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

Online Trainings & International Network Calls

You are invited to join the Women’s Earth and Climate Action Network for our series of free, online WECAN Education and Advocacy Trainings For Women For Climate Justice - open to participants around the world! Please see the Training Schedule below.

During these calls and trainings we will network, learn, share experiences, strategize, and work to define and strengthen global women’s collective voice and action for climate justice.

HOW TO GET INVOLVED:

International Network Organizing Calls

Please be invited to join us for a WECAN International Network Organizing Call - during which we will unite as global women for climate justice, to share updates, invitations, and calls to action - and to build our power collectively.

Our next Network Organizing Call will take place - Wednesday July 18th at 5:30 pm Pacific Time - with a focus on mobilizing efforts around events taking place in California, and worldwide, in September 2018, in parallel to the Global Climate Action Summit. We will share details about the Women's Assembly for Climate Justice: Women Leading Solutions On The Frontlines Of Climate Change' forum; organizing for action as Women for Climate Justice contingents during the 'Rise for Climate, Jobs, Justice' march; and more.

All WECAN trainings and international organizing calls are hosted on Zoom, a 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.

WHAT: WECAN International Network Organizing Call 

WHEN: Wednesday July 18th at 5:30 pm Pacific Time (US Time zone, please check your own time zone to coordinate!)

HOW to join the call:

  • Option A - Join via your computer or smart phone internet connection:

 1. Click here to download the free Zoom program

 2. Click here to join the call

  • OR Option B - Join by phone: +1 408 638 0968 (US Toll) or +1 646 558 8656 (US Toll)

Enter the Meeting ID: 415 415 2016

If you are calling from outside the U.S. - click here for international dial-in numbers

Please direct any and all questions to Emily (WECAN Communications Coordinator) – emily@wecaninternational.org

Education & Advocacy Trainings - 2018 Schedule

** All WECAN trainings and organizing calls are hosted on Zoom, a program similar to Skype **

Indigenous Women On The Frontlines: Report-Backs & Calls To Action

Tuesday Feb 27th at 11:00 PT/ 2:00 ET

Join us for ‘Indigenous Women On The Frontlines: Report-Backs & Calls To Action’. During this training, we will hear from Tara Houska, Anishinaabe, National Campaigns Director for Honor the Earth; Cherri Foytlin, Organizer with L'eau Est La Vie Camp - No Bayou Bridge; and Eriel Deranger, Athabasca Chipewyan First Nation, Executive Director of Indigenous Climate Action - surrounding the latest updates from their respective homelands, and the resistance movements for defense of land, water, climate and life which they are each engaged in.

*Click here to view the full biographies of the outstanding featured speakers*

Presenters will share pointed stories and calls to action, helping participants sharpen their analysis and learn how they can engage and support on-the-ground, frontline movements led by Indigenous women. Focus areas include actions and movements to prevent the destructive impact of the Line 3 pipeline, Bayou Bridge pipeline, tar sands extraction, and other fossil fuel projects.

This training will focus on the North American context, processes and examples, however international allies are encouraged and welcomed to participate.

Women For Forests

Wednesday April 4, 2018 at 11:00 PT/ 2:00 ET

Around the world, from the rainforests to the temperate zones, diverse groups of women are rising up to protect vital forests ecosystems from deforestation, fossil fuel and mining extraction, agribusiness, and a host of other threats. Through their work, they are protecting irreplaceable biodiversity and the sources of community life and livelihoods, while also spearheading efforts that sequester massive amounts of carbon, and thus help mitigate against the worst effects of global climate change.

During the ‘Women For Forests’ training, we will explore various topics including - the link between forests and climate change; the need to defend women’s land rights as a forest protection strategy; inspiring examples of women planting trees and regenerating damaged lands from Indonesia to the Democratic Republic of Congo; and stories and lessons from Indigenous women’s work to stand for global forests, including the Sarayaku Living Forest Proposal from the Ecuadorian Amazon.

As part of WECAN International’s commitment to a climate justice framework, this training will not promote any of the false solutions often associated with climate-forest programs, including carbon offsets and other market mechanisms. Rather, speakers will focus on the grassroots, community-driven, and rights-based strategies and solutions being demonstrated by women around the world.

Featuring -

  • Wanda Culp (Tlingit artist and forest defender, WECAN Tongass Coordinator, Alaska, US)
  • Mary Lou Malig (Global Forest Coalition, Campaigns and Communications Coordinator and Researcher, Philippines)
  • Nina Gualinga (Kichwa woman leader of the community of Sarayaku, Ecuador)
  • Neema Namadamu (Founder of Hero Women Rising, SAFECO, and WECAN Democratic Republic of Congo Coordinator)
  • Clare Dubois (Founder of TreeSisters, US)
  • Ayana Young (Restoration ecologist and Founder of For The Wild, California, US)

* Click here for full speaker biographies *

Rights of Nature: Protecting and Defending the Places We Live

Thursday May 31th, 2018 at 11:00 PT/ 2:00 ET

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 (Co-Director of Movement Rights) and Osprey Orielle Lake (Executive Director of WECAN International).

To learn more about past online trainings and programs, please explore the WECAN blog.

Click here to learn about our on-the-ground Regional Solutions Trainings and Programs in the DR Congo, MENA Region, and Latin America.

To explore thousands of stories and solutions from global women standing for climate justice - visit the WECAN research and storytelling database - ‘Women Speak: Stories, Case Studies And Solutions From The Frontlines Of Climate Change’.