U.S. Women's Climate Justice Initiative
The Women’s Earth and Climate Action Network ‘U.S. Women’s Climate Justice Initiative’ seeks to support the development of 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.
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 International, along with allies across the U.S., 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 U.S., 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 percent 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.
In the face of the current U.S. Trump Administration and it’s extreme and unacceptable stances in favor of climate denial, promotion of fossil fuel and extraction, bigotry, racism and sexism - we raise our voices ever louder and organize with ever-more determination.
For all these reasons and more we invite you to participate with us at this critical time.
Women's March on Washington D.C - Photo by Emily Arasim/WECAN International
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 for Climate Justice - click here to learn more and join us for trainings
Download, read and share the Women's Climate Action Agenda - a powerful action and advocacy tool for use in your community
Participate in events in cities across the U.S. throughout the year (U.S. event information to be posted below when scheduled)
Casey Camp Horinek, Ponca Nation Leader (Oklahoma), and member of the WECAN International Advisory Council and U.S. Steering Committee - speaking during a Rights of Nature event in New York City
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, UN climate negotiations, movement building, and long-term systematic analysis
LEARN ABOUT PAST ONLINE TRAININGS:
- Indigenous Women on the Frontlines: Report Backs and Calls To Action (2018)
- Women For Forests (2018, blog coming soon!)
- Rights of Nature: Protecting and Defending the Places We Live (2018, blog coming soon!)
- Reclaiming Our Democracy: Resistance and Renewal (2017)
- Women for Soils: Healthy Soils, Restorative Small-Scale Farming and Carbon Sequestration (2017)
- Bringing Power to the People: Women for 100% Renewable Energy (2016)
- Uplifting Rights of Nature to Protect Our Living Earth (2016)
- Direct Action and Non-Violent Civil Disobedience: Tools for Your Advocacy Work (2016)
- Health and Climate Change: What Is At Stake, What Can Be Done? (2016)
- 'We Are All Solar Sisters': Women for 100% Renewable Energy (2016)
- 'For Our Children & All Generations: Health & Climate Training Recap Day One' (2016)
- 'Health & Climate: Changing the Narrative - Training Recap Day Two' (2016)
- 'Resistance & Solutions: Women on the Frontlines Training Recap' (2016
- 'Rights of Nature & Community Rights Training Resources' (2016)
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