Dear Friends and Allies,
As we head into the long nights of the Autumn/Winter cycle, we are taking stock of past months. As many of you surely know, the year 2014 will likely be the hottest on record, and climate impacts are quickly becoming more visible and threatening to the Earth and communities across the globe. At the same time, we are witnessing a great upwelling of mobilization for climate justice and solutions; hundreds of thousands took to the streets for the People's Climate March, powerful local struggles are expanding, renewable energy and localization efforts are growing, and people worldwide are rising up to demand action from world leaders.
The final section of the world's most internationally accepted and comprehensive scientific report on climate change, the IPCC AR5, was released this week and we want to highlight an important breakthrough; the concept of completely "phasing out" fossil fuels and driving carbon emissions to zero is now officially being discussed in the UN and international media. The message of the report is as clear as ever: we are facing a dire crisis, there are ways to mitigate the worst impacts, but we must take action immediately. As the Women's Earth and Climate Action Network (WECAN International) has been stating in all of our actions and reports: we can act now, we must act now. Read on to learn about our recent mobilizing efforts in New York City, our newly released Women's Climate Action Agenda, and upcoming work in Lima, Peru during the UNFCCC climate negotiations.