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

Who We Are

The WECAN Team  |  US Steering Committee  |  Advisory Council

The WECAN Team

Osprey Orielle Lake

OSPREY ORIELLE LAKE

Founder and Executive Director

Osprey Orielle Lake is the Founder and Executive Director of the Women's Earth and Climate Action Network (WECAN) International, working nationally and internationally with grassroots and Indigenous leaders, policy-makers, and diverse coalitions to build women's leadership, climate justice, resilient communities, and a just transition to a decentralized, democratized clean energy future.

Osprey is the Co-Director of the 'Divest, Invest, Protect' campaign, and actively leads all of WECAN International's projects - from various trainings and work to shift the narrative on climate justice using a feminist lens, to engagements at United Nations climate conferences - from frontline delegations and direct actions, to campaigns such as the 'Women for Forests' program. Osprey was the visionary behind the International Women’s Earth and Climate Summit, which brought together 100 global women leaders to draft and implement a 'Women’s Climate Action Agenda', and co-founded the International Women’s Earth and Climate Initiative (IWECI), the precursor organization of WECAN International. Osprey is honored to serve on the Executive Committee for the Global Alliance for the Rights of Nature, and has been a core organizer of various International Rights of Nature Tribunals. She has served on the board of the Praxis Peace Institute and on the Steering Committee for The UN Women’s Major Group for the Rio+20 Earth Summit. Awards include National Women’s History Project Honoree, Taking The Lead To Save Our Planet, the Woman Of The Year Outstanding Achievement Award from the California Federation Of Business And Professional Women, and the Be the Dream Lifetime Achievement award. Osprey's writing has been featured in publications including The Guardian, Common Dreams, Earth Island Journal, The Ecologist, OpenDemocracy, and EcoWatch, and she is the author of the award-winning book, 'Uprisings for the Earth: Reconnecting Culture with Nature'.

Wyolah Garden

WYOLAH GARDEN

Administrative Coordinator

Wyolah has been involved with the Women's Earth and Climate Action Network (WECAN) International since its inception and is the Administrative Coordinator, responsible for office management and all financial matters. She is the Managing Partner at tax accounting firm, Kreger and Garden, where for the past 26 years, she has assisted numerous non-profits in gaining their non-profit status and filing their annual tax returns.

Emily Arasim

EMILY ARASIM

Communications Coordinator
Contact: emily@wecaninternational.org 
 
Emily Arasim is a writer, farmer, and budding educator and community organizer, born and raised in Tesuque, New Mexico. Since 2014, she has served as the Communications Coordinator for the Women's Earth and Climate Action Network, helping expand strategic platforms in media and storytelling, outreach, advocacy, and education. Emily is also active in her home region, where she is learning from the land, and working for the protection and continuation of traditional seed keeping, farming, and water stewardship practices. Emily is honored to be an El Puente Caucus Member and 2018 Los Sembradores Farm Apprentice with the New Mexico Acequia Association; a Youth Representative with Communities for Clean Water (CCW); and a 2017/18 Spiritual Ecology Fellow. Her writing and photography documenting global movements of women standing for climate justice has been published in outlets including The Ecologist, Common Dreams and EcoWatch, and her work as a young seed steward has been featured in Seed Broadcast Agri-culture Journal, and the Santa Fe Reporter. She holds a degree in International Relations and Sustainability. 
Karina Gonzalez

KARINA GONZALEZ

Women Speak Programs Coordinator

Karina Gonzalez is a Xicana born to Mexican-indigenous parents. Raised in LA’s San Fernando Valley, she found her passion for environmental justice experiencing the first-hand effects of environmental racism in LA and directly witnessing the effects of climate change in her family’s hometown in Michoacan, Mexico. She studied Environmental Studies at the University of Arizona and Forestry at Northern Arizona University. Karina has worked for Greenpeace USA, Black Mesa Water Coalition, SustainUS, and currently also works for Friends of the Earth. Karina was a recipient of the 2016 Brower Youth Award, the leading national environmental award for youth. Her work has been featured in the New York Times, the Washington Post, PBS, and other news sources.

Michelle Cook

MICHELLE COOK

Founder and Co-Director Divest, Invest, Protect Campaign

Michelle Cook J.D. (Diné/Navajo) is the founder and co-director of the Divest Invest Protect campaign. She is an indigenous human rights lawyer and a commissioner on the Navajo Human Rights Commission, and is currently a SJD candidate at the University of Arizona's Indigenous Peoples Law and Policy Program. She is writing her dissertation on financial institutions, indigenous people’s human rights, gender, and indigenous transnationalism. She has worked with the Water Protector Legal Collective, the on the ground legal team which provides legal services to those arrested at the Standing Rock encampment. She advocates for indigenous human rights internationally.

Senior Advisors

Sally A. Ranney

SALLY A. RANNEY

Senior Advisor and Advisory Council Member, and Co-Founder of the International Women’s Earth and Climate Initiative (IWECI) the precursor for WECAN International

Sally is Senior Advisor and Advisory Council member of WECAN, Co-Founder of IWECI, and Founder/ President of Earth Restoration Alliance. She has 30 years of professional national and international experience in land, water, energy, sustainability, and biodiversity policy and management. She is President of American Renewable Energy Institute (AREI), Sally served as Co-Director of the Institute's AREDAY Summit for three years and was instrumental in designing and building the Summit into one of the most respected renewable energy conferences in the U.S. She is CEO of Stillwater Preservation LLC, a wetlands- mitigation banking company and serves as an Advisor to P4P Energy, an innovative solar energy company. A former Resource Policy Analyst for The Wilderness Society, Sally was appointed by President Reagan to serve on the President’s Commission on American Outdoors. Sally worked on the Clinton transition team, and created a youth conservation corps, which informed the framework for AmeriCorps. Sally is currently on the Advisory Board for The iMatter Campaign, an international youth-led climate change action campaign and was a founding board member of the Grand Canyon Trust, Lighthawk, and the Natural Step USA. Co-founder and President of American Wildlands, Sally developed Corridors of Life, the first large GIS mapping project undertaken by a U.S. NGO. She is a Patron of Nature for the IUCN, a moderator, and co-founder of A Matter of Degree Media.

Casey Camp-Horinek

CASEY CAMP-HORINEK

Special Projects Advisor

Advisory Council Member

Councilwoman Casey Camp-Horinek of the Ponca Nation is a community leader, long-time Native rights activist, environmentalist and actress. As traditional Drumkeeper for the Ponca Pa-tha-ta, Woman’s Scalp Dance Society, Camp-Horinek helps maintain the cultural identity of the Ponca Nation of Oklahoma for herself, her family and her community. She has been at the forefront of grassroots community efforts to educate and empower both Native and non-Native community members on environmental and civil rights issues. In April of 2008 Camp-Horinek, as a delegate of the Indigenous Environmental Network (IEN), was chosen to speak to the United Nations Permanent Forum on indigenous Issues and present IEN’s global platform regarding the environment and Native rights. Since then, she has raised her voice and taken action in countless forums across the world. Casey serves as WECAN's Special Programs Advisor, and is an honored member of the WECAN International Advisory Council and US Women’s Climate Justice Initiative.

Regional Coordinators

Neema Namadamu

NEEMA NAMADAMU

WECAN Democratic Republic of Congo Coordinator

Neema Namadamu is a visionary peacemaker from Bukavu, South Kivu Province in Eastern Democratic Republic of Congo, where she advocates for peace, women’s rights, rights for persons with disabilities, rights for Indigenous pygmy peoples, and Rights of Nature.

She is Founder and Director of SAFECO, the Synergy of Congolese Women’s Associations and Maman Shujaa: Hero Women of the Congo, through which she has a established a media center for Congolese women to make their voices heard on the range of issues affecting their country. Neema also serves as WECAN International’s Coordinator in the Democratic Republic of Congo. As WECAN DRC Coordinator, Neema leads workshops and trainings with local women to address deforestation, build women’s leadership, support Traditional Ecologic Knowledge, and protect the rich ecosystems of the Itombwe rainforest. In June of 2012 Neema was selected as one of three World Pulse journalists for their annual Live Tour of the U.S., where she spoke before the U.S. Department of State, the Clinton Global Initiative, and was interviewed by CNN.

FADOUA BROUR, IMENE HADJER BOUCHAIR & SOUMEYA LERARI

WECAN Co-Coordinators for the Middle East/North African Region

FadouaFadoua Brour is a climate change Activist from Morocco. She is National Coordinator of “Arab Youth Climate Movement” and President Founder of “Moroccan Youth Climate Movement” a non-profit organization that works to create a generation-wide movement to solve the Climate Crisis and promote the role of youth and women in the sustainable development process.

Fadoua works on sustainable development and Climate Change issues across the MENA Region and Morocco in particular by organizing caravans, conferences, campaigns, Workshops and trainings in favor of Youth and women in order to build their capacities in terms of Sensitization, Mobilization and Leadership techniques and also the environmental advocacy process. Her aim is to drive formal and informal climate and environmental education, building the capacity of local populations to understand the effects of climate change on their communities and to take action.

Imene Hadjer Bouchair is an Environmental Activist From Constantine, East Algeria. She has graduated with a Masters Degree in Environmental Engineering and is very active in social issues. She is Co-founder and member of many NGOs and networks in Algeria and abroad. Imene is the leader of the Regional Campaigns and Events planning team of the Arab Youth Climate Movement (AYCM). Imene believes Climate Change is a global issue that should be tackled as a priority in her region and asserts that women’s leadership in the Sustainable Development process is essential.

Soumeya Lerari is an activist from Algeria, focused in Environmental, Social and Women’s rights issues. She has been living in Spain for the past 6 years where she graduated with a Bachelor degree in International Business and a trilingual Masters Degree in European and International Business Management. She joined WECAN in 2014 after completing the MENA regional online training. Since which time she has engaged more actively in environmental activism and represented WECAN at the Mediterranean Youth Climate Forum in Morocco in 2016, and is currently participating in the creation of the Mediterranean Youth Climate Network as a WECAN MENA representative. She participated in many international youth events that aim at enhancing international youth cooperation and treat topics like the Sustainable Development Goals. Soumeya also runs a bilingual blog on Women's rights and Feminism called "Kalimate Blog". Soumeya is convinced of the necessity of putting women and girls in the heart of the fight against climate change, especially in the MENA region. She also believes that regional and international cooperation and solidarity is a crucial part into creating a more juste, fair and sustainable world for all of us.

Wanda Culp

WANDA CULP

WECAN Coordinator in the Tongass Region, Alaska

Wanda “Kashudoha” Loescher Culp is an Indigenous Tlingit activist, advocate, and hunter, fisher and gatherer of wild foods, born and raised in Juneau, and living in Hoonah, Alaska. She is the mother of three children, and is recognized as a storyteller, cultural interpreter, playwright, and co-producer of the film Walking in Two Worlds. As of 2016, Wanda has united with WECAN as a Regional Coordinator, revitalizing initiatives to protect the Tongass Rainforest and the traditional rights and lifeways of the regions Indigenous peoples.

Volunteers

Angelica Spearwoman

ANGELICA SPEARWOMAN

Social Media Intern

Angelica Spearwoman is an Ecofeminist, women's rights activist, poet, and healer based in the Bay Area. She recently received her BA in International Political Economy, Spanish, and Global Development Studies from the University of Puget Sound. After completing her undergraduate degree, Angelica was awarded a Thomas J. Watson Fellowship and spent one year engaged with communities in Nicaragua, Australia, Palau, India, and Spain, examining ecofeminism, women’s rights, environmental activism, and more. She has interned for incredible women's rights organizations, including, Equal Rights Advocates, Our Sisters' House, and Catherine Place. She believes that this is a time of great awakening on our planet and that women especially are coming together to reclaim our rightful place and bring back sacredness and devotion into our daily lives. Angelica knows that women are rising, gathering, and healing all around the world, not just for ourselves, but for our Mother Earth and for all our relations. Angelica's core values are, above all, honoring and respecting that which gives life, mainly the seed and the womb. She is honored to be the Social Media and Web Intern for WECAN

Maria del Rosario Grima Algora

MARIA DEL ROSARIO GRIMA ALGORA

Projects Researcher

Rosario studied a double degree in Law and Political Science at Universidad Autonoma of Madrid, Spain and a Master of Laws (LLM), with a specialization on human rights law, at the London School of Economics and Political Science. She has experience working on human rights and gender, with civil society organizations and at international organizations such as the European Union Delegation to the United Nations (New York), where she mainly focused on indigenous peoples and women’s human rights. She is currently a fellow at ICO where she is researching on: Indigenous women’s voices in decision-making as a means to self-determination.

Keala Carter

KEALA CARTER

Originally from Kauai, Hawaii with deep roots to the islands anchored in the Native Hawaiian culture of her grandfather and the blended plantation culture of her Portuguese grandmother, Keala’s attention is drawn to the linkages between environment, place and culture. The 2016 Presidential election in the U.S. made it clear to her that she could not be an effective advocate without standing arm-in-arm with other women committed to disruption. She sees women as the only culturally relevant solution to solving the climate dilemma and recalibrating the balance of global power to a kind yet pragmatic equilibrium where all species have the opportunity to thrive. Prior to joining WECAN International, Keala served as a policy aide for a U.S. Senator developing and advocating policies for environmental sustainability and Native sovereignty. She was a delegate at the Native Hawaiian Constitutional Convention in 2016 and lobbied strongly for the return of power to the maka'ainana or “people that live on the land.” She applies her Master’s degree in Environmental Law & Policy to analyze problems but prefers to find solutions by listening and is most fulfilled when empowering others.

U.S Women's Climate Justice Initiative Steering Committee


Casey Camp-Horinek

CASEY CAMP-HORINEK

Plese see biography under the WECAN Core Team section.

Jacqueline Patterson

JACQUELINE PATTERSON

Jacqueline Patterson is the Director of the NAACP Environmental and Climate Justice Programme and coordinator and co-founder of Women of Color United. She works as a global women’s rights consultant, researcher, program manager, coordinator, and activist on issues of women‘s rights, violence against women, HIV/AIDS, racial justice, economic justice, and environmental and climate justice.  Jacqueline serves on the Advisory Committee for the Grandmother Project, the Steering Committee of the Interfaith Moral Action on Climate Change, the Board of Directors for the Institute of the Black World and the US Climate Action Network, the Executive Committee for the Congressional Black Caucus Foundation Alumni Network, and the Coordination Team of the Gender Justice Working Group of the US Social Forum.

Previously, Jacqueline served as a Senior Women’s Rights Policy Analyst for ActionAid, where she worked to build a women’s rights lens on issues of food rights, macroeconomics, and climate change, as well as on the intersection of HIV/AIDS and violence against women. Additionally, she has worked as Assistant Vice-President of HIV/AIDS Programs for IMA World Health, providing management and technical support to medical facilities in 23 countries in Africa and the Caribbean, as a Research Coordinator for Johns Hopkins University, and as a US Peace Corps Jamaica volunteer.

Jacqueline is the author of many powerful publications, including “Climate Change is a Civil Rights Issue,” “Gulf Oil Drilling Disaster: Gendered Layers of Impact,” “Disasters, Climate Change Uproot Women of Color,” and “Equity in Disasters: Civil and Human Rights Challenges in the Context of Emergency Events,” a chapter in the book Building Community Resilience Post-Disaster.

Jacqueline Patterson holds a master’s degree in social work from the University of Maryland and a master’s degree in public health from Johns Hopkins University.

Pennie Opal Plant

PENNIE OPAL PLANT

Pennie Opal Plant, (Yaqui, Mexican, English, Dutch, Choctaw, Cherokee and Algonquin Ancestry),has been an activist for over 30 years, working on anti-nuclear, environmental, and indigenous rights campaigns. Pennieis a founding member of Idle No More Bay Area California, working ceaselessly to address climate change, fossil fuel extraction, and environmental injustice in and around her community. She has been central to organizing education and resistance efforts related to the Chevron refinery in Richmond, California, and is part of the team arranging and leading Refinery Corridor Healing Walks to expose toxic sites in the area and promote healing and unity amongst affected communities. Pennie is a founding member of the Bay Area Rights of Nature Alliance and, since 2005, a lecturer of Democracy School with the Community Environmental Legal Defense Fund. In 2014, Pennie participated in the International Summit on the Rights of Nature in Quito, Ecuador.

Pennie Opal Plant is also a Co-Founder of Movement Rights, a powerful organization working to support communities confronted with harmful corporate projects assert their right to protect and direct the future of their community by passing new laws that place the rights of residents and the Earth above corporations. She is also the creator and owner of Gathering Tribes, a gallery and network promoting the work of Indigenous artisans of the Americas.

Harriet Shugarman

HARRIET SHUGARMAN

Harriet Shugarman is the Founder and Executive Director of ClimateMama, an organization seeking to educate and inspire families to understand climate change and take tangible steps to build a healthy world for their children and future generations. Previously, Harriet Shugarman worked as a policy analyst and economist with the Alberta, British Columbia, and Ontario governments in Canada, and later with the International Monetary Fund as the Special Assistant to the Director of the United Nations Office in New York. She has worked at most of the large United Nations international conference, including the first UN Earth Summit. In 2007, Harriet was selected to participate in a training program led by Former Vice President Al Gore and sponsored by The Climate Reality Project. She received direct training from Al Gore on climate change and how to educate the public about this critical issue, and was inspired to found ClimateMama soon thereafter.

Harriet is the Chair of her town's Environmental Commission and Green Team, teaches Climate Change Policy at a liberal arts college, serves as a Mentor for the Climate Reality Project, and writes on climate change policy for a wide variety of publications including MSNBC, Health Child Health World, and Modern Parenthood. She serves on the board of the Mothers Project, Mothers for Sustainable Energy, The Barack Obama Green Charter High School, and Air-Soil-Water.

Harriet is proud to be one of the 1,253 people arrested in Washington DC in 2011, fighting 'the good fight' to stop the Keystone XL Pipeline. She continues to work fighting local pipelines in her area, and the fossil fuel infrastructure and waste that accompany them. Harriet Shugarman holds a BA in Economics and International Relations from the University of British Columbia and an MBA from the Thunderbird School of Global Management.

Trish Weber

TRISH WEBER

Trish Weber is a climate activist who lives in Corvallis Oregon.  She has extensive experience working with opposition groups fighting expansion of the Alberta tar sands, with a specific emphasis on supporting and allying with Canadian First Nations and other indigenous-led organizations.  She served as co-leader of the Women Donors Network Earth Circle from 2009-2014, and also served on the WDN Board of Directors from 2012-2014.  In 2010 she co-founded "All Against the Haul", a grassroots coalition which successfully prevented ExxonMobil from construction an industrial supply transportation corridor through pristine mountains in Idaho and Montana.  She holds a BSEE from Montana State University. Prior to her activism work, she spent 25 years working as a professional engineer and land use planner. 

Advisory Council


Jane Goodall, Ph.D., DBE, United Kingdom

JANE GOODALL, PH.D., DBE, UNITED KINGDOM

Founder, the Jane Goodall Institute & UN Messenger of Peace

In July 1960, Jane Goodall began her landmark study of chimpanzee behavior in what is now Tanzania. Her work at Gombe Stream would become the foundation of future primatological research and redefine the relationship between humans and animals.

In 1977, Dr. Goodall established the Jane Goodall Institute, which continues the Gombe research and is a global leader in the effort to protect chimpanzees and their habitats. The Institute is widely recognized for innovative, community-centered conservation and development programs in Africa and for Jane Goodall’s Roots & Shoots, its global environmental and humanitarian youth program.

Dr. Goodall founded Roots & Shoots with a group of Tanzanian students in 1991. Today, Roots & Shoots connects hundreds of thousands of youth in more than 120 countries who take action to make the world a better place for people, animals and the environment.

Dr. Goodall travels an average of 300 days per year, speaking about the threats facing chimpanzees, other environmental crises, and her reasons for hope that humankind will solve the problems it has imposed on the earth.

Dr. Goodall’s honors include the French Legion of Honor, the Medal of Tanzania, and Japan’s prestigious Kyoto Prize. In 2002, Dr. Goodall was appointed to serve as a United Nations Messenger of Peace and, in 2003, was named a Dame of the British Empire.

For more information about Dr. Goodall and the work of the Jane Goodall Institute, please visit www.janegoodall.org.

Photo Credit: David S. Holloway

Dr. Vandana Shiva, India

DR. VANDANA SHIVA, INDIA

Dr. Vandana Shiva is a physicist, philosopher, environmental activist and eco feminist. She is the founder and director of Navdanya Research Foundation for Science, Technology, and Ecology in New Delhi. She is author of numerous books including, Soil Not Oil: Environmental Justice in an Age of Climate CrisisStolen Harvest: The Hijacking of the Global Food SupplyEarth Democracy: Justice, Sustainability, and Peace; and Staying Alive: Women, Ecology, and Development. Shiva has also served as an adviser to governments in India and abroad as well as NGOs, including the International Forum on Globalization, the Women’s Environment and Development Organization and the Third World Network. She has received numerous awards, including 1993 Right Livelihood Award (Alternative Nobel Prize) and the 2010 Sydney Peace Prize.

Naomi Klein, Canada

NAOMI KLEIN, CANADA

Naomi Klein is an award-winning journalist, syndicated columnist and author of the New York Times and international bestsellers, No is Not Enough: Resisting Trump’s Shock Politics and Winning the World We Need (2017), This Changes Everything: Capitalism vs The Climate (2014), The Shock Doctrine: The Rise of Disaster Capitalism(2007) and No Logo (2000). Since This Changes Everything was published, Klein’s focus has been on putting its ideas into action. She is one of the organizers and authors of Canada's Leap Manifesto, a blueprint for a rapid and justice-based transition off fossil fuels. The Leap has been endorsed by over 200 organizations, tens of thousands of individuals, and has inspired similar climate justice initiatives around the world. Klein is a member of the board of directors for climate-action group 350.org. In 2015, she was invited to speak at the Vatican to help launch Pope Francis’s historic encyclical on ecology, Laudato si’. Klein is the Senior Correspondent for The Intercept. She is also a Puffin Foundation Writing Fellow of The Nation Institute and contributor to the Nation Magazine. Recent articles have also appeared in The New York Times, The New Yorker, The Boston Globe, The Guardian, the London Review of Books, Harper’s Bazaar, and Le Monde.

Rosemary Olive Mbone Enie, Cameroon

ROSEMARY OLIVE MBONE ENIE, CAMEROON

Rosemary Olive Mbone Enie is a Cameroonian Geologist and Gender Ambassador with the Gender and Water Alliance (GWA) of the Netherlands. She is the Founder/CEO and President of the Society for Women Empowerment Education and Training (SWEET) Africa Foundation and the Executive Director of Cameroon Vision Trust. For over 20 years she has been actively working in the field of sustainable development and environmental management at grassroots levels in Cameroon, Nigeria, Ghana, South Africa, Kenya, Liberia and beyond. WECC is working in partnership with Rosemary in her Directorship of the Women’s Environmental Climate Action Network in West Africa and in establishing the First Ladies Action on Climate Change (FLACC), Africa. Rosemary was instrumental in the renaming of the organization from IWECI to WECAN, which the entire WECAN team appreciates and celebrates!

Casey Camp-Horinek, PONCA USA

CASEY CAMP-HORINEK, PONCA USA

Plese see biography under the WECAN Core Team section.

Thilmeeza Hussain, Maldives

THILMEEZA HUSSAIN, MALDIVES

Thilmeeza Hussain is a lecturer of sustainability and global warming and an environmentalist. She is the founder of Voice of Women (VoW – www.voiceofwomen.org) Maldives, she sits on the advisory board of Women’s Earth Climate Action Network and is also a member of Climate Wise Women, global platforms promoting women’s leadership on climate change.

Thilmeeza was serving as the Deputy Permanent Representative (DPR) of the Republic of the Maldives to United Nations from 2009 until 2012 when the first democratically elected government was toppled. During her term at the UN, she had the sustainable development portfolio and led the Maldives on environmental and climate change issues. She was amongst the voice of a new generation of women in the developing world who see climate change as the fundamental challenge for their future as well as a key platform for leadership. During the time she was also accredited as the non-residential Deputy Ambassador to the United States and Canada.

Before serving as the DPR, she served as the Minister of State for Home Affairs – North Province and was among the team of young, enthusiastic members of the first democratically elected government in the country. She worked extensively with the decentralization process and was also in charge of the establishment of North Province Office. When Thilmeeza resigned following the coup d’état that overthrew the government she was seven months pregnant, today she is a proud mother of a five-year-old boy. She continues to serve on the Foreign Relations Committee for the Maldivian Democratic Party; a party committed to restoring democracy in the Maldives. Her motto: Dream big, work hard.

Jody Williams, USA

JODY WILLIAMS, USA

Jody Williams is a  Nobel Peace Prize Laureate  and Chair of the Nobel Women's Initiative (USA). She received the Nobel Peace Prize in 1997 for her work to ban landmines through the International Campaign to Ban Landmines, which shared the Peace Prize with her that year. At that time, she became the 10th woman - and third American woman - in its almost 100-year history to receive the Prize.  Since her protests of the Vietnam War, she has been a life-long advocate of freedom, self-determination and human and civil rights. Since January of 2006, Jody Williams has worked toward those ends through the Nobel Women's Initiative, which she chairs.  Along with sister Nobel Laureate Dr. Shirin Ebadi of Iran, she took the lead in establishing the Nobel Women’s Initiative.  They were joined at that time by sister Nobel Laureates Wangari Maathai (Kenya), Rigoberta Menchu Tum (Guatemala) and Betty Williams and Mairead Maguire (Northern Ireland). The Initiative uses the prestige of the Nobel Peace Prize and the influence and access of the women Nobel Laureates themselves to support and amplify the efforts of women around the world working for sustainable peace with justice and equality. Her new memoir on life as a grassroots activist, My Name is Jody Williams:  A Vermont Girl’s Winding Path to the Nobel Peace Prize, will be released by the University of California Press in March 2013. 

Nina Simons, USA

NINA SIMONS, USA

Nina Simons is an award-winning social entrepreneur and visionary thinker. In 1990, she co-founded Bioneers (www.bioneers.org) with her husband and partner, Kenny Ausubel. As President, she has helped to lead the organization through 23 years of identifying, gathering and disseminating breakthrough innovations that reveal a positive and life-honoring future that’s within our grasp, today. Nina’s work currently focuses on writing, speaking and teaching about women, leadership, diversity, nature, systems thinking and restoring the feminine in us all. She co-created the Cultivating Women’s Leadership residential trainings.

Nina co-edited the anthology, Moonrise: The Power of Women Leading from the Heart, which contains 30 inspiring essays by over 40 contributors, who collectively help to redefine the leadership landscape.

Carmen Caprilles, Bolivia

CARMEN CAPRILLES, BOLIVIA

Carmen Capriles of La Paz, Bolivia started Reacción Climática in 2010, as a volunteer organization which aims to raise awareness about the impacts of climate change on the Andean region. She has actively participated in different UN processes like the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, and the Paris Agreement, with special emphasis on women's rights and gender equality - and most recently in the Escazú Agreement, advocating for Environmental Defenders. Carmen holds a degree from Bolivia as an Engineer in Agriculture, as well as a degree in Sustainable Rural Development from Egypt. She is an honored member of WECAN International's Advisory Council.

May Boeve, USA

MAY BOEVE, USA

May Boeve is the Executive Director and Co-Founder of 350.org, an international climate change campaign. On October 24, 2009, 350.org coordinated the most widespread day of political action in history, with more than 5,200 events in 181 countries all conveying the message: 350, the safe level of CO2 in the atmosphere. Previously, May co-founded and helped lead the “Step It Up” 2007 campaign, which helped to change the debate about global warming policy in the United States by combining the efforts of over 200 partner organizations. May was the recipient of the Brower Youth Award in 2006 and is the co-author of Fight Global Warming Now. She has spoken about the climate challenge in Greece, Spain, Denmark, Poland, and throughout the U.S.

Dr. Sylvia Earle, USA

DR. SYLVIA EARLE, USA

Sylvia Earle, called "Her Deepness" by the New Yorker and the first "Hero for the Planet," is an oceanographer, explorer, author, lecturer and scientist. She is executive director for several corporate and nonprofit organizations, including the Aspen Institute, the Conservation Fund, American Rivers, and others. Former chief scientist of NOAA, Earle is founder of the Mission Blue Foundation. She has a B.S., an M.S., Ph.D. and 15 honorary degrees. She has authored more than 150 publications, lectured in over 60 countries, and appeared in hundreds of TV productions. Earle is the author of Sea Change: A Message of the Oceans and co-author of Ocean: An Illustrated Atlas. Earle has led over 60 expeditions and logged more than 6,000 hours underwater, including leading the first team of women aquanauts in 1970. She has a record for solo diving to a depth of 1,000 meters.

Melina Laboucan-Massimo, First Nations, Canada

MELINA LABOUCAN-MASSIMO, FIRST NATIONS, CANADA

Melina Laboucan-Massimo is a long-time Indigenous and environmental activist. Since 2009, Melina has been working as a tar sands campaigner for Greenpeace Canada. She also works with the Indigenous Environmental Network. Melina is a Lubicon Cree from Northern Alberta who knows the reality of the oil sands too well. Having grown up in the oil sands region, she witnessed first-hand the impacts of oil sands development on her Nation’s people, culture, and land. She now spends most of her days traveling inside Canada and around the world to share her their stories and realities with a larger audience.

Kandi Mossett, Mandan, Hidatsa, Arikara, USA

KANDI MOSSETT, MANDAN, HIDATSA, ARIKARA, USA

Kandi Mossett has emerged as a leading voice in the fight to bring visibility to the impacts that climate change and environmental injustice are having on Indigenous communities across North America. After completing her Master’s Degree in Environmental Management, Ms. Mossett began her work with the Indigenous Environmental as the Tribal Campus Climate Challenge Coordinator, engaging with more than 30 tribal colleges to instate community based environmental programs, discuss issues of socio-ecologic injustice, and connect indigenous youth with green jobs. She currently serves as the IEN’s Lead Organizer on the Extreme Energy & Just Transition Campaign, focusing at present on creating awareness about the environmentally & socially devastating effects of hydraulic fracturing on tribal lands. Her local work is complemented by international advocacy work, including participation in several UN Forums and a testimony before the U.S. Congress on the climate issue and its links to issues of health, identity, and well being on tribal lands. Kandi’s message is: “Above all, fight to protect all life; be a voice for all those that can’t speak and never give up hope.” Always remember, “You’re not guaranteed change when you make your voice heard against injustice; but you’re guaranteed to fail if you remain silent.”

Jensine Larsen, USA

JENSINE LARSEN, USA

Jensine Larsen is an unstoppable, award-winning social media entrepreneur, speaker and visionary. Jensine is the founder of World Pulse, a digital communication network connecting women worldwide and bringing them a global voice. Today World Pulse is powered by tens of thousands of women from more than 190 countries, including those from villages using internet cafes and cell phones, collectively improving the lives of 2.2 million people. For over a decade Jensine has made it her job to listen to women on the ground around the world. She is a frequent speaker on how social media and technological innovation is a powerful accelerator for women’s global empowerment.

Bridget Burns, USA

BRIDGET BURNS, USA

Bridget has a Master’s Degree in Gender, Development, and Globalisation from the London School of Economics. At WEDO, Bridget’s work focuses on women’s leadership and capacity building in addition to research and coordination support on sustainable development and climate change work. She also spends part of her time on communications: managing the website, listserv, and social media tools as well as drafting newsletters and press releases.

Prior to WEDO, she worked at LEAD International in London, a global non-profit dedicated to advancing leadership for sustainable development. There she managed the global LEAD Fellow’s network, coordinated the LEAD Europe program, and supported leadership training in a number of different countries. In 2009 she became certified in training on gender and climate change from the IUCN/GGCA. She is also a certified youth trainer. Bridget is a graduate of Marist College.

 
Kelly Rigg, Netherlands

KELLY RIGG, NETHERLANDS

Kelly Rigg, is founding director and business manager of the Varda Group, specialised in managing large international campaigns and projects. Leading the Deep Sea Conservation Coalition from 2004-2009, and the Global Campaign for Climate Action (GCCA) from 2009-2014, Rigg has a history of guiding successful campaigns. The deep-sea coalition ran a multi-year campaign to achieve a UN General Assembly moratorium on high seas bottom trawling. The GCCA is a large alliance behind the tcktcktck campaign, set up to promote international climate action. Rigg has developed campaign or communication strategies for numerous projects and organizations and served on the State Department Advisory panel on Antarctica, and on the Board of the Washington-based Coast Alliance. She served on the Board of Directors of Greenpeace USA, the Antarctic and Southern Ocean Coalition (ASOC), and the European Union for Coastal Conservation (EUCC). She has produced countless publications and has a blog on the Huffington Post.

Laura Turner Seydel, USA

LAURA TURNER SEYDEL, USA

Laura Turner Seydel is an international environmental advocate and eco-living expert dedicated to creating a healthy and sustainable future for our children. Laura is chairperson of the Captain Planet Foundation which promotes hands-on environmental education projects worldwide. She works with the Environmental Working Group to limit the toxic chemicals in food, air, water and consumer products. She also co-founded Mothers and Others for Clean Air and Chattahoochee Riverkeeper. Laura serves on her family’s foundation boards including The Turner Foundation, Jane Smith Turner Foundation, the Turner Endangered Species Fund, and Ted’s Montana Grill. She also serves on national boards including League of Conservation Voters, Defenders of Wildlife, Waterkeeper Alliance, the Carter Center Board of Councilors, as well as serving on the advisory board for the Green Schools Alliance and Ray C. Anderson Foundation. She is also a member of the Rotary Club of Downtown Atlanta. Laura lives with her husband and her three children in their home, EcoManor, the first LEED certified Gold residence in the southeastern United States.

Dr. Katherine Hayhoe, USA

DR. KATHERINE HAYHOE, USA

Dr. Katharine Hayhoe is an atmospheric scientist who studies climate change.  An expert reviewer for the Nobel Peace Prize-winning Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, she has been dedicated to discovering and communicating the realities of a changing climate to those who will be affected most by it.  Dr. Hayhoe is also an associate professor in the Department of Political Scienceat Texas Tech University. Dr. Hayhoe develops new ways to quantify the potential impacts of human activities at the regional scale. As founder and CEO of ATMOS Research, she also bridges the gap between scientists and stakeholders to provide relevant, state-of-the-art information on how climate change will affect our lives to a broad range of non-profit, industry and government clients. Dr. Hayhoe has published over 50 peer-reviewed publications and reports including the upcoming 2013 U.S. National Climate Assessment

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