1 Million Women +WECAN
1 Million Women is an organization in Australia that focuses on sustainability and climate awareness of women as consumers, and how consumer patterns, if changed, can significantly decrease CO2 and other GHG emissions. 1 Million Women, with 80,000 women currently engaged, has asked WECAN to bring the project to the U.S. In 2014, WECAN will redesign the messaging to fit an American audience and will direct a small management team to run the campaign. The project presents six ways to live simply which includes: making considered decisions, recycling pre-owned materials, not wasting food and water, using and promoting public transportation, reducing energy consumption, and rethinking spending patterns – each with a link to ideas for implementing these suggested changes.
To paraphrase 1 Million Women Co-Founder , Nathalie Issacs: Women have great power, real economic power. Power that comes from our everyday choices on how we live, what we buy and don’t buy, when we save and when we spend, the work and business we do, where we invest and our giving. Women in the US make about 80% of consumer purchasing decisions. By mobilizing this economic power of women, built on the individual choices we make with our money, the objective of 1 Million Women is to change to a fossil free economy. Our membership goal is 1 million women all taking action in their own lives. Together, the economic and the citizen power of a million women can help change the world. That’s why our first ‘ask’ to all women is that they join us and be counted—that their personal everyday actions of carbon reductions and fossil fuel divestment be counted. We can’t be effectively involved in the solutions to dangerous climate change if we aren’t taking action in your own life. By starting with individual action, we take women on a journey to empowerment.
Additionally, WECAN will connect the 1 Million Women +WECAN project to our WECAN campaign to advocate for carbon fees modeling the work of Citizens Climate Lobby. Personal action and a powerful collective voice, that’s what 1 Million Women + WECAN is all about.
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