This Huffington Post article covers the September 2015, Women’s Earth and Climate Action Network (WECAN International) symposium titled “Women Speak: Climate Justice on the Road to Paris & Beyond”. Framing the discussion, co-founder and Executive Director, Osprey Orielle Lake speaks about the disproportionate impacts of climate change for women and how they must be leaders in the process of tackling such a problem. Global presenters Melina Laboucan-Massimo (Lubicon Cree) speaks about environmental pollution and contamination in her area, creating “dead zones”; Director of the NAACP Environmental and Climate Justice Program, Jacqui Patterson, speaks about the harm of living close to coal plants and the correlation of food sovereignty and contaminated soil; Indigenous Kichwa leader Patricia Gualinga Montalvo speaks on the struggle against oil companies in Ecuador; Thilmeeza Hussain, founder of Voice of Women speaks about survival in face of global warming; and finally, Cherri Foytlin brings participants’ attention to sacrifice zones, where POC and Indigenous populations suffer from toxic elements. Photo credit: Huffington Post