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

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.

Click here to read WECAN International’s response to the Trump Administration election and resultant global Women’s Marches.

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


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