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.
2017 ONLINE EDUCATION & ADVOCACY TRAININGS FOR WOMEN FOR CLIMATE JUSTICE
- May 24, 2017 - Reclaiming Our Democracy: Resistance and Renewal
- June 14, 2017 - Women for Soils: Healthy Soils, Restorative Farming and Carbon Sequestration
- July 12, 2017 - Rights of Nature: Protecting and Defending the Places We Live
- May 11 & 12, 2017 (special event not online) - Women and Renewable Energy at the 2017 100% Renewable Energy Conference in Los Angeles
All calls will be held online on Zoom, a free program similar to Skype.
Check back for call-in instructions, training details and speaker announcements!
WOMEN FOR CLIMATE JUSTICE AT THE PEOPLE'S CLIMATE MARCH - APRIL 29TH, 2017
Allies stand for climate justice at the International Climate March, Morocco 2016 - Photo by Emily Arasim/WECAN International
On April 29, 2017 - the Women's Earth and Climate Action Network (WECAN) will join a diverse coalition of women’s groups, climate justice organization and allies, organizing together to march as a Women for Climate Justice Contingent at the Peoples Climate March for Jobs, Justice and the Climate in Washington D.C., and in support of local marches across the country and world.
Building on the momentum of the 2014 Peoples Climate March, the 2017 Women's March on Washington, and the daily resistance and solutions of frontline leaders across the country - we will stand for the Earth and our global climate and communities. The March comes as the culmination of strong actions organized by the climate justice, immigrant and refugee rights, Indigenous sovereignty, Black Lives Matter and other intersectional movements over the first 100 days of the Trump Administration presidency and beyond.
Women stand strong at the Women's March on Washington 2017 - Photo by Emily Arasim/WECAN International
As a Women for Climate Justice Contingent, 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 new 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 want our children and all future generations to live in a healthy, just and thriving world - and we will rise ceaselessly to bring this world to fruition.
Allies who will be marching locally are encouraged to use the materials below to organize independently as Women for Climate Jusitce. Questions may be directed to email@example.com
Join WECAN and allies for a vital organizing call on March 1st and April 19th - call in-information below.
2017 Peoples Climate March WECAN Organizing Calls
March 1st AND April 19th at 11:00 am PST (please check your own time zone)
Call-in directions 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
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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