Climate Education, Movement Voices And Changing Cultural Narratives

/Climate Education, Movement Voices And Changing Cultural Narratives


3 09, 2020

What Should We Know About Wildfires In California

2020-09-09T22:57:12-04:00Tags: |

This Greenpeace article lists trends impacting the occurrence of both forest and wildland fires today and solutions to those trends. The climate crisis is fueling extreme weather events, including an exceptionally dry winter and record-breaking heat waves which leave more dried up wildland vegetation to kindle the fires.  Despite this, the Trump Administration and the logging industry regularly use wildfires as opportunities to make the case for more logging under the guise of fuels reduction and fire prevention. Photo Credit: 2016 Erskine Fire in Central California, © US Forest Service

13 08, 2020

The Women Battling Wildfires And Breaking Barriers In The American Wilderness

2020-09-09T19:33:02-04:00Tags: |

Hannah Gross is one of 10,000 female wild land firefighters in the United States. In this historically male-dominated field women often face implicit bias, sexism, and gatekeepers who didn’t make them welcome.  Various initiatives have been created to increase the number of women in fire, foster their leadership capabilities, and improve their operational confidence in the field. Thanks to some of these initiatives women are  present in every facet of the wildland fire world. Photo Credit: Alex Potter

24 07, 2020

Rice Production Necessitates Women Farmers

2020-09-18T17:28:40-04:00Tags: |

Women in Guyana are becoming a larger force in rice production, the country producing the most rice per capita in the world. When given access to the same resources as men, such as water and land ownership, these women farmers can help reduce poverty and improve nutrition.  In order to meet the increasing global demand for rice, it is imperative that climate change vulnerabilities and gender inequalities are simultaneously addressed. Photo credit: Tanja Lieuw

4 07, 2020

Climate Justice In The Time Of COVID-19: 5 Lessons From Women And Girls Leading The Fight

2020-09-08T22:13:16-04:00Tags: |

During the World Skull Forum, an intergenerational and intercultural panel of women climate activists hosted a webinar on the lessons we can learn during the COVID-19 crisis in order to pave the way for a green recovery and a just transition. Notwithstanding its drastic negative impacts, the current pandemic has also proven the capability of the global community for changing behaviour quickly and profoundly in the face of a serious crisis. Therefore, the panelists urged for the climate crisis to be taken just as seriously, underlining the importance of science and traditional knowledge, human behaviour and collaboration. Photo Credit: Skoll Foundation & Rockefeller Foundation

23 03, 2020

Coronavirus Holds Key Lessons On How To Fight Climate Change

2020-09-08T21:31:05-04:00Tags: |

Similar to the COVID-19 outbreak, the climate change crisis could have also been avoided, but will now require urgent action.  This provides leaders with the unique opportunity to acknowledge the importance of steep learning curves and swift action when combating climate change. According to climate experts, the coronavirus pandemic has provided a slight dip in greenhouse gas emissions, but aside from the decline of work commutes, business travel, and international trade, many of these effects are temporary.  The pandemic and climate change must be solved together: stimulus measures for COVID-19 economic strains should invest in climate change solutions, and governments need to encourage societal behavior shifts through political measures that support their residents. Photo credit: Salvatore Laporta / Kontrolab / Lightrocket via Getty Images

13 04, 2019

GirlTrek: When Black Women Walk, Things Change

2019-04-13T16:36:26-04:00Tags: |

Morgan Dixon is the co-founder of ‘GirlTrek’, a national help organization addressing the disproportionate effects of the current health crisis in African American women. Starting with 530 women in their first year, the organization has since grown to about 100,000 African American women who walk together every day. Together the women of ‘GirlTrek’ not only boost their own physical health, they also improve the health of their families and communities while reshaping the narrative around health for women of color. Video Credit: National Sierra Club

12 03, 2019

The Untold Story Of Women In The Zapatistas

2019-04-13T16:02:00-04:00Tags: |

Victoria Law is a journalist who spent 6 years with the Zapatista movement in Southern Mexico and published Compañeras: Zapatista Women’s Stories. She gives an overview of the Zapatistas, the influence women have in the movement and the impact the movement has had on their lives. The Zapatistas began organizing in the 80s and declared war on the state of Mexico in 1994, on the exact day the NATO the free trade agreement began.  Since then the movement is renowned for the peaceful protests, indigenous organization, and their autonomy. Women have played a key role in the Zapatista communities accomplishing a drastic reduction of violence against women, the prohibition of alcohol (connected to abuse), the freedom to participate and lead in politics, and autonomy over their lives. Victoria sheds light to many things that can be learned from the organization of the Zapatistas and the key role that women continue to play in their liberation and in the liberation of their people. Photo Credit: Mr. Thelkan

28 02, 2019

Osprey Orielle Lake: Women Rising For The Earth

2020-04-24T16:36:50-04:00Tags: |

In this article, Women’s Earth and Climate Action Network (WECAN) executive director Osprey Orielle Lake reflects on the broad and interwoven relationship between women and climate change. Citing activists such as Phyllis Young and Dr. Vandana Shiva, Lake connects the experience of each activist to global climate justice trends and movements. Lake also discusses the climate crisis as it is linked to systems of oppression and patterns of abuse against women and nature. While they are among the most vulnerable populations affected by climate chaos, women also offer the most hope for the future. Photo Credit: Emily Arasim/WECAN

1 11, 2018

These Climate Change Emojis Are Peak 2018

2020-09-03T00:06:03-04:00Tags: |

Marina Zurkow, an environmental artist and professor at New York University designed emoji’s that reflect the current and upcoming state of climate change. These “climoji’s” are made to shift people’s consciousness and normalize talking about climate change. These sticker sets are available for apple and android users. Climoji demonstrates how popular culture can connect audiences to difficult issues wordlessly, emotionally and with humor.  Photo Credit: Climoj

18 10, 2018

Why A Farmworker’s Daughter Interrupted Governor Brown At The Global Climate Action Summit

2019-04-13T16:39:10-04:00Tags: |

At the 2018 Global Climate Action Summit in San Francisco California, Niria Alicia stood up and sang out in protest to Governor Jerry Brown’s refusal to take action against oil and gas companies. In this piece, Niria describes why she joined eight other young people in singing the Women’s Warrior Song as an act of resistance at the summit. Niria sites her own identity as an Indigenous woman, and daughter of a farmworker to poignantly explain the consequences of fossil fuel divestment. Photo credit: Niria Alicia

15 10, 2018

We, The Industrialized Ones, And The International Rights Of Nature

2018-12-19T17:26:25-05:00Tags: |

In 2008, Ecuador re-thought its democracy and included “Rights of Nature” in its constitution. Following in these footsteps, Shannon Biggs (United States), Casey Camp-Horinek (Ponca Nation, United States), Pella Thiel (Sweden), Pablo Solón (Bolivia) and Henny Freitas (Brazil) have also started the process to incorporate the Rights of Nature into national legal frameworks. Mari Margil, associate director of the U.S. Community Environmental Legal Defense Fund, helped draft state-wide legislation, the first of its kind in the world. Pablo Solon, an environmental and social activist as well as former ambassador of the United Nations, acknowledges that nature helps humans be more humane. Similarly, Patricia Gualinga, former director of Sarayaku Kichwa Native People’s head of international relations, views nature as an actor in democracy rather as an outside subject. Photo Credit: Hugo Pavon/Universidad Andina

31 05, 2018

Marion Nestle Looks Back At 30 Years Of Agitating For Better Food

2020-09-02T22:31:18-04:00Tags: |

Marion Nestle, an NYU professor in nutrition and an influential voice in food advocacy, has been working in changing the landscape of the food system for the past thirty years. A pioneer of the Food Studies program at NYU, this interdisciplinary field looks at food through a political lens throughout its course of production, consumption, and waste. For her, there exists so much confusion about what people should eat because of the power dynamics at play with agribusiness aiming to sell as much as possible at the lowest cost. Despite the consumer ‘movement’ influencing what companies put into their foods, top-down change is required to deal with systematic issues such as hunger. It is this sort of regulation that is extremely lacking in the Trump administration’s food policies. Whilst the food movement is fragmented in terms of goals and issues at stake, Nestle is optimistic with the role that young people can play in food advocacy, especially at a local level. Photo Credit: Bill Hayes.

30 05, 2018

Mother Justice Is Environmental Justice

2019-04-13T15:42:56-04:00Tags: |

Low to moderate income families and families of color often take on a disproportionate energy burden, sacrificing funds that would otherwise be used on food or medical expenses, to pay for utility bills. Energy companies do little to nothing to help ease this burden. And more time than not, these communities are in areas that are poorly maintained and plagued by pollution. In fact, studies have shown that 71% of African Americans live in counties with federal air violations, compared to 56% of the overall population. 70% of African Americans live within 30 miles of a coal-fired power plant, which generated 30% of the U.S. electricity in 2016 and discharged millions of tons of greenhouse gas emissions into the environment. African Americans face the brunt of the health impacts associated with long-time exposure to toxins emitted at plants; children and the elderly are especially sensitive to such risks. These long lasting impacts take many forms, resulting in emotional, psychological and economic costs for these communities. Photo Credit: NAACP

1 05, 2018

Climate Solutions: #LeadingWomen – Alaska & Global Warming: Climate Genocide

2019-02-09T19:48:09-05:00Tags: |

Faith Gemmill sees the effects of climate chaos firsthand, and has the solutions: she is executive director of Resisting Environmental Destruction on Indigenous Lands (REDOIL), a grassroots Indigenous environmental network fighting to protect Indigenous land and culture in Alaska. Gemmill, Pit River/Wintu and Neets’aiiGwish’in Athabascan, lives a land-based, subsistence lifestyle in an Alaskan village next to the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge, 110 miles above the Arctic circle. Her community’s livelihood depends on the Porcupine Caribou Herd -- but oil companies directly target this sacred birthplace and nursery, and rising temperatures have already caused many climate refugees to relocate. REDOIL provides knowledge and resources to build resilience in this vulnerable region. Because Gemmill’s community lives in intimate interdependence with the “biological heart” of the Arctic Refuge, they have been fighting for human rights for decades, with no sign of stopping. Photo Credit: MrsGreensWorld

1 05, 2018

Where Women Lead On Climate Change

2019-01-14T18:06:24-05:00Tags: |

Most of the Guatemalan population financially depends on farming. Facing destructive landslides, strong winds and volcanic peaks, the women of Guatemala came forward to find the coping strategies for water and forest conservation. Eulia de Leon Juarez, founder of a women’s rights group in Guatemala’s western highlands, says that climate change has changed the pattern of seasons. To address these micro problems at a macro level, women’s non-profit organizations like Global Alliance for Green and Gender Action (GAGGA) are working rigorously to develop women’s leadership. Climate change has amplified the inevitable process of migration, increasing the number of female-headed households in rural areas as more men move to cities. Solange Bandiaky-Badji, Africa program director for Rights and Resources Initiative, sees this as an opportunity for more women to take greater responsibility in their communities. Therefore, women should be seen as active participant preventing and coping with climate change and not merely as victim of it. Photo Credit: Sara Schonhardt

13 04, 2018

Women In Brasil Defending Our Sacred Waters- Stories From The Alternative World Water Forum (FAMA)

2018-08-02T15:16:41-04:00Tags: |

The author speaks about their experiences attending and speaking at the 2018 World Water Forum (FAMA) in Brazil. An event largely sponsored by Nestle and Coca-Cola, corporations pushing to privatize and control public water resources. Fearless indigenous women and activists used the event as platform to call-out and share their powerful stories of resistance. Their message to the world: water cannot be treated as a privately owned commodity; water is a human right and a common good of and for the people.  Photo Credit: Guilherme Cavalli/Cimi

30 03, 2018

Women Human Right Defender’s In Thailand

2020-09-02T23:48:59-04:00Tags: |

Even after 20 years of “UN Declaration on Human Rights Defenders”, women human rights defenders (HRD) face systematic structural violence for raising awareness of political and environmental issues affecting their daily lives. To highlight the stories of these women,  the Canadian Embassy in Bangkok launched a project “Her Life, Her Diary: Side by Side WHRDs 2018 - Diary of Hope and Dreams" featuring 20 women defenders and their everyday struggle against social injustice. Photo Credit: Luke Duggleby

8 03, 2018

Defeminisation Of Indian Agriculture

2020-09-02T23:19:40-04:00Tags: |

Women in India hold significant but overlooked roles in agriculture. The Census of India (2011) reveals nearly 98 million women have agricultural jobs. Due to decreasing economic opportunities in rural areas, young people and men are moving to urban areas, leaving women behind to farm. To recognize the importance of female farmers, the government of India declared October 15th as Rashtriya Mahila Kisan Diwas (National Female Farmer Day). This is a great step forward given women have been historical left out of agricultural narratives. The way forward is to give land rights to women while strengthening the existing government policies for female farmers in India. Photo Credit: Vikas Choudhary

8 03, 2018

Why We Need More Women For Our Climate In The Philippines

2018-08-10T16:12:48-04:00Tags: |

Kathleen Lei Limayo, a filmmaker and photographer, shares her views on why it is essential that more women get involved in the climate justice movement. Though new to this movement, Lei Limayo has dived right in and now volunteers with 350.org Pilipinas, using her talents to record stories about the effects of climate change in the Philippines. On International Women’s Day she calls on more women from diverse backgrounds to get involved, not only because climate change disproportionately impacts women, but also because we need technological innovations in the energy sector that are gender inclusive and empower women. Photo credit: AC Dimatatac

10 02, 2018

Women Scientists Describe Challenges Of Careers In Conservation

2020-09-02T22:11:04-04:00Tags: |

Camila Donatti, Director with Conservation International (CI) while acknowledging the division of labor among men and women, does feel that women and men need an equal amount of training to share knowledge about climate change. It is the best solution to engage them in good work while respecting their time limits. Shyla Raghav, an Indian American Climate expert with CI believes to find the best solutions for climate change we need to connect the women’s issues with climate change issues. Similarly Kame Westerman, a gender adviser with CI shared her personal experience of being discriminated against because of her gender. Margot Wood, associate scientist with CI shares the same experience while working on the field. Photo Credit: Benjamin Drummand

23 01, 2018

No Indigenous Women, No Women’s Movement

2018-08-14T14:16:07-04:00Tags: |

The term “feminism” continues to be debated in tribal communities. Laura Tohe, Indigenous scholar states, “There is no word for feminism in my language,” affirming, “there was no need for feminism because of our matrilineal culture”. Indigenous women, like Tohe seek to reconnect to the matriarchy and egalitarian roots of the land. The lived experiences of Indigenous women have been and continue to be different from those of white women. White women are oppressed by the patriarchy, but Indigenous women know that patriarchy alone is not the only source of their oppression. Colonialism, capitalism, racism, and rugged individualism work with patriarchy. Indigenous women have been organizing events and attending Women’s Marches across the United States to rematriate the space and spotlight the epidemic of Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women (MMIW). Photo Credit: Ted S. Warren / AP

17 01, 2018

Mother Earth’s ‘Me Too’: An Open Letter To Middle-Class Women

2018-10-11T18:13:07-04:00Tags: |

Women across the world experience violence, exploitation, and objectification. The trauma our culture has inflicted upon women extends beyond us. Mother Earth is also facing similar abuse. This piece is an open letter to middle class women to stand for the rights of Mother Earth, just like as they do for themselves via online campaigns like #MeToo. The author argues that the same mentality that seeks to dominate women also seeks to dominate the Earth; thus, we should use the power and momentum of the #metoo movement to consciously link women’s sovereignty issues to ecological issues. Photo Credit: Big Stock Photo    

6 01, 2018

Diane Archer Uses Art To Ground A Sense of Place

2018-02-06T15:23:04-05:00Tags: |

Diane Archer, an artist from the United States, has dedicated her life to creating mixed media art pieces including drawings, quotes and embedded objects, which are inspired from geographical places, science, philosophy and deep ecological movement. One of the recurring features in her creations is maps, using them to represent and unfold stories about sense of place and our understanding of world outside and world within us. Photo Credit:  Diane Archer / Earth is Land

1 01, 2018

Our Movement Needs Radical Change: A Conversation With May Boeve

2018-03-02T13:59:37-05:00Tags: |

May Boeve, co-founder of the international climate action organisation 350.org and winner of the 2006 Brower Youth Award, talks to the Earth Island Journal about the direction of the climate movement. Boeve represents one of the few young women among top leaders in big environmental groups in the United States. She highlights the need for the climate movement to engage with diverse communities, bridge political divides, and construct a strong narrative that doesn’t reinforce fear and hopelessness around climate change, but instead engages people based on their everyday lived reality. The interview concludes with a vital question; how broad can we grow the global climate movement, and more importantly, can we do it fast enough? Photo credit: Zoe Loftus-Farren

27 12, 2017

Toxic Masculinity Is Probably Destroying The Planet

2018-03-02T20:08:00-05:00Tags: |

A recent article in Scientific American reveals that research involving over 2,000 participants in the United States and China has established a link between greenness and femininity. It also exposed that socialized gender roles mean men are less likely to embrace eco-friendly behavior. While some propose the promotion of more masculine marketing around environmental behavior change, instead, it is argued that toxic gender roles and patriarchy need to be examined as they often lie at the root of the exploitation of women’s bodies and the earth. Photo credit: Getty Images

21 12, 2017

Was 2017 The Year That The Tide Finally Turned Against Fossil Fuel Projects?

2018-03-02T13:47:05-05:00Tags: |

In this article, artist and activist Suzanne Dhaliwal of the UK Tar Sands Network marks a year of successful divestment efforts against the fossil fuel industry to mitigate climate impacts and defend Indigenous rights. Dhaliwal highlights the decision of Canadian-based Indigenous Climate Action and executive director Eriel Deranger, to reject a cash prize tied to tar sands projects and pipelines. This moral stand is among divestment commitments in 2017 from many financial institutions including AXA, BNP Paribas, KLP, and the World Bank. Going into 2018, Dhaliwal writes that continued action must focus on an intersectional just transition that puts everyone at the table, reinvests in the communities most impacted by climate change, and does not leave behind those previously dependent on the fossil fuel industry. Photo credit: Flickr/BeforeItStarts

14 12, 2017

Photos: It’s Been 20 Years Since Julia Butterfly Fought Big Logging – By Living In A Tree

2018-02-14T22:19:59-05:00Tags: |

On December 10, 1997, environmentalist Julia “Butterfly” Hill, a member of Earth First! advocacy group, climbed to the top of a 200-foot-tall redwood tree in Northern California. Hill was protesting the destruction of nearby redwood forests by the Pacific Lumber Company. She slept on a 8 x 8 ft plywood platform in the 600-year-old tree named “Luna” for 738 days, withstanding El Niño storms and cold, wet winters. While her “tree-sitting” received criticism from Humboldt and lumberjacks, her nonviolent protest grabbed the attention of the press, and she was able to save the tree while simultaneously shedding light on the work of fellow environmental activists, and inspiring a generation of new young activists. Photo credit: Yann Gamblin/Paris Match via Getty Images

2 12, 2017

30 Books By People Of Color About Plants And Healing

2018-03-02T13:55:54-05:00Tags: |

Queering Herbalism present a diverse list of 30 books by people of color on herbalism and holistic healing. Although many black, brown and Indigenous communities rely heavily on oral traditions, many barriers exist when they seek to become published, meaning most books on this topic are written by white people. Books on this list cover topics from Indigenous rites of birthing, to African American Slave Medicine, and feature prominent herbalists and healers, such as Ayo Ngozi, who teaches herbal history and medicine making.

27 11, 2017

Women Speak: Casey Camp-Horinek Is Fighting Keystone XL In The Name Of Indigenous And Environmental Justice

2017-12-27T18:09:00-05:00Tags: |

Casey Camp Horinek, Ponca Nation Councilwoman, elder and long-time Indigenous rights and environmental protector, speaks with Ms. Magazine about her experience growing up as an Indigenous woman, and her work in the movements to stop extraction projects such as the Keystone XL pipeline - and shares her advice to young women, mothers and fellow grandmothers who are taking a stand for their communities and the Earth. Photo credit: Emily Arasim/WECAN International

26 11, 2017

Buffy Sainte-Marie: “Protest Songs Spell Out Problems. Activist Songs Spell Out Solutions”

2017-12-26T16:08:40-05:00Tags: |

Buffy Sainte-Marie is a Cree singer-songwriter, activist, and First Nations Indigenous woman living in Canada. Her work as a musician, especially from her new album Medicine Songs, reflects the struggles of Indigenous peoples who have been massacred and had their lands stolen. Since the Sainte-Marie has used her music to bring the the voice and issues of Native tribes into pop culture and in the music industry. Photo credit: Matt Barnes

23 11, 2017

5 Reasons Climate Change Is A Feminist Issue

2018-01-23T18:01:33-05:00Tags: |

Climate change isn’t only increasing the greenhouse effect, it is also creating an increase in the inequity of global power dynamics. With women representing 70% of the global poor, women are impacted first and worse by these changes. This overview article shares more information on this statistic, and five other examples which highlight why women are disproportionately impacted by climate, and why climate action must be pursued as a central goal of feminist organizing. Photo credit: Novara Media

21 11, 2017

Global Warming Might Be Especially Dangerous For Pregnant Women

2020-04-24T16:52:12-04:00Tags: |

Women scientists are finding that climate change will likely pose significant threats to pregnant women and their embyros, a group often left out of public health concerns. Rupa Basu, chief of air and climate epidemiology at the California Environmental Protection Agency, had been researching the connection between health risks and air pollution for the past decade, and looked more into the effects of temperature. Her research found that increasing heat and humidity raise the likelihood of premature and stillbirths every year. Similar conclusions were found by Nathalie Auger at Quebec’s institute for public health, as well as by Pauline Mendola and Sandie Ha at Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development. Mendola and Ha’s study found that a temperature increase in the top 10 percent range of a woman’s region could mean 1,000 more stillbirths every year, much higher than the researchers expected. Pregnant women are not often considered a group vulnerable to heat, according to Sabrina McCormick, a sociologist at George Washington University, which makes these findings an urgent call to reframe public health. While these and other researchers are eager to collect more data, it’s clear that pregnancy calls for more precautions and awareness amid climate change. Photo Credit: BLEND IMAGES / PEATHEGEE INC / GETTY

3 11, 2017

The Story We Want: Moms Responding To Methane Pollution And Oil In New Mexico

2017-12-27T18:10:51-05:00Tags: |

As part of the five-part ‘The Story We Want’ video series, the Moms Clean Air Force and Climate Listening Project travel to New Mexico in the Southwest United States, where they hear from Diné women leaders, including Kendra Pinto and Louise Benally, who are standing up to protect their families, communities and the Earth from methane pollution, growing oil and gas operations, and a dangerous "culture of extraction". Photo credit: Mom’s Clean Air Force

19 10, 2017

Millions Of Rural Working Women In Egypt At Risk From Climate Change

2019-04-13T15:49:15-04:00Tags: |

Climate change brings considerable risks to an already fragile economic and environmental situation in rural Egyptian women’s lives. The agriculture sector is largely comprised of women, with millions of them reliant on its economy for their livelihoods. Unfortunately, this sector is unstable and wages are, exacerbating existing conditions of poverty and environmental degradation. Women find themselves unable to exercise agency over land rights because they own only 5% of Egyptian land. This compromises their ability to make decisions about their lives, pursue educational opportunities and to understand basic financial literacy. It is estimated that 27 million women live in rural areas and of those millions, 32 percent are poor women working in agriculture. The average daily wage for a seasonal worker in Egypt is anywhere from $5-$8 a day and is usually lower for women compared to men. Food insecurity coupled with low wages, makes agriculture risky for already impoverished women. Photo Credit: Middle East Institute

11 10, 2017

Edges Of Transformation: Women Crossing Boundaries Between Ecological and Social Healing

2018-02-20T17:54:06-05:00Tags: |

In the collective book Ecological and Social Healing: Multicultural Women’s Voices, several authors, including Jeanine M. Canty, call for a restoration of our collective relationship with place and the reintegration of feminine wisdom. Western culture, corporate globalization, and the idea that we are separate, distinct wholes have been devastating. As Canty explains, global healing will therefore only be possible once we embrace our collective wounding and honor diverse perspectives, including recognizing women, people of color, and Indigenous communities as the heart of movements leading the way toward a more resilient society.  Photo credit: M. Jennifer Chandler

28 09, 2017

Why Are Britain’s Green Movements An All-White Affair?

2017-10-08T22:23:12-04:00Tags: |

Climate justice activist Suzanne Dhaliwal is co-founder of the UK Tar Sands Network. However, since 2015 she’s been a woman in the media writing on the problems with Britain’s predominantly white environmental movement. Dhaliwal reminds us that Indigenous people and people of color around the world are the first affected by climate change and the first to act. In this article, Dhaliwal emphasizes the importance of keeping frontline communities at the forefront of the movement. She’s putting her words into action by boycotting all white-only panels on climate change for the time being. Photo credit: Fiona Hanson/AP Images for Avaaz

24 09, 2017

Three Platforms For Girls’ Education In Climate Strategies

2018-01-24T11:52:49-05:00Tags: |

Globally, women and girls face acute impacts from climate change, however research has shown that investing in the empowerment and education of girls can act as a powerful remedy and solution to address climate change. This report discusses a few steps that can be taken to strengthen girls skills and abilities, while also moving towards global Sustainable Development Goal standards - including promoting girl’s reproductive rights, investing in girl’s education to develop leadership skills in them and by developing their life skills for green economy. Photo Credit: Brookings.edu

8 09, 2017

Decolonize Justice Systems! An Interview With Dine’ Lawyer Michelle Cook

2020-09-08T21:23:05-04:00Tags: |

All over the world, Indigenous communities exist and function within two justice systems based on different worldviews: the European and the Indigenous. Human Rights Lawyer Michelle Cook (Diné), member of the Navajo Nation and born of the Honághááhnii clan, discusses the unequal relationship between these two frameworks and explains how the language of Human Rights can help challenge the colonial legal system which understates Indigenous' institutions. Photo Credit: Indigenous Rights Radio.

8 09, 2017

Women Writes “The Irma Diaries” To Chronicle Climate Destruction In British Virgin Islands

2020-04-24T16:26:47-04:00Tags: |

Angela Burnett is the author of the book, “The Irma Diaries: Compelling Survivor Stories from the Virgin Islands”. The work highlights 25 Hurricane Irma survivors through firsthand interviews conducted by Burnett herself. Many of the interviewees spoke to the urgency of climate change without prompting from Burnett, and stressed the heightened effects of environmental disasters on island communities. The writing also calls for bolder climate policy as the Caribbean Islands are facing some of the most extreme weather ever recorded in the Atlantic Ocean. Burnett’s climate activism is not limited to books, as she also writes climate policies for the British Virgin Islands, and helped found a Climate Change Trust for the Islands. Photo Credit: Lornet Turnbull

4 09, 2017

They Don’t Call Her Mother Earth For Nothing: Women Re-Imagining The World

2017-09-04T12:37:37-04:00Tags: |

Jean Shinoda Bolen, Akaya Windwood, Alice Walker, Nina Simons, Joanna Macy, and Sarah Crowell are feminist icons and leaders who have centered much of their work on the inseparable links between women, race and the environment. This audio conversation between them delves into the complex issue of transforming relationships between people and the earth in order to bring gender and racial justice to our societies. Restoring the feminine and masculine balance in our world and in each of us is at the center of their explanation of how to enact long-lasting justice for both people and the planet. Photo credit: KRCB-FM Radio 91

1 09, 2017

To Fight Climate Change, Educate and Empower Girls

2017-11-01T22:57:25-04:00Tags: |

Supporting girls education had been found to be one of the most effective and equitable manners to address global climate change. Education helps girls deal with climate vulnerability and challenging circumstances, opens doors to healthy lives and women’s ability to contribute to fashioning climate solutions; and intersects with reproductive justice and women’s choices in their care for healthy future generations. This important analysis is shared by two women leaders of the Center for Universal Education in the Global Economy and Development. Photo credit: New Security Beat

1 09, 2017

CEJA Statement on Sexual Harassment in the Capitol

2020-09-03T00:29:16-04:00Tags: |

The letter illustrated the  between power structure and gender inequality. TheirThe pervasiveness of sexual harassment and asrelationsault has become the recent subject of public debate in the California legislature. With the help of the California Legislative Women’s Caucus and CEJA, an environmental justice organization, 200  women signed a statement against sexual harassment in Capitol. Many of these women spoke in front of the California Assembly Rules Subcommittee to bravely share their experiences of sexual harassment. This is a step in the right direction to ending sexual violence and a culture that permits and promotes the devaluation of women and gender non-conforming people. Photo Credit: CEJA

31 08, 2017

Jane Goodall Calls For Climate Change Action To Save Planet At Global Citizen Festival

2017-10-31T23:08:33-04:00Tags: |

At the 2017 Global Citizen Festival in New York City, Jane Goodall took the stage to urge us all to take swift action on climate change. Goodall's pioneering research on chimpanzees has changed the way humans percieve non-human species, popularizing the idea that humans and animals are interdependent life forms. Jane Goodall is also United Nations Messenger of Peace and Founder of the Jane Goodall Institute. Photo credit: Mary Kang for Global Citizen

29 08, 2017

Earth Scientist Targets Sexual Harassment With NFS Grant

2017-10-27T20:19:53-04:00Tags: |

Professor Asmeret Asefaw Berhe was awarded funding by the National Science Foundation, an effort to include more women in the STEM field. Berhe is a biogeochemist, and her work is dedicated to climate change impacts in the land of Sierra Nevada; she received an ADVANCE grant (part of the NSF program), in the value of more than 1 million dollars, in order to research about the issue of gender-based harassment in the earth sciences and look for new solutions. Her research team, from the University of Wisconsin, Madison, is led by Professor Erika Marín-Spiotta. Focus groups at many University of California campuses (including UC Merced) have been created in order to test the efficacy of possible strategies to combat sexual harassment against women in STEM fields. Photo credit: UC Merced

27 08, 2017

Tia Hatton Is Suing The U.S. Government Over Climate Change

2017-10-27T15:12:54-04:00Tags: |

Tia Hatton, a University of Oregon student majoring in environmental studies, published this essay in Sierra Magazine about why she became a plaintiff in the case Juliana, et al. v. United States of America. Hatton and 21 other young climate activists are suing the U.S. government in a landmark case for failing to take meaningful action on climate change. The trial begins in early February 2018. Lawyers hope to prove that the US government knew for decades about CO2 pollution and rising global temperatures. Photo credit: Tia Hatton

27 08, 2017

Meet the Oregon Attorney Suing President Trump Over Climate Change

2017-10-27T12:06:09-04:00Tags: |

Julia Olson of the legal non-profit “Our Children’s Trust” is suing the federal government and agencies like EPA for neglecting to act on climate change. Olson maintains that the U.S. government has been aware of climate change and its impacts on people since George Bush took office, yet did nothing. Carbon dioxide levels have increased from 220 ppm to 440 ppm from 1789-2013.  Olson argues that the government is clearly violating the right of the kids to live sustainable lives by permitting the use and development of non-renewable energy sources like coal. She hopes the case Juliana v. United States will lead to concrete legal steps to curb greenhouse effects. Photo credit: Our Children's Trust

27 08, 2017

Here’s How Women Will Save The World

2017-10-27T11:26:29-04:00Tags: |

Journalist Angela Terry writes about the work of the Climate Change Coalition, a member organization that organises the Show the Love Campaign to highlight the aspects of the world people want to save from the destruction of climate change. Many of the Coalition’s supporters are women, and the video they made to inspire connection to the earth was viewed by almost 7 million people. Terry argues that women are at the forefront of online and offline organizing to battle climate change. Photo credit: Huffington Post

23 08, 2017

How An Environmental Activist Became A Pioneer For Climate Justice In India

2018-01-23T20:10:25-05:00Tags: |

Sunita Narain, an environmental activist and Director of the Centre for Science and Environment (CSE), India shares powerful analysis on the responsibility that wealthy countries have to take action to address their liability for global climate impacts, which is unjustly impacting citizens of ‘developing’ and low-income nations. She calls for climate justice, and for the Indian government to grow the country in a manner that relies on sustainability and equity, instead of copying western development mechanisms that bring harm. Photo credit: Centre for Science and Environment

18 08, 2017

Climate Justice Is Racial Justice Is Gender Justice

2020-09-08T21:50:16-04:00Tags: |

Though climate justice is not typically thought of as integral to civil rights or women’s rights, Jacqueline Patterson, director of the NAACP Environmental and Climate Justice Program, asks us to see their overlapping nature. Marginalized communities are often marginalized in many ways simultaneously: black populations are concentrated in poor neighborhoods, as is food insecurity, as are toxic waste facilities. While combatting climate change then, the concerns of marginalized communities need to be centered. Thus, access, affordability and viable livelihoods should be of high priority—as is consistent with a just transition. Photo Credit: Unknown

17 08, 2017

Siosinamele Lui: The Role Of Traditional Knowledge In Pacific Meterology

2017-09-22T22:50:17-04:00Tags: |

Siosinamele Lui is the Climate Traditional Knowledge Officer based at Secretariat of the Pacific Regional Environment Programme.  She has spent a decade working for the Samoa Meteorological Service, in particular the Geoscience and Oceans observations before working at S.P.R.E.P. In this article she explains the role of traditional knowledge in Pacific meteorology, and how it aids a creating responses to climate change and natural disaster. Photo credit: S.P.R.E.P.

17 08, 2017

A Future We Can Vibe With

2017-10-08T22:48:41-04:00Tags: |

Artist Marcela Szwarc hosted a charity event entitled "A Future We Can Vibe With." It took place in Brooklyn, New York, and included artwork that focused on a sustainable future. The sales of the different artwork were given to Global Greengrants Fund. Marcela discovered the Fund when she researched about the 2014 Summit on Women and the Climate, due to her strong passion about the themes of climate justice and human rights. The artist stated that she believes in the power of art as a tool to help with climate change awareness, and she made use of this to raise the funds to help ensure that women are part of decision-making processes on climate. Photo credit: Global Greengrants Fund

15 08, 2017

Biomimicry: Imitating Nature

2017-10-31T16:37:10-04:00Tags: |

On the podcast Mrs. Green World, Nicole Miller discusses the concept of biomimicry, which is emulating nature's time-tested patterns and strategies in order to find sustainable ways to approach human challenges. Nicole is the Managing Director of Biomimicry 3.8, the leading organization in the world in biomimicry innovation consulting and professional training. Biomimicry 3.8, so-named due to the natural intelligence accumulated on Earth in 3.8 billion years of evolution, was founded by two women, Janine Benyus and Dr. Dayana Baumeister. Photo credit: mrsgreenworld.come

11 08, 2017

First Public Preview Of Land And Lens Photographs

2017-10-27T21:09:04-04:00Tags: |

The Women's Earth Alliance launched a project called the Seeds of Resilience Project in March 2017, with the partnership of Vanastree, a woman farmers’ seed saving collective in India. As part of the project, photography training with community members took place, with the purpose of storytelling, called Lands and Lens. In this preview can be found the work of nine women from rural India who were training through this initiative. Photo credit: Women's Earth Alliance

4 08, 2017

The Sophia Century: When Women Come Into Co-Equal Partnership

2017-09-06T21:30:54-04:00Tags: |

WECAN co-founder and director Osprey Orielle Lake, Amazon Watch executive director Leila Salazar, and renowned activist Lynne Twist are frontline movement leaders and educators on the interdependent rights of women and the environment. Discussing the The Sophia Century, a vision of a world where women come into co-equal and balanced partnership with men, — these climate justice voices are educating on how rising global women-led movements are enacting this vision. At the center of this narrative is how women worldwide are the most disproportionately affected by climate change while at the same time being the agents of solutions to the climate crisis. Photo credit: prx.org

1 08, 2017

Kahontakwas Diane Longboat: “The Good Mind Will Transform The World”

2017-11-01T04:09:18-04:00Tags: |

Kahontakwas, Diane Longboat is from the Mohawk Nation, Turtle Clan at Six Nations of the Grand River Territory, Canada shares her thoughts on spiritual activism, peace building, and the importance of Indigenous women’s leadership in healing communities and the Earth. Photo credit: Diane Longboat

1 08, 2017

Climate Justice Is Racial Justice And Gender Justice

2017-11-01T00:40:33-04:00Tags: |

Jacqueline Patterson is an activist with the NAACP for women and women of color. In her interview, she tells us how much intersectionality there is around climate change - it is a multiplier of injustices and is intrinsically related to civil and human rights. She recommends that people who want to start fighting climate change-related issues start locally, at a welfare’s group, or any type of group that attempts to diminish injustices for the most marginalized segments of society. Photo credit: Cyrus McCrimmon

28 07, 2017

A Self-Care Guide To Helping The Planet

2017-10-28T22:23:33-04:00Tags: |

"Activist burnout" is a real phenomenon and can happen to those people who are passionate about an issue and sometimes, when tired, question the reason they are activists. Taking time for yourself, listening to yourself, focusing on hope, being around supportive friends, and knowing your limits are a few of the tips the article gives to people who need an extra push to continue their actions to help the planet. Photo credit: 1 Million Women

27 07, 2017

Performers Occupy British Museum With BP Oil Rig In Fossil Fuel Protest

2017-09-03T14:53:01-04:00Tags: |

30 actor-activists from the theatrical protest group "BP or not BP?" occupied the British Museum in protest of its sponsorship from the British Petroleum company and stolen Indigenous artifacts. They held the space for the whole afternoon with a series of performances involving a pop-up oil rig, a colonial explorer, a crowd of noisy dying animals, an angry climate scientist, a series of statements from Aboriginal communities and an oblivious "British Museum" being distracted from it all by BP. Photo credit: Kristian Buus, BP Or Not BP?

26 07, 2017

Winona LaDuke On How To Be Better Ancestors

2017-10-26T17:43:03-04:00Tags: |

In this article, Winona LaDuke, an internationally renowned activist working on issues of sustainable development renewable energy and food systems, reflects on how to be a good ancestor and on intergenerational accountability. She uses Standing Rock as an example and she explains that it should not be seen only as a place but rather as a state of mind. In Standing Rock we can see this unity, hope and will to protect and free Mother Earth from exploitation. She calls us to act as responsible ancestors, protect Mother Earth and care about our children’s future. Photo credit: Center for Humans and Nature

24 07, 2017

Humans Are Losing Touch With Nature – It’s A Tragedy With No Quick Fix

2017-10-08T22:53:03-04:00Tags: |

Deborah Orr, a columnist for the Guardian, writes about the results of research which point to the lack of connection between the British and nature. In this opinion article, Deborah discusses the issue that this distance with wildlife has for the environment, especially for climate change. She mentions heavy drinking and gambling as problems that provide an escape to bigger existential issues, and can heavily impact the future of our planet. Photo credit: UIG via Getty Images

19 07, 2017

Mothers vs. Loggers: The Destruction Of Białowieża Forest Splits Poland

2018-12-19T17:29:01-05:00Tags: |

Matki Polki na wyrębie (“Polish Mothers at the Felling” in Polish) is a grassroots group of mothers who protested against the rampant logging practices near Warsaw. Logging tripled in 2016, especially in the region of the Białowieża forest. Jan Szyszko, the  Polish environmental minister of Białowieża, claimed that logging would save the trees from beetles. However, the authorities failed to consider the historical and environmental importance of the trees. Most of the animals are dependent on the lichens, mosses, and fungi and other parts of the Białowieża ecosystem for their survival. Thus, mothers are coming forward to save their great heritage. Photo credit: Tomasz Wiech.

19 07, 2017

How To Be An Activist When You Don’t Like The Spotlight

2017-10-28T14:10:54-04:00Tags: |

1 Million Women provides tips for people who want to be part of the change in climate action but prefer quieter efforts over marching or public speaking. It showcases female activists including the Knitting Nanas, a team of grandmas who care about the impact of exploring natural gas; Wendy Bowman, leader in the fight against coal expansion; and the Clean Coast Collective, an Australian couple who engages youth in cleaning the beaches. Photo credit: 1 Million Women

17 07, 2017

Democracy And An Ecologically Sound Future

2017-10-08T22:57:31-04:00Tags: |

This article highlights the work of Heather McGhee, the president of the public policy organization Demos, which means "the people." Heather works towards more equatable economics, as well as for environmental justice. She was one of the speakers at the Bioneers conference in October 2017, titled "Uprising Bioneers," in San Rafael, California. Photo credit: Bioneers

14 07, 2017

Bay Area Gentrification, Global Warming And Community Justice Collide In The Hilarious New Trailer for the ‘The North Pole’

2017-10-08T22:33:47-04:00Tags: |

The North Pole is a television series that about Oakland’s residents of color who are up against the violence of gentrification and environmental destruction in the East Bay of the San Francisco metropolitan area. Produced by Josh Healey, the series focuses on communication and unity between residents of the area and new residents who are contributing to the gentrification of the area. Writer Chinaka Hodge, leading character Reyna Amaya, and former Black Panther party member Ericka Huggins are all women storytellers engaged in the creation of this intersectional climate justice initiative.  Photo credit: Colorlines

13 07, 2017

Women In The Lead: One Milestone On The Path To Equity, Justice, And Inclusion

2017-10-08T22:55:19-04:00Tags: |

Lauren Lantry is the media coordinator for the Sierra Club's Gender, Equity, and Environment Program, the Electric Vehicles Initiative, and the Green Transportation Program. Lantry writes about the recent election of officers of the Sierra Club Board of Directors, and the fact that it is the first time in its history of 125 years that the executive committee was made up of females. Loren Blackford is the new Board President, Susana Reyes is the Board Vice President, Robin Mann is the new Secretary, Liz Walsh is the treasurer, and Margrete Strand-Rangnes is the fifth officer. This milestone towards a more equitable world is important for climate justice, as the Sierra Club works in the protection of the environment. The National Program Director of the Sierra Club, Sarah Hodgdon, stated that with the newly-elected all-female executive team, there is a great set of skills available to deal with the issues pertaining to climate change. Photo credit: Sierra Club

2 07, 2017

How Being In Nature Makes Us Appreciate Our Bodies And Reject Unrealistic Beauty Standards

2017-10-28T14:13:31-04:00Tags: |

Viren Swami writes how being in a green space is good for mental health and increases happiness. Swami researched in order to test this theory with more than 400 American adults, focusing on body appreciation and its relation to being exposed to nature. Photo credit: 1 Million Women

1 07, 2017

The Solution For Reversing Global Warming Is Educating Girls And Family Planning

2017-11-01T23:01:02-04:00Tags: |

Salon Magazine speaks with Dr. Paul Hawken of Project Drawdown, who set out with a renowned international team to calculate out the most impactful, tangible climate solutions - and was surprised to discover that educating girls and empowering women is cumulatively the #1 most impactful global climate change solution.

1 07, 2017

Yes To The People’s Movement: Naomi Klein

2017-10-27T19:59:10-04:00Tags: |

Naomi Klein, author of The Shock Doctrine and This Changes Everything and No Is Not Enough, speaks with the Laura Flanders Show about her latest book, which explores the depth of the capitalist crisis, what it means for the Earth and global communities, and how movements of resistance and change can continue to take hold and change the global story of wealth and exploitation. Photo credit: Laura Flanders Show

1 07, 2017

Woman, Scientist, Activist: Female Researchers Take Charge

2017-11-01T03:39:39-04:00Tags: |

Dr. Sarah Myhre writes about intersectional feminism in this article for Live Science's Expert Voices: Op-Ed & Insights. An ocean scientist, Myhre explains how women are stepping up in an era of increased misogyny ushered in by the election of Donald Trump, and highlights women scientists' leadership in the climate movement, such as with the organization 500 Women Scientists. Photo credit: Joseph Sohm/Shutterstock

1 07, 2017

Beata Tsosie Peña: “I Do Not Separate The Struggle From My Spirituality”

2017-11-01T01:23:13-04:00Tags: |

Beata Tsosie Peña is a Tewa Indigenous woman from Santa Clara Pueblo, New Mexico who is fighting for environmental justice and protection of her people's ancestral land and the health and well being of the larger regional community. The region has been heavily impacted by the Los Alamos National Laboratory, a United States federal laboratory producing nuclear weapons and doing biological and chemical testing, which contaminates of water, soil and air. Beata joined TEWA Women United (TWU), an inter-tribal organization that seeks to empower women, and works jointly with Las Mujeres Hablan (The Women Speak) and Communities for Clean Water (CCW) in order to fight for environmental justice, cultural preservation, reproductive rights, health, and food security. Beata has a holistic approach to her fight, and the manner in which she stands up against contamination on Mother Earth as a dual attack on bodies, rituals, spirituality and beliefs. Photo credit: International Journal on Human Rights

28 06, 2017

Aditi Brennan Kapil, Playwright

2017-10-27T21:12:26-04:00Tags: |

This video by the UNFCCC Climate Action Studio shows Aditi Brennan Kapil, a playwright, during COP22 in Morocco. Kapil, a storyteller, talks about the importance of connecting art to climate action and making the stories about climate change impacts engaging for people all over the world. Photo credit: UNFCCC Climate Action Studio

19 06, 2017

Transit Riders Unions Versus Climate Change, White Supremacy And Disaster Capitalism

2017-09-24T18:29:25-04:00Tags: |

Social and ecological activist, author and co-founder of Collective for Social and Environmental Justice in Vancouver, Desiree Hellegers, is sounding the alarm on how a Trump election has further intensified the vulnerability of and violence against frontline communities of color in the face of climate change. Here, Hellegers shows how climate change is part of a white supremacist system driven by disaster capitalism. Hellegers explains how Transit Riders Unions are pushing back against this oppressive structure in the midst of antiracist and antifascist clashes in Portland, Oregon. Photo credit: WECAN International

18 06, 2017

The Victories Against Trump Are Mounting

2017-09-06T21:34:36-04:00Tags: |

Respected feminist author and activist Rebecca Solnit is putting women and the climate at the center of her articles about the dangers of the Trump presidency. Paying homage to growing transgender rights activism, Teen Vogue’s feminist coverage, Mormon women mobilizing in solidarity with undocumented families, and American politicians and activists pledges to continue their commitment to the Paris Climate Agreement, Solnit reminds us of our vast mobilizing power. Solnit is a movement and media voice amplifying the proliferation of feminist and climate action resisting Trump and the underlying inequality and oppression that has existed before him. Photo credit: UPI/ Bancroft Images

13 06, 2017

Full Interview: Naomi Klein On Resisting Trump’s Shock Politics

2017-10-31T20:35:02-04:00Tags: |

Naomi Klein’s book This Changes Everything: Capitalism vs. the Climate has been called the bible of the climate justice movement. It cuts straight to the chase in identifying capitalism as the principal culprit of climate change, through stories from the global movement that widely uses the slogan “system change, not climate change.” Klein also notes that the ‘capitalist patriarchy’ is subordinating women’s bodies and the earth. In her new book No Is Not Enough, Klein takes on the catastrophic decisions President Trump is making on global climate progress by denying that climate change exists and by infamously pulling out of the acclaimed 2015 Paris climate accord. Yet, despite the setbacks caused by Trump, Klein explains that the climate movement is stepping up and fighting hard against the dangerous impacts that climate change policy will have on the interlinked issues of race, gender and economic inequality under Trump’s administration. Photo credit: Democracy Now!

12 06, 2017

Mexico Needs Healing: The First Indigenous Woman To Run For President

2017-10-08T22:25:35-04:00Tags: |

Mexican woman María de Jesús Patricio Martínez has been nominated by the Zapatista National Liberation Army (EZLN) and Mexico’s National Indigenous Congress to represent their communities in next year’s elections for president. Patricio is a leader in preserving traditional Indigenous medicine and healing techniques, a gift she says comes from her deep connection to the Earth. Patricio’s candidacy is a symbol of the close-knit connections between Indigenous people and the land in Mexico. Photo credit: Stringer/Reuters

12 06, 2017

Seventy Miles In Nine Mile Canyon

2017-09-04T20:12:45-04:00Tags: |

Climate activist and storyteller Brooke Larsen has transformed her 3-day bike tour across the Colarado Plateau into a biographical story that educates on the multifaceted socio-political layers of environmental destruction. By juxtaposing the scenic terrain and the scent of wild sage wafting pass her as she pedals, to that of a landscape speckled with oil rigs, Larsen unveils the ecological impact of “progress” through her writing. Oil and gas corporations, the endangered prairie dog, and the history of the displacement of Indigenous peoples all come together in Larsen’s account of her bike trip. Personal reflections of individual contradictions, and challenging questions of how climate activists can form alliances with coal miners and unions are at the center of Larsen’s reflections on how to change the system and not the climate. Photo credit: Brooke Larsen

12 06, 2017

India’s Largest Collection Of Rural Folk Music Contains Over 10,000 Songs That Women Sing While Grinding Grain

2017-09-04T12:21:19-04:00Tags: |

Before sunrise in Pune, India, women in the group Garīb Dhongarī Sangatnā, or “Collective of the Poor of the Mountain,” can be found singing at the grain mills, where they work grinding grain into flour. For these women, singing while simultaneously producing a staple Indian food empowers the collective feminine voice. Lyrics deal with subjects of cast, religion, political movements and mythology as an act of female resistance to the impoverishment that India’s rural communities face. The Grindmill Songs Project (part of PARI-- People’s Archives of Rural India) is collecting and translating these songs, and has already published over 10,000 of them on their website so the world can listen these Pune female movement voices sing. Photo credit: PARI (People’s Archives of Rural India)

10 06, 2017

Two Poems On What It’s Like To Live With Ebola, Climate Change

2017-09-06T21:48:13-04:00Tags: |

Marshall Island resident Kathy Jetnil-Kijiner and Liberian business-owner Patrice Juah are fighting Ebola with the power of poetry. The Pacific Islands and Africa are grappling with the particularly grave effects of climate change: menacing droughts, flooding, and rising sea levels are displacing communities. Jetnil-Kijiner and Juah’s verses express both difficulty and resistance to the crises at hand. Addressing her baby daughter, Jetnil-Kijner’s writes “they say you, your daughter and your granddaughter, too will wander rootless with only a passport to call home…dear matefele peinam, don’t cry…because baby we are going to fight.” Photo credit: Larisa Epatko/PBS NewsHour

9 06, 2017

Alice Eather: The Slam Poet Who Forced Big Oil Out Of Arnhem Land

2017-10-09T20:26:04-04:00Tags: |

In 2013, Alice Eather, an Indigenous activist and poet from Australia’s Northern Territories, discovered that Paltar Petroleum had applied to frack the ocean of her community of Maningrida. Alice cofounded the Protect Arnhem Land campaign group, which mobilized local communities to oppose the project. In 2016 the company withdrew its permit application. Eather will be remembered for her fierce poetry, as memorialized in the documentary Stingray Sisters. Photo credit: ABC

8 06, 2017

Climate Change And Nutritional Security—Vicki Hird, Sustain

2017-10-27T20:31:46-04:00Tags: |

This article on the Women's Environmental Network (WEN) website was written by Vicki Hird, Sustainable Farm Campaign Coordinator at Sustain (she is also the founder of Sustain) and award-winning author. Hird writes about food security and its relation to climate change (specifically in the UK), and she breaks the issue down into categories such as eating, farming and producing, and governance.

6 06, 2017

Women Ocean Leaders Of Samoa: Tuifuisa’a Amosa

2017-08-26T15:51:57-04:00Tags: |

Dr. Tuifasa’a Aimosa is an oceanographer and Dean of the Faculty of Science at the National University of Samoa. Her academic research primarily explores ocean acidification and its impacts on marine life. She credits her interest in science to excellent teachers, even as she often found herself in her post-grad years as the only female student from the Pacific Islands studying marine science and oceanography. Dr. Tuifuisa’a is cognizant of the fact that hers is a male-dominated field, using her role as Dean to mentor young female students in the field, and hopes for more support networks for female scientists.Photo credit: Samoa Observer

5 06, 2017

Poem: For The Mamas On The Frontlines

2017-09-05T22:55:49-04:00Tags: |

Helen Knott is turning her daily activism into rhythmic pros in honor of the mamas on the frontlines of our interconnected struggles. Knott performed the lines “if mamas don’t fight for the children, then who will?” while reciting her poem at the 2017 Nobel Women’s Initiative conference. Drawing on the links between defending water and lands from patriarchal laws, Knott nods at women’s role in the climate justice movement while speaking truth to power across all stripes of social and political spectrums. Photo credit: openDemocracy 50.50

5 06, 2017

Women Ocean Leaders: Captain Fealofani

2017-08-26T15:54:48-04:00Tags: |

Fealofani Bruun is making history as captain of a Gaualofa, a traditional Samoan double-hull voyaging canoe. She trains crew members and steers the canoe, whose voyages have not been seen in Samoa for over 100 years. For Samoans, the traditional voyaging canoe holds a lot of knowledge about not only navigation, the ocean and the stars, but also traditional Samoan culture and values. For Fealofani, this cultural revival has opened her up to the ways in which equality and equity are embedded within the ‘canoe culture’, as well as how to use traditional Samoan knowledge to protect the oceans in the face of climate change. She calls for the recruitment of more young girls and women to the fight. Photo credit: Charles Netzler

4 06, 2017

While Trump Withdraws From Paris Climate Agreement, Teenagers Are Fighting the Climate Crisis

2017-09-04T13:00:22-04:00Tags: |

Teenage women are rising climate movement leaders. 15-year-old Jamie Margolin writes about being born onto a warming planet exacerbated by the Trump administration. She is being loud and clear about generation Z’s reality of living in a world where water, air and the survival of the planet are threatened. Yet, despite this grim reality, Margolin is emphasizing the importance of teenagers mobilizing against climate change, while simultaneously holding previous generations accountable for their complacency on the issue. In her extra time, she attends activist meetings, takes 3 trips yearly to her state capitol to lobby for climate policies, and puts together civic action projects to protect the planet. Photo credit: The Huffington Post

1 06, 2017

Kari Fulton Talks About Climate Change And The Threat Of Extreme Weather

2017-11-01T17:47:16-04:00Tags: |

Cultural historian and environmental justice advocate Kati Fulton speaks about the Trump administration's withdrawal from the Paris accord. Fulton points out that such an action reduces the amount of funding for climate change adaptation and mitigation measures, the impacts of which are not isolated to the United States but will be felt worldwide. She urges politicians to stop denying the threat posed by extreme weather, such as Hurricane Irma, and take measures to ensure environmental justice. Photo credit: CGTN America

1 06, 2017

Women Out Front: Indigenous Journalists On Building A Fairer Central America

2017-10-14T15:36:06-04:00Tags: |

From March 16 to 20, 2017, sixteen Indigenous women community journalists from Guatemala, Nicaragua, Honduras, El Salvador, Costa Rica, and Panama gathered in Guatemala City to strengthen their capacities in radio production and exchange experiences, all within the framework of a critical analysis of discrimination faced by women. The workshop, hosted by Cultural Survival and the Channel Foundation, facilitated discussions of privilege, discrimination, marginalization and pain from patriarchal power relations. Coming together in the end, Cultural Survival pledged to carry out two further workshops based on theoretical classes on gender and feminism alongside a practical course on radio programming. Photo credit: Cultural Survival

24 05, 2017

‘My House Is In A Superfund Site’

2020-09-02T20:58:58-04:00Tags: |

In this video, Grist fellow, Vishakha Darbha shares how residents of East Chicago, Indiana are fighting widespread lead contamination in the soil and targeted displacement from public housing. Despite long standing knowledge of unhealthy levels of contamination since 1985 and Superfund designation in 2008, cleanup efforts have been slow and uneven, with some communities being ignored and evicted. Tara Adams is among the 1,000 residents evicted from West Calumet Housing Complex that are being left to fend for limited affordable housing and search for cleaner land and water. The Trump administration is also seeking to cut Superfund program funding by $273 million, leaving many more communities to suffer from historical pollution. 

18 05, 2017

Isabella Zizi: Each Step We Take Is A Prayer To A Just Transition

2017-10-05T18:11:38-04:00Tags: |

Indigenous youth activist Isabella Zizi recounts her personal experience witnessing the explosion of a local Chevron oil refinery, which led her to organize in many different movements, such as #IdleNoMore, Black Lives Matter and immigration rights. Today she fights as an Earth Guardians Bay Area crew leader and RYSE youth council member. She draws upon the resilience of her ancestors in her activism, “disrupting business as usual and visually being noticeable through creative art.” Photo credit: Alana Conner

17 05, 2017

Dear Tomorrow: A Letter To Our Children

2017-10-08T22:46:35-04:00Tags: |

Dear Tomorrow is an organization founded by two women, Jill Kubit and Trisha Shrum, who are both mothers and worry about the impacts of climate change in their children's lives. Dear Tomorrow is a platform where people can send letters to their loved ones in the future, so they know everything that each person is doing to fight climate change. The content of these letters is shared with the public with the purpose of engaging more people in climate action, so the future can be a better place for our children. Photo credit: Moms Clean Air Force

5 05, 2017

Women Lead The Way: From Violence To Non-Violence, From Greed To Sharing, From Hate To Love

2018-07-13T16:26:13-04:00Tags: |

Internationally recognised activist, scholar, and director of the Research Foundation for Science, Technology, and Ecology, Vandana Shiva, was the keynote speaker at The J. Jobe and Marguerite Jacqmin Soffa Lecture on the April 27th, 2017. This lecture series brings renowned women from around the world to the University of Wisconsin, Madison, to speak on contemporary issues of global significance. Shiva’s speech, which can be watched in full, headlined the 2nd Annual 4W Summit on Women, Gender, and Well-being. Shiva spans issues of human rights, militarisation, agriculture, poverty, economy and global cooperation. Highlighting that women are leading the fight for an economy of life that prioritizes community wellbeing. Photo credit: Seed Freedom

1 05, 2017