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.
WECAN 2017 ONLINE EDUCATION & ADVOCACY TRAININGS
All training calls are free and open to the public - they will be held online on Zoom, a free program similar to Skype!
Call-in instructions at the bottom of the page.
May 24, 2017 - Reclaiming Our Democracy: Resistance and Renewal
May 24, 2017 at 11:00 am PT/ 2:00 pm ET for 90 minutes
With remarkable diversity and great strength, women are standing to lead movements to protect and defend people and planet, calling for systemic change and justice on the issues that we know are inseparable - from gender justice to Indigenous rights, from racial justice to immigrant rights, from climate change to economic inequality. This moment in history demands that we unite across borders and experiences, and take our collective efforts to another level as we work towards a healthy and just planet in the face of oppressive and dangerous political landscapes. The next years require very strategic planning, action and solidarity at every turn, and we must strengthen and grow webs of action, resistance and hope across the country and the world.
In this context, we invite allies to join us for a free, online WECAN Education and Advocacy training, 'Reclaiming Our Democracy: Resistance and Renewal', featuring powerful women leaders who will share strategic analysis; roadmaps for reclaiming our democracy; thoughts on how best to organize in this current political moment; tips on how we can make a difference in the decisions made by our government; and much, much more. This training will focus on the U.S. context, processes and examples, however international allies are welcome to participate.
Speakers to date include: Cindy Weisner (Grassroots Global Justice Alliance); A'shanti Gholar (Emerge America); and Liz Van Cleve (Project Indivisible).
June 14, 2017 - Women for Soils:
Healthy Soils, Restorative Small-Scale Farming and Carbon Sequestration
June 14, 2017 at 11:00 am PT/ 2:00 pm ET for 120 minutes
Since the rise of industrial agriculture, global food production has become one of the top sources of fossil fuel emissions, diversity loss, habitat erosion, pollution and subsequent climate change impacts. However while chemical agriculture pushes us towards climate crisis - small-scale, agro-ecologic farmers are standing up to remind us that healthy soil, diverse seeds and strong farming communities are in fact an essential solution to cool the planet and feed the world in a just and sustainable manner. As La Via Campesina points out, “policies for sustainable agriculture on a small-scale can not only reduce emissions from industrial agriculture, but can in fact contribute to carbon sequestration in the soil, and through the preservation of native forests and biodiversity.”
In countries around the world, women, who produce 60-80% of all food in developing nations, are rising to protect their soil, seeds, lands and livelihoods. In this training we will explore women leading movements for healthy soils and regenerative farming and the role of soils in climate solutions, while also understanding that farming land cannot become a carbon offset mechanism for managing the climate crisis. Presenters will discuss women farmers, agro-ecology, peasant farming, and carbon sequestration as part of the solution to the climate crisis, while highlighting farmers’ rights, food sovereignty and ecosystem integrity.
Speakers to date include: Precious Phiri (Regeneration International, Zimbabwe); Diana Donlon (Center for Food Safety, USA); Elizabeth Mpofu (La Via Campesina, Zimbabwe); and Calla Rose Ostrander (Independent consultant dedicated to helping balance Earth's carbon cycles, USA).
July 12, 2017 - Rights of Nature: Protecting and Defending the Places We Live
July 12, 2017 at 11:00 am PT/ 2:00 pm ET for 90 minutes
During this training we will explore the paradigm-shifting work of Rights of Nature, and explain how this transformative legal framework is already being used around the world to challenge legal systems based on dominion over and exploitation of the Earth, and instead usher in a legal, social, political and economic framework based upon the inherent rights and natural laws of the Earth’s living systems. We will delve into examples of how U.S. and international communities are successfully enacting local Rights of Nature legislation as a tool to protect ecosystems, their communities and just climate solutions. Presenters will also share stories of the growing global movement for the Rights of Nature and the dynamic Rights of Nature Tribunals that have been held in countries worldwide.
Speakers include: Shannon Biggs (Movement Rights); and Osprey Orielle Lake (WECAN International). CLICK HERE FOR FULL SPEAKER BIOS.
May 11 & 12, 2017 (special event not online)
Women and Renewable Energy at the 2017 100% Renewable Energy Conference in Los Angeles
The Women's Earth and Climate Action Network will host a 'Women and Renewable Energy', special session at the 2017 100% Renewable Energy Conference in Los Angeles (not presented online). During this presentation, women leaders will share their on the ground efforts nationally and internationally for a just transition to renewable energy.
HOW TO PARTICIPATE IN ALL WECAN TRAININGS: 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
Women's March on Washington D.C - Photo by Emily Arasim
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
Join International and US Women's Climate Justice Initiative Update & Organizing Calls
Download, read and share the Women's Climate Action Agenda - a powerful action and advocacy tool for use in your community
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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