Women's Earth & Climate Action Network, International
The Women's Earth & Climate Action Network is a solutions-based, multi-faceted effort established to engage women worldwide to take action as powerful stakeholders in climate change and sustainability solutions. For Our Earth and Future Generations A project of Women's Earth and Climate Caucus and its partner eraGlobal Alliance

Who We Are

The Core Team  |  Advisory Council  |  US Steering Committee

The Core Team


Osprey Orielle Lake

OSPREY ORIELLE LAKE

Osprey is the Co-Founder and Executive Director of the Women's Earth & Climate Action Network. She is Founder and President of The Women's Earth and Climate Caucus (WECC) and works nationally and internationally to promote resilient communities and foster a post-carbon energy future, while also addressing societal transformation. She is Co-Chair of International Advocacy with the Global Alliance for the Rights Of Nature and is an advisor to the International Eco-Cities Framework and Standards Initiative. Osprey has developed a Resilient Community Training Program in California, teaching women skills in water conservation, energy efficiency in the home, and rights of nature advocacy to protect their communities. She designs the curriculum and co-teaches WECAN’s international climate trainings and directs WECAN’s advocacy work in areas such as Women for Forests program, Rights of Nature and UN Forums. She has served on the board of the Praxis Peace Institute and on the Steering Committee for The UN Women’s Major Group for the Rio+20 Earth Summit. Awards include the National Women’s History Project Honoree, Taking The Lead To Save Our Planet, and the Woman Of The Year Outstanding Achievement Award from the California Federation Of Business And Professional Women. She is the author of the award-winning book, Uprisings For The Earth: Reconnecting Culture with Nature.

Sally A. Ranney

SALLY A. RANNEY

Sally is Co-Director of WECAN and Founder/ President of eraGlobal Alliance. She has 30 years of professional national and international experience in land, water, energy, sustainability, and biodiversity policy and management. Currently President of American Renewable Energy Institute (AREI), Sally served as Co-Director of the Institute's AREDAY Summit for three years and was instrumental in designing and building the Summit into one of the most respected renewable energy conferences in the U.S. She is CEO of Stillwater Preservation LLC, a wetlands- mitigation banking company and serves as an Advisor to P4P Energy, an innovative solar energy company. A former Resource Policy Analyst for The Wilderness Society, Sally was appointed by President Reagan to serve on the President’s Commission on American Outdoors. Sally worked on the Clinton transition team, and created a youth conservation corps, which informed the framework for AmeriCorps. Sally is currently on the Advisory Board for The iMatter Campaign, an international youth-led climate change action campaign and was a founding board member of the Grand Canyon Trust, Lighthawk, and the Natural Step USA. Co-founder and President of American Wildlands, Sally developed Corridors of Life, the first large GIS mapping project undertaken by a U.S. NGO. She is a Patron of Nature for the IUCN, a moderator, and co-founder of A Matter of Degree Media.

WYOLAH GARDEN

Wyolah has been the Program Coordinator for the Women’s Earth and Climate Caucus (WECC) since its inception and is the Research Assistant and Office Manager for WECAN in San Francisco. Since 1986, she has been the Director of a California art service non-profit organization. A General Partner in a tax accounting firm, Kregar and Garden, for the last 17 years, she assists numerous non-profits in gaining their non-profit status and filing their annual tax returns.

Rosemary Olive Mbone Enie

ROSEMARY OLIVE MBONE ENIE

Rosemary Olive Mbone Enie is a Cameroonian Geologist and Gender Ambassador with the Gender and Water Alliance (GWA) of the Netherlands. She is the Founder/CEO and President of the Society for Women Empowerment Education and Training (SWEET) Africa Foundation and the Executive Director of Cameroon Vision Trust. For over 20 years she has been actively working in the field of sustainable development and environmental management at grassroots levels in Cameroon, Nigeria, Ghana, South Africa, Kenya, Liberia and beyond. WECC is working in partnership with Rosemary in her Directorship of the Women’s Environmental Climate Action Network in West Africa and in establishing the First Ladies Action on Climate Change (FLACC), Africa. Rosemary was instrumental in the renaming of the organization from IWECI to WECAN, which the entire WECAN team appreciates and celebrates!

Tamela Fish

TAMELA FISH

Tamela Fish is an advocate and technologist. She is Outreach Coordinator for The Women's Earth and Climate Action Network and Outreach Coordinator/Board Member of The Environmental Forum of Marin. Tamela has participated in a variety of non profit projects for over ten years including the IWECI/WECAN International Summit, locally focused sustainable education programs, neighborhood emergency committees, national political action groups, and local schools.

Emily Arasim

EMILY ARASIM

Emily Arasim serves as WECAN International's Communications Coordinator and Project Assistant. Emily holds a B.A in International Relations, with a background in international agricultural policy, youth community organizing, photo-journalism, and permaculture practices. When she is not working on material for WECAN, Emily is pursuing her dream of starting a network of native seed banks across the Southwestern United States and Latin American region.

FADOUA BROUR AND IMENE HADJER BOUCHAIR

WECAN Co-Coordinators of North African Region

FadouaFadoua Brour is a climate change Activist from Morocco. She is National Coordinator of “Arab Youth Climate Movement” and President Founder of “Moroccan Youth Climate Movement” a non-profit organization that works to create a generation-wide movement to solve the Climate Crisis and promote the role of youth and women in the sustainable development process.

Fadoua works on sustainable development and Climate Change issues across the MENA Region and Morocco in particular by organizing caravans, conferences, campaigns, Workshops and trainings in favor of Youth and women in order to build their capacities in terms of Sensitization, Mobilization and Leadership techniques and also the environmental advocacy process.

Her aim is to drive formal and informal climate and environmental education, building the capacity of local populations to understand the effects of climate change on their communities and to take action.

Imene Hadjer Bouchair is an Environmental Activist From Constantine, East Algeria. She has graduated with a Masters Degree in Environmental Engineering and is very active in social issues. She is Co-founder and member of many NGOs and networks in Algeria and abroad. Imene is the leader of the Regional Campaigns and Events planning team of the Arab Youth Climate Movement (AYCM). Imene believes Climate Change is a global issue that should be tackled as a priority in her region and asserts that women’s leadership in the Sustainable Development process is essential.

Neema Namadamu

NEEMA NAMADAMU

WECAN DR Congo Coordinator, Neema Namadamu lives in Eastern Congo.

Neema founded an NGO called ACOLDEMHA, to support women with disabilities to integrate into mainstream society. They support a team of fourteen women seamstresses with disabilities who make purses for U.S. based Shakoshi Imports. Neema became only the second girl from her tribe to graduate from University and served in Parliament. From there, she was appointed by the Minister of Gender and Family as Technical Advisor.

In 2011 Neema formed her own telecommunications company, Go Network, and obtained a nationwide licensing grant with spectrum for voice, internet, and three TV channels. Her goal is to connect rural areas of Congo to reach and join the mostly illiterate women to one another. In June of 2012 Neema was selected as one of three World Pulse journalists for their annual Live Tour of the U.S., where she spoke before the U.S. Department of State, the Clinton Global Initiative, and was interviewed by CNN. She recently began hosting workshops to engage educated women community leaders in World Pulse’s online forum as a beginning platform to mobilize, enlighten, and engage a leadership group for future gender and PWD rights activities. They are now the “Maman Shujaa of Congo” - giving Voice to the Congo and encouraging and supporting one another with an agenda for Peace and Development in Congo that prioritizes human rights for all, rights for nature, and a Right to a Future for our children. 

Kiyomi Nagumo

KIYOMI NAGUMO

Kiyomi Nagumo is WECAN’s Coordinator for the Latin America and the Caribbean region.

Kiyomi has worked in a number of civil society organizations on climate change, environment and empowerment of social organizations, indigenous peoples and intercultural communities. She has worked in advocacy and governance through drafting regulations for national, regional, municipal, community and grassroots organization and in offering legal advice, legal pluralism, gender and women’s rights.  In the construction of the new Constitution of the Plurinational State of Bolivia, Kiyomi was Coordinator for the inclusion of environmental issues for NGOs. She has worked developing new regulations such as Amazon's law, the law of violence against women, the law of forests, among others; she also worked in municipal and regional policy frameworks incorporating environmental issues, women's rights and indigenous autonomies. For her work and activism she was congratulated and recognized by Al Gore to perform at LIVE EARTH concert ( 2007); she earned the Award for Best Institution in Defense of the Environment from the Municipality of La Paz; and she organized the Award JAKIYA “Friends of Madidi” (2010) for people supporting and working for the defense of protected areas and indigenous peoples. Her dedication lead her to be chosen as one of the 100 leaders to be CLIMATE CHAMPIONS in Latin American and Caribbean for the Climate Generation Program of the British Council (2010). Due to her leadership she now serves as the coordinator of the Women’s Network for Earth and Climate Latin America and the Caribbean (WECAN-LAC) where she works to support women struggling to find solutions to climate change, achieve sustainable solutions in their communities and mobilize for results.

Eda Zavala Lopez

EDA ZAVALA LOPEZ

WECAN Coordinator for Indigenous Women in Peru

Eda Zavala Lopez is a Peruvian Indigenous woman and descendant of a Wari Civilization. She is a spiritual leader and keeps the ancient knowledge of living in perfect balance with Nature. As a sociologist and anthropologist she is very committed to her people and preservation of the Amazonian rainforest. Eda was recently honored by the Peruvian Ministry of the Environment with the National Environmental 2014 Award. It was presented in recognition of one of her projects “Protecting Our Sacred Territories.”

Running in Eda’s blood is the traditional wisdom that she received through her mother’s lineage. After her studies, she decided to continue this heritage. As a spiritual leader in her village, she is deeply committed to Indigenous Peruvian People in defending their sacred territories and protecting their lands. She encourages them to empower themselves, stand strong and learn to negotiate their dire circumstances by facing up to the intrusive and disrespectful modern world.  

Advisory Council


Jane Goodall, Ph.D., DBE

JANE GOODALL, PH.D., DBE

Founder, the Jane Goodall Institute & UN Messenger of Peace

In July 1960, Jane Goodall began her landmark study of chimpanzee behavior in what is now Tanzania. Her work at Gombe Stream would become the foundation of future primatological research and redefine the relationship between humans and animals.

In 1977, Dr. Goodall established the Jane Goodall Institute, which continues the Gombe research and is a global leader in the effort to protect chimpanzees and their habitats. The Institute is widely recognized for innovative, community-centered conservation and development programs in Africa and for Jane Goodall’s Roots & Shoots, its global environmental and humanitarian youth program.

Dr. Goodall founded Roots & Shoots with a group of Tanzanian students in 1991. Today, Roots & Shoots connects hundreds of thousands of youth in more than 120 countries who take action to make the world a better place for people, animals and the environment.

Dr. Goodall travels an average of 300 days per year, speaking about the threats facing chimpanzees, other environmental crises, and her reasons for hope that humankind will solve the problems it has imposed on the earth.

Dr. Goodall’s honors include the French Legion of Honor, the Medal of Tanzania, and Japan’s prestigious Kyoto Prize. In 2002, Dr. Goodall was appointed to serve as a United Nations Messenger of Peace and, in 2003, was named a Dame of the British Empire.

For more information about Dr. Goodall and the work of the Jane Goodall Institute, please visit www.janegoodall.org.

Photo Credit: David S. Holloway

Dr. Vandana Shiva, India

DR. VANDANA SHIVA, INDIA

Dr. Vandana Shiva is a physicist, philosopher, environmental activist and eco feminist. She is the founder and director of Navdanya Research Foundation for Science, Technology, and Ecology in New Delhi. She is author of numerous books including, Soil Not Oil: Environmental Justice in an Age of Climate CrisisStolen Harvest: The Hijacking of the Global Food SupplyEarth Democracy: Justice, Sustainability, and Peace; and Staying Alive: Women, Ecology, and Development. Shiva has also served as an adviser to governments in India and abroad as well as NGOs, including the International Forum on Globalization, the Women’s Environment and Development Organization and the Third World Network. She has received numerous awards, including 1993 Right Livelihood Award (Alternative Nobel Prize) and the 2010 Sydney Peace Prize.

Naomi Klein, Canada

NAOMI KLEIN, CANADA

Naomi Klein is an award-winning journalist, syndicated columnist and author of the New York Times and #1 international bestseller, The Shock Doctrine: The Rise of Disaster Capitalism. Published worldwide in 2007, The Shock Doctrine appeared on multiple ‘best of year’ lists. Klein’s first book No Logo: Taking Aim at the Brand Bullies was also an international bestseller that The New York Times called “a movement bible.” In 2011, Time Magazine named it one of the Top 100 non-fiction books published since 1923. Klein is a contributing editor for Harper’s, a reporter for Rolling Stone, and writes a column for The Nation and The Guardian. Klein is a member of the board of directors for 350.org, a global grassroots movement to solve the climate crisis. Klein is currently at work on a new book and film on how the climate crisis can spur economic and political transformation.

Casey Camp-Horinek, PONCA USA

CASEY CAMP-HORINEK, PONCA USA

Casey Camp-Horinek (Ponca) is a long-time Native rights activist, environmentalist, and actress. As traditional Drumkeeper for the Ponca Pa-tha-ta, Woman’s Scalp Dance Society, Camp-Horinek helps maintain the cultural identity of the Ponca Nation of Oklahoma for herself, her family, and her community. She has been at the forefront of grassroots community efforts to educate and empower both Native and non-Native community members on environmental and civil rights issues. In April of 2008 Camp-Horinek, as a delegate of the Indigenous Environmental Network(IEN), was chosen to speak to the United Nations Permanent Forum on indigenous Issues and present IEN’s global platform regarding the environment and Native rights.

She plays the role of Irene in Barking Water (d. Sterlin Harjo), which in 2009 premiered at the Sundance Film Festival and was selected for New Directors/New Films festival in New York. Her love for acting began in the early 1980’s when she was worked with the American Indian Theatre Company of Tulsa, whose members have gone on to achieve great success in Hollywood and beyond. Camp-Horinek has served as a mentor and advisor for aspiring Native American filmmakers, actors, and actresses in many venues, including the Sundance Film Institute and local summer programs.

Jody Williams, USA

JODY WILLIAMS, USA

Jody Williams is a  Nobel Peace Prize Laureate  and Chair of the Nobel Women's Initiative (USA). She received the Nobel Peace Prize in 1997 for her work to ban landmines through the International Campaign to Ban Landmines, which shared the Peace Prize with her that year. At that time, she became the 10th woman - and third American woman - in its almost 100-year history to receive the Prize.  Since her protests of the Vietnam War, she has been a life-long advocate of freedom, self-determination and human and civil rights. Since January of 2006, Jody Williams has worked toward those ends through the Nobel Women's Initiative, which she chairs.  Along with sister Nobel Laureate Dr. Shirin Ebadi of Iran, she took the lead in establishing the Nobel Women’s Initiative.  They were joined at that time by sister Nobel Laureates Wangari Maathai (Kenya), Rigoberta Menchu Tum (Guatemala) and Betty Williams and Mairead Maguire (Northern Ireland). The Initiative uses the prestige of the Nobel Peace Prize and the influence and access of the women Nobel Laureates themselves to support and amplify the efforts of women around the world working for sustainable peace with justice and equality. Her new memoir on life as a grassroots activist, My Name is Jody Williams:  A Vermont Girl’s Winding Path to the Nobel Peace Prize, will be released by the University of California Press in March 2013. 

Winona LaDuke, Ojibwe, USA

WINONA LADUKE, OJIBWE, USA

Winona LaDuke is an Anishinaabekwe (Ojibwe) enrolled member of the Mississippi Band Anishinaabeg who lives on the White Earth Reservations, and is the mother of three. She is the Executive Director of Honor the Earth, where she works to advocate, raise public support, and create funding for frontline native environmental groups. Winona was nominated by Time magazine as “one of America's fifty most promising leaders under forty” and named by Ms. Magazine as “Woman of the Year” for her work with Honor the Earth. Winona has received numerous awards including the Ann Bancroft Award for Women's Leadership, and the Reebok Human Rights Award, with which she began the White Earth Land Recovery Project. Winona is a graduate of Harvard and Antioch Universities, a former board member of Greenpeace USA and serves, as co-chair of the Indigenous Women's Network. Winona has published six books, including The Militarization of Indian Country (2011).

Lorena Aguilar, Costa Rica

LORENA AGUILAR, COSTA RICA

Lorena, born in San José, Costa Rica, is the Global Senior Gender Advisor at the International Union for the Conservation of Nature (IUCN). Her efforts towards a sustainable and equitable human development include more than a decade of practical experience in projects involving public policy development and design and eight years in the incorporation of social and gender issues into the use and conservation of natural resources. In an unparalleled event at a worldwide level, Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, Nicaragua, Panama and Mexico became the first seven countries which ministries of environment adopted and implemented a gender policy.

Ms. Aguilar has provided technical assistance to international organizations, governments and universities in areas such as water, environmental health, gender and community participation. 


She presently is the Senior Adviser - Gender of the World Conservation Union. Ms. Aguilar has written 20 books and other publications on gender and environment, environmental health and public policies involving equity. Through her efforts and firm determination regarding the development of technical skills, over the past two years more than 6,000 people have been trained using the methodologies developed by her. Lorena has a Master’s in Anthropology and a major in Cultural Ecology.

May Boeve, USA

MAY BOEVE, USA

May Boeve is the Executive Director and Co-Founder of 350.org, an international climate change campaign. On October 24, 2009, 350.org coordinated the most widespread day of political action in history, with more than 5,200 events in 181 countries all conveying the message: 350, the safe level of CO2 in the atmosphere. Previously, May co-founded and helped lead the “Step It Up” 2007 campaign, which helped to change the debate about global warming policy in the United States by combining the efforts of over 200 partner organizations. May was the recipient of the Brower Youth Award in 2006 and is the co-author of Fight Global Warming Now. She has spoken about the climate challenge in Greece, Spain, Denmark, Poland, and throughout the U.S.

Carmen Caprilles, Bolivia

CARMEN CAPRILLES, BOLIVIA

Carmen Capriles is founder and coordinator of Reacción Climática, a non-profit organization formed to advance the participation of the youth of Bolivia in finding solutions to climate change. She also is an environmental activist and campaign coordinator for 350.org in Bolivia. Capriles earned her degree in Agricultural Engineering with a specialty in Sustainable Development and Agro-ecology from the University of San Andres in La Paz, Bolivia. Her thesis titled: "The Role of Women in Natural Resources Management in the Community El Tigre" received great accolades from academia and won an award with honorable mention. Capriles has over 10 years of work experience as a consultant in Climate Change and Environmental Advocacy for national NGOs as well as International Cooperation and has organized over 20 campaigns for raising awareness about the environment, biodiversity, and climate change. She is one of the founding members of Reacción Climática, a volunteer-based organization dedicated to educating the people of Bolivia about climate change and is a member of the Women's Major Group for the RIO+20 Conference.

Dr. Sylvia Earle, USA

DR. SYLVIA EARLE, USA

Sylvia Earle, called "Her Deepness" by the New Yorker and the first "Hero for the Planet," is an oceanographer, explorer, author, lecturer and scientist. She is executive director for several corporate and nonprofit organizations, including the Aspen Institute, the Conservation Fund, American Rivers, and others. Former chief scientist of NOAA, Earle is founder of the Mission Blue Foundation. She has a B.S., an M.S., Ph.D. and 15 honorary degrees. She has authored more than 150 publications, lectured in over 60 countries, and appeared in hundreds of TV productions. Earle is the author of Sea Change: A Message of the Oceans and co-author of Ocean: An Illustrated Atlas. Earle has led over 60 expeditions and logged more than 6,000 hours underwater, including leading the first team of women aquanauts in 1970. She has a record for solo diving to a depth of 1,000 meters.

Melina Laboucan-Massimo, First Nations, Canada

MELINA LABOUCAN-MASSIMO, FIRST NATIONS, CANADA

Melina Laboucan-Massimo is a long-time Indigenous and environmental activist. Since 2009, Melina has been working as a tar sands campaigner for Greenpeace Canada. She also works with the Indigenous Environmental Network. Melina is a Lubicon Cree from Northern Alberta who knows the reality of the oil sands too well. Having grown up in the oil sands region, she witnessed first-hand the impacts of oil sands development on her Nation’s people, culture, and land. She now spends most of her days traveling inside Canada and around the world to share her their stories and realities with a larger audience.

Kandi Mossett, Mandan, Hidatsa, Arikara, USA

KANDI MOSSETT, MANDAN, HIDATSA, ARIKARA, USA

Kandi Mossett (Mandan, Hidatsa, Arikara) is the Native Energy & Climate Campaign Organizer for the Indigenous Environmental Network (IEN). Kandi was born in North Dakota and grew up in an area known today as the Fort Berthold Reservation. She obtained her undergraduate degree from the University of North Dakota (UND) in Natural Resource and Park Management. After working in the Park Service for 3 years she went on to earn a Masters of Environmental Management Degree within UND’s Earth Systems Science and Policy Program. She began working for the Indigenous Environmental Network as the Tribal Campus Climate Challenge (TCCC) Organizer in February of 2007. Since then, over 30 tribal colleges have been engaged in the TCCC and many have worked on projects ranging from light bulb swaps and community tree plantings to small-scale community solar panel installations and community gardens. The main goals have been to introduce and support initiatives within tribal colleges for students to pursue renewable energy alternatives such as solar and wind power; reduce their carbon footprint and global warming pollution; connect students to environmental justice and climate justice issues in their communities; promote collaboration between students and communities, and to do so in line with Indigenous traditional knowledge and belief systems. Her work has expanded over the years to include work in the international arena in order to create more awareness about international decision-making and its effect at the local level. She has engaged in many UN Fora and international conferences and continues to work primarily at the grassroots level bridging generational gaps in tribal communities while connecting the local to the national and the national to the international in an effort to raise awareness about sustainability and continue the fight towards just climate and energy solutions for all.

Sascha Gabizon, Germany

SASCHA GABIZON, GERMANY

Sascha Gabizon is the Executive Director of WECF, Women in Europe for a Common Future. In 1994 she joined WECF to prepare the contribution to the 4th World Women's Conference in Beijing in 1995. Since 1996 she has been the Executive Director of the WECF network, which she developed and its international activities with a special focus on the EU, Eastern Europe and Central Asia. Currently there are 3 management offices (Netherlands, Germany, France), serving as secretariats for the network activities. Gabizon, of Dutch Nationality, obtained a Masters in Business, worked for an international consultancy in Spain and then joined the Wuppertal Institute for Climate, Energy and Environment (WI), in Germany, where she was the co-founder of the Wuppertal Institute’s "FrauenWissen" (Women's Scientists).

Colleen Ross, Canada

COLLEEN ROSS, CANADA

Colleen Ross is a farmer and a farm leader in Canada and beyond. Colleen has been successfully farming for over 30 years, both in Australia and Canada.  Her farm is a 200 acre, intensive, bio-diverse model for nutrient dense, sustainable food production. Colleen grows grains, soybeans, pasture, beef cattle, sheep, chickens and approximately 12 acres of vegetables.   She focuses on supplying local markets.

Colleen is the Vice President of the National Farmers Union of Canada  (NFU).  She is an  active representative for La Via Campesina  (LVC), and is on the LVC Biodiversity Commission. Colleen has been instrumental in the struggle to bring international attention to the privatization of seeds, the exploitation of farmers through patents and seed contracts, trade agreements, and neo-conservative agendas.  

Colleen studied agriculture at the University of Guelph.  She studied biosciences as it relates to the of Biodiversity at the University of Tromso, Norway. Her two daughters are now farming.  

Bridget Burns, USA

BRIDGET BURNS, USA

Bridget has a Master’s Degree in Gender, Development, and Globalisation from the London School of Economics. At WEDO, Bridget’s work focuses on women’s leadership and capacity building in addition to research and coordination support on sustainable development and climate change work. She also spends part of her time on communications: managing the website, listserv, and social media tools as well as drafting newsletters and press releases.

Prior to WEDO, she worked at LEAD International in London, a global non-profit dedicated to advancing leadership for sustainable development. There she managed the global LEAD Fellow’s network, coordinated the LEAD Europe program, and supported leadership training in a number of different countries. In 2009 she became certified in training on gender and climate change from the IUCN/GGCA. She is also a certified youth trainer. Bridget is a graduate of Marist College.

 
Kelly Rigg, Netherlands

KELLY RIGG, NETHERLANDS

Kelly Rigg, is founding director and business manager of the Varda Group, specialised in managing large international campaigns and projects. Leading the Deep Sea Conservation Coalition from 2004-2009, and the Global Campaign for Climate Action (GCCA) from 2009-2014, Rigg has a history of guiding successful campaigns. The deep-sea coalition ran a multi-year campaign to achieve a UN General Assembly moratorium on high seas bottom trawling. The GCCA is a large alliance behind the tcktcktck campaign, set up to promote international climate action. Rigg has developed campaign or communication strategies for numerous projects and organizations and served on the State Department Advisory panel on Antarctica, and on the Board of the Washington-based Coast Alliance. She served on the Board of Directors of Greenpeace USA, the Antarctic and Southern Ocean Coalition (ASOC), and the European Union for Coastal Conservation (EUCC). She has produced countless publications and has a blog on the Huffington Post.

DR. SWATI SHRESTH, INDIA

Swati is the Focal point for South and East Asia at the Global Forest Coalition. In addition, she is a fellow at the Ashoka Trust for Research on Ecology and the Environment (ATREE), combining a profound expertise on community management with many years of experience in following the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change and other forest and climate related processes. Swati received her Doctor of Philosophy from Duke University as well as a Masters of Philosophy and Master of Arts from Jawaharlal Nehru University in India. Swati has recieved many awards including the Franklin Humanities Institute Dissertation Fellowship, the Summer Research Fellowship from Duke University Summer, as well as a Fulbright Predoctoral Fellowship.

Laura Turner Seydel, USA

LAURA TURNER SEYDEL, USA

Laura Turner Seydel is an international environmental advocate and eco-living expert dedicated to creating a healthy and sustainable future for our children. Laura is chairperson of the Captain Planet Foundation which promotes hands-on environmental education projects worldwide. She works with the Environmental Working Group to limit the toxic chemicals in food, air, water and consumer products. She also co-founded Mothers and Others for Clean Air and Chattahoochee Riverkeeper. Laura serves on her family’s foundation boards including The Turner Foundation, Jane Smith Turner Foundation, the Turner Endangered Species Fund, and Ted’s Montana Grill. She also serves on national boards including League of Conservation Voters, Defenders of Wildlife, Waterkeeper Alliance, the Carter Center Board of Councilors, as well as serving on the advisory board for the Green Schools Alliance and Ray C. Anderson Foundation. She is also a member of the Rotary Club of Downtown Atlanta. Laura lives with her husband and her three children in their home, EcoManor, the first LEED certified Gold residence in the southeastern United States.

Dr. Katherine Hayhoe, USA

DR. KATHERINE HAYHOE, USA

Dr. Katharine Hayhoe is an atmospheric scientist who studies climate change.  An expert reviewer for the Nobel Peace Prize-winning Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, she has been dedicated to discovering and communicating the realities of a changing climate to those who will be affected most by it.  Dr. Hayhoe is also an associate professor in the Department of Political Scienceat Texas Tech University. Dr. Hayhoe develops new ways to quantify the potential impacts of human activities at the regional scale. As founder and CEO of ATMOS Research, she also bridges the gap between scientists and stakeholders to provide relevant, state-of-the-art information on how climate change will affect our lives to a broad range of non-profit, industry and government clients. Dr. Hayhoe has published over 50 peer-reviewed publications and reports including the upcoming 2013 U.S. National Climate Assessment

Anne Marie Miller, USA

ANNE MARIE MILLER, USA

Anne Marie Miller is the Founder and CEO of Sustainable Waste Design, a NY-based waste to energy company, bringing together high-level partners for sustainable waste technology project development in key U.S. and international markets. SWD provides complete waste solutions that integrate waste disposal, environmental protection, energy production and material recycling and re-purposing within the context of creating closed loop, economically justified, and intelligently designed systems. Before founding SWD, Ms. Miller has created an impressive and extensive network of contacts through startup business consulting and development spanning multiple industries, with a particular focus on environmentally sustainable technologies. Ms. Miller has also worked in close coordination with the United Nations, World Bank, and various IGO’s to implement cleantech infrastructure in countries from Latin American and the Caribbean to Africa. Ms. Miller studied biomedical engineering at Columbia University, holds a Masters in Management with a concentration in Corporate Sustainability, is a Board member of Aspen-based American Renewable Energy Institute, and co-Chair of Earth Council Alliance.

AISHA NIYAZ, MALDIVES

Aisha Niyaz is the co-founder of the Maldivian Youth Climate Network (MYCN) created to inspire and empower youth of the Maldives to be catalysts of change. MYCN was inspired by the global youth movement at UNFCCC COP15 at Copenhagen. Although Aisha was born and raised in the Maldives, she received her Bachelor’s degree in Environmental Management from the University of Queensland in Australia. She lives in and loves the Maldives.

Carolyne Stayton, USA

CAROLYNE STAYTON, USA

Carolyne Stayton is the Executive Director of Transition US. She is adept at aligning community activities towards unified goals, a skill honed from over thirty years of working with nonprofit organizations and educational institutions. She has successfully galvanized communities around various social issues and has particular expertise in program development, participative leadership and “learning” organizations. Her background includes serving as Director of New College’s North Bay Campus for Sustainable Living, an innovative educational institution that promoted advanced studies in leadership, community-building and developed the nation’s first “green” MBA program. Carolyne has a master’s degree in Nonprofit Administration, resides in Sebastopol, California and is passionate about stewardship and protection of the natural world.

Ted Turner, USA

TED TURNER, USA

Ted Turner is chairman of the United Nations Foundation, which promotes a more peaceful, prosperous and just world; co-chairman of the Nuclear Threat Initiative, a charitable organization working to reduce the global threats from nuclear, biological and chemical weapons; chairman of the Turner Foundation, which supports efforts for improving air and water quality, developing a sustainable energy future to protect the earth’s climate, maintaining wildlife habitat protection, and developing practices and policies to curb population growth rates. Turner also serves as chairman of Turner Enterprises, Inc. and is the second largest individual landholder in North America. His ranches are home to more than 55,000 bison and a number of environmental projects, including reforestation, renewable energy, water resource management, and reintroduction of native species. Out of concern for the health of his land and its species, Turner established the Turner Endangered Species Fund to conserve biodiversity.

Larry Schweiger, USA

LARRY SCHWEIGER, USA

Larry Schweiger is former President and CEO of the National Wildlife Federation (NWF). He returned to the NWF in 2004 with a commitment to confront the climate crisis and to protect wildlife for our children’s future. Previously, Larry served for eight years as President and CEO of the Western Pennsylvania Conservancy, where he pioneered watershed restoration, ecological research, land conservation and community outreach. Prior to that, Larry was the Executive Secretary of the Joint House/Senate Conservation Committee for the Pennsylvania General Assembly. In 2011 Larry was awarded the “Citizens for Pennsylvania’s Future Visionary Award.” He was selected as Pennsylvania’s “Environmental Professional of the Year” in 2002, and received a Conservation Service Award from the Christian Environmental Association in 1995. Larry has three daughters, three sons-in-law, and three grandsons. Larry’s book Last Chance: Preserving Life on Earth, was awarded First Prize for Non-Fiction by the Next Generation Indie Book Awards in 2011.

U.S Women's Climate Justice Initiative Steering Committee


Harriet Shugarman

HARRIET SHUGARMAN

Harriet Shugarman is the Founder and Executive Director of ClimateMama, an organization seeking to educate and inspire families to understand climate change and take tangible steps to build a healthy world for their children and future generations. Previously, Harriet Shugarman worked as a policy analyst and economist with the Alberta, British Columbia, and Ontario governments in Canada, and later with the International Monetary Fund as the Special Assistant to the Director of the United Nations Office in New York. She has worked at most of the large United Nations international conference, including the first UN Earth Summit. In 2007, Harriet was selected to participate in a training program led by Former Vice President Al Gore and sponsored by The Climate Reality Project. She received direct training from Al Gore on climate change and how to educate the public about this critical issue, and was inspired to found ClimateMama soon thereafter.

Harriet is the Chair of her town's Environmental Commission and Green Team, teaches Climate Change Policy at a liberal arts college, serves as a Mentor for the Climate Reality Project, and writes on climate change policy for a wide variety of publications including MSNBC, Health Child Health World, and Modern Parenthood. She serves on the board of the Mothers Project, Mothers for Sustainable Energy, The Barack Obama Green Charter High School, and Air-Soil-Water.

Harriet is proud to be one of the 1,253 people arrested in Washington DC in 2011, fighting 'the good fight' to stop the Keystone XL Pipeline. She continues to work fighting local pipelines in her area, and the fossil fuel infrastructure and waste that accompany them. Harriet Shugarman holds a BA in Economics and International Relations from the University of British Columbia and an MBA from the Thunderbird School of Global Management.

Pennie Opal Plant

PENNIE OPAL PLANT

Pennie Opal Plant, (Yaqui, Mexican, English, Dutch, Choctaw, Cherokee and Algonquin Ancestry),has been an activist for over 30 years, working on anti-nuclear, environmental, and indigenous rights campaigns. Pennieis a founding member of Idle No More Bay Area California, working ceaselessly to address climate change, fossil fuel extraction, and environmental injustice in and around her community. She has been central to organizing education and resistance efforts related to the Chevron refinery in Richmond, California, and is part of the team arranging and leading Refinery Corridor Healing Walks to expose toxic sites in the area and promote healing and unity amongst affected communities. Pennie is a founding member of the Bay Area Rights of Nature Alliance and, since 2005, a lecturer of Democracy School with the Community Environmental Legal Defense Fund. In 2014, Pennie participated in the International Summit on the Rights of Nature in Quito, Ecuador.

Pennie Opal Plant is also a Co-Founder of Movement Rights, a powerful organization working to support communities confronted with harmful corporate projects assert their right to protect and direct the future of their community by passing new laws that place the rights of residents and the Earth above corporations. She is also the creator and owner of Gathering Tribes, a gallery and network promoting the work of Indigenous artisans of the Americas.

Casey Camp-Horinek

CASEY CAMP-HORINEK

Casey Camp-Horinek (Ponca Nation) is a long-time Native rights activist, environmentalist, and actress. As traditional Drumkeeper for the Ponca Pa-tha-ta, Woman’s Scalp Dance Society, Camp-Horinek helps maintain the cultural identity of the Ponca Nation of Oklahoma for herself, her family, and her community. She has been at the forefront of grassroots community efforts to educate and empower both Native and non-Native community members on environmental and civil rights issues. In April of 2008 Camp-Horinek, as a delegate of the Indigenous Environmental Network(IEN), was chosen to speak to the United Nations Permanent Forum on indigenous Issues and present IEN’s global platform regarding the environment and Native rights.

She plays the role of Irene in Barking Water (d. Sterlin Harjo), which in 2009 premiered at the Sundance Film Festival and was selected for New Directors/New Films festival in New York. Her love for acting began in the early 1980’s when she was worked with the American Indian Theatre Company of Tulsa, whose members have gone on to achieve great success in Hollywood and beyond. Camp-Horinek has served as a mentor and advisor for aspiring Native American filmmakers, actors, and actresses in many venues, including the Sundance Film Institute and local summer programs. Casey Camp-Horinek is also part of the WECAN International General Steering Committee.

Jacqueline Patterson

JACQUELINE PATTERSON

Jacqueline Patterson is the Director of the NAACP Environmental and Climate Justice Programme and coordinator and co-founder of Women of Color United. She works as a global women’s rights consultant, researcher, program manager, coordinator, and activist on issues of women‘s rights, violence against women, HIV/AIDS, racial justice, economic justice, and environmental and climate justice.  Jacqueline serves on the Advisory Committee for the Grandmother Project, the Steering Committee of the Interfaith Moral Action on Climate Change, the Board of Directors for the Institute of the Black World and the US Climate Action Network, the Executive Committee for the Congressional Black Caucus Foundation Alumni Network, and the Coordination Team of the Gender Justice Working Group of the US Social Forum.

Previously, Jacqueline served as a Senior Women’s Rights Policy Analyst for ActionAid, where she worked to build a women’s rights lens on issues of food rights, macroeconomics, and climate change, as well as on the intersection of HIV/AIDS and violence against women. Additionally, she has worked as Assistant Vice-President of HIV/AIDS Programs for IMA World Health, providing management and technical support to medical facilities in 23 countries in Africa and the Caribbean, as a Research Coordinator for Johns Hopkins University, and as a US Peace Corps Jamaica volunteer.

Jacqueline is the author of many powerful publications, including “Climate Change is a Civil Rights Issue,” “Gulf Oil Drilling Disaster: Gendered Layers of Impact,” “Disasters, Climate Change Uproot Women of Color,” and “Equity in Disasters: Civil and Human Rights Challenges in the Context of Emergency Events,” a chapter in the book Building Community Resilience Post-Disaster.

Jacqueline Patterson holds a master’s degree in social work from the University of Maryland and a master’s degree in public health from Johns Hopkins University.

Trish Weber

TRISH WEBER

Trish Weber is a climate activist who lives in Corvallis Oregon.  She has extensive experience working with opposition groups fighting expansion of the Alberta tar sands, with a specific emphasis on supporting and allying with Canadian First Nations and other indigenous-led organizations.  She served as co-leader of the Women Donors Network Earth Circle from 2009-2014, and also served on the WDN Board of Directors from 2012-2014.  In 2010 she co-founded "All Against the Haul", a grassroots coalition which successfully prevented ExxonMobil from construction an industrial supply transportation corridor through pristine mountains in Idaho and Montana.  She holds a BSEE from Montana State University, and, prior to her activism work, she spent 25 years working as a professional engineer and land use planner. 

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