U.S Women's Climate Justice Initiative
PURPOSE: to create a collective voice, action base and movement of women from across the United States concerning climate justice and demanding action on climate change.
FOCUS AREAS: 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
Download, read and share the Women's Climate Action Agenda - a powerful action and advocacy tool for use in your community
Participate in WECAN events and submit your own event information on our Climate Women Events Calendar
2016 EDUCATION & ADVOCACY TRAINING SCHEDULE:
- March 16, 2016 - Health and Climate Change: What Is At Stake, What Can Be Done?
FEATURING: Sylvia Hood Washington (Engineer, community organizer, Advisor to the Environmental Justice Advisory Board of the Illinois EPA and Editor in Chief of the Environmental Justice Journal), Pramilla Malick (Protect Orange County and Stop the Minisink Compressor Station), Cherri Foytlin (Idle No More Gulf Coast and the Mothers Project) and Perry Sheffield (Environmental Pediatrician and Public Health professional) - Click here for full Health & Climate training recap blog
- April 5, 2016 - Direct Action and Non-Violent Civil Disobedience: Tools For Your Advocacy Work
FEATURING: Marla Marcum (Climate Disobedience Center), Molly Dorozenski (Greenpeace USA), Sharon Lungo (Ruckus Society) - Click here for a full Direct Action training recap blog
- April 27, 2016 - Rights of Nature: Protecting and Defending the Places We Live (with a focus on keeping fossil fuels in the ground)
FEATURING: Shannon Biggs (Movement Rights) and Osprey Orielle Lake (WECAN International) - Click here for a full Rights of Nature training recap blog
- May 4, 2016 - Women for 100% Renewable Energy: From Installation to Advocacy
FEATURING: Wahleah Johns (Black Mesa Water Coalition), Diane Moss (Renewables 100 Policy Institute), Lynn Benander (Co-Op Power) - click here for full speaker biographies and training description.
To join a training, connect via phone call or internet using the directions below.
- Join via your computer, tablet or smart phone internet connection:
- Or join by phone: +1 646 558 8656 (US Toll) or +1 408 638 0968 (US Toll)
NETWORK UPDATE & ORGANIZING CALLS FOR U.S & INTERNATIONAL ALLIES:
Check back for upcoming call information as it is announced
LEARN ABOUT PAST US WOMEN'S CLIMATE JUSTICE INITIATIVE TRAININGS:
- 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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