a diverse coalition of women’s groups, climate justice organization and allies, organizing together to form a ‘Women for Climate Justice’ contingent at the march.
We will be sending a clear message to the new U.S. Administration that, as women who stand on the frontlines of climate change across the U.S. and across the world, we are gravely concerned about the impacts of climate change, and the implications of a U.S. Administration that promotes climate skepticism, advancement of fossil fuels, an extractive economy, environmental racism, bigotry and inequitable treatment of women and girls.
We will march to reject the rule of the fossil fuel industry and demand that the U.S. government immediately work toward a just transition to a renewable energy future. We stand as women for climate justice and march for and demand full respect for climate science and immediate action on solutions to this global crisis with a particular focus on Indigenous and low-income communites and communites of color. We want our children and all future generations to live in a healthy, just and thriving world.
Allies marching in Sister Marches across the country are encouraged to use the materials below to organize as Women for Climate Jusitce locally!
- Click here to register to join the Women for Climate Justice contingent at the Washington D.C march
- Click here to join the Women for Climate Jusitice Contingent Facebook Page for updates
- Click here to download a Contingent Toolkit with messaging suggestions, chants and sign ideas and much more!
- Click here to learn more about Sister Marches happening across the country on January 21st
- January 25th, 2017 - WECAN Networkwide Organizing Call - New Year Solidarity and Action Update
10:00 am Pacific Time / 18:00 UTC (please check your own time zone to coordinate)
Call in details below
How to Participate in all WECAN Calls: Conference calls will be hosted on Zoom, a free program similar to Skype. To join, please use the instructions below to dial in by phone, or download the free Zoom application and join via internet. If you can join by internet, that is preferable.
- Join via your computer, tablet or smart phone internet connection:
- Or join by phone: +1 408 638 0968 (US Toll) or +1 646 558 8656 (US Toll)
Meeting ID: 415 415 2016
FOCUS AREAS FOR THE WECAN U.S. WOMEN'S CLIMATE JUSTICE INITIATIVE: Frontline and Indigenous communities, women’s empowerment, health and climate change, fracking, tar sands extraction both in the U.S. and Canada, pipeline infrastructure, transition to a just and clean energy future, violence against women/violence against the earth, price on carbon, divest/invest, sustainable businesses, 100% renewable energy, climate justice, power of women’s votes, localization, consumption patterns, ecological economics, community rights and rights of nature, developing new cultural narratives, local farming, connection to nature, impacts of Global North on Global South, 2015 UN climate negotiations, movement building, and long-term systematic analysis.
HOW TO GET INVOLVED:
- Join the WECAN network - sign up here to recieve WECAN newsletters, updates and other calls to action
- Participate in our free online Education and Advocacy Trainings for Women in the U.S. Mobilizing for Climate Justice - schedule below
Join International and US Women's Climate Justice Initiative Update & Organizing Calls - schedule below
Download, read and share the Women's Climate Action Agenda - a powerful action and advocacy tool for use in your community
2017 EDUCATION & ADVOCACY TRAINING SCHEDULE - Check back soon!
LEARN ABOUT PAST U.S. WOMEN'S CLIMATE JUSTICE INITIATIVE TRAININGS:
- Bringing Power to the People: Women for 100% Renewable Energy, 2016 WECAN Training Recap
- Uplifting Rights of Nature to Protect Our Living Earth: 2016 WECAN Training Recap
- Direct Action and Non-Violent Civil Disobedience: Tools for Your Advocacy Work 2016 WECAN Training Recap
- Health and Climate Change: What Is At Stake, What Can Be Done? 2016 Training Recap
- 'We Are All Solar Sisters: Women for 100% Renewable Energy Training Recap'
- 'For Our Children & All Generations: Health & Climate Training Recap Day One'
- 'Health & Climate: Changing the Narrative - Training Recap Day Two'
- 'Resistance & Solutions: Women on the Frontlines Training Recap'
- 'Rights of Nature & Community Rights Training Resources'
BACKGROUND: It is internationally recognized that women are absolutely critical to implementing climate change and sustainability solutions, yet women need more prominent spaces and mechanisms to marshal their united efforts and involvement into a clear and defined movement. WECAN, along with allies across the US, is supporting this movement.
Our work is based on a climate justice perspective. We must take into account that women are disproportionately impacted by climate change and environmental degradation, and Indigenous women, women of color, women from low-income communities bear a heavier burden from the impacts of climate change.
In the US, studies show that more women believe in the science of climate change then men, and are more likely to act upon it. Women in the US vote more and give more of their philanthropic dollars to environmental issues. Women in North America determine 80 per cent of all consumer purchases. Imagine how that market power could be mobilized to significantly reduce carbon emissions through purchasing choices, including eliminating fossil fuel purchases. Imagine women demanding a change away from endless economic growth models and from current consumption patterns that are destroying our Earth.
For all these reasons and more we invite you to participate with us at this critical time.
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