This September 2018, policymakers from across the U.S. and around the world will gather in San Francisco, California, for the Global Climate Action Summit (GCAS). The Summit’s stated goals are to encourage more action to achieve the aims of the Paris Climate Accord.
Recognizing an important political moment to apply pressure and stand for justice, the global movement for climate justice will also engage with a strong presence – holding actions and events, and organizing to build our power collectively. The climate justice movement will be working to expose greenwashing and false climate solutions, and to at the same time support and demonstrate the many effective, community-based solutions being put into action everyday by people worldwide. We will call for real climate leadership for a just transition to renewable energy that breaks free from the fossil fuel industry, and supports workers and communities. We will rise to ensure that the voices of those most marginalized and impacted by climate disruption and extractive economies are heard within the high-level forums that will take place during GCAS.
The Women’s Earth and Climate Action Network (WECAN) International, will be on the ground in-action and in solidarity with diverse allies from the global movement for climate justice throughout the week leading up to and during the Global Climate Action Summit.
Please join us for our September 11th public forum – ‘Women’s Assembly for Climate Justice: Women Leading Solutions on the Frontlines of Climate Change – and march with us on September 8th as part of ‘Women For Climate Justice Contingents’ in San Francisco, or in your home community!
September 11th – Women’s Assembly for Climate Justice:
Women Leading Solutions on the Frontlines of Climate Change
All are invited to join WECAN International on Tuesday September 11th, 2018, for the ‘Women’s Assembly for Climate Justice: Women Leading Solutions on the Frontlines of Climate Change’.
This free, public event will be held on Tuesday September 11th
from 1:00 to 8:30 pm
at The Green Room (second floor)
401 Van Ness Ave, San Francisco, CA
in the War Memorial Building across the street from City Hall
* Seating will be available on a first come, first serve basis, and we encourage people to arrive early to secure seats
For those not in California, portions of the event will be
LIVESTREAMED via the WECAN International Facebook page.
‘Women’s Assembly for Climate Justice: Women Leading Solutions on the Frontlines of Climate Change’, will be an extraordinary gathering of women leaders from across the United States and around the world, joined in solidarity to speak out against environmental and social injustice, draw attention to root causes of the climate crisis, and present the diverse array of visions and strategies with which they are working to shape a healthy and equitable world.
International advocates, grassroots, Indigenous, and frontline women leaders, and policy-makers, will discuss topics including the intersectionality of gender and environment; Indigenous rights; the just transition; women and forest protection and regeneration; fossil fuel resistance efforts; women and agro-ecology/soils; environmental racism; and women’s leadership and calls for action within a climate justice framework.
This dynamic public Forum is to be presented the day before the Global Climate Action Summit (GCAS) in California. A list of key calls to action from the WECAN Forum will be presented to the leadership of the GCAS the following day.
- Corrina Gould – (Ohlone) Spokesperson Confederated Villages of Lisjan, Co-Founder of the Sogorea Te Land Trust, and Co-Founder of Indian People Organizing for Change
- Pennie Opal Plant – (Yaqui & undocumented Choctaw & Cherokee) Co-Founder of Idle No More SF Bay, Co-Founder of Movement Rights, and Signatory on the Indigenous Women of the Americas Defending Mother Earth Treaty
- Her Excellency President Hilda C. Heine – President of the Republic of the Marshall Islands
- Honorable Mary Robinson – President of the Mary Robinson Foundation – Climate Justice, former President of Ireland
- Mirian Cisneros – (Kichwa) President of the Pueblo of Sarayaku, Ecuador
- Annie Leonard – Executive Director of Greenpeace USA
- Casey Camp Horinek – (Ponca) Ponca Nation Council-Woman, and WECAN International Advisory Council Member
- Amy Goodman - Host and Executive Producer of Democracy Now!
- Jacqueline Patterson – Director of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) Environmental and Climate Justice Program
- Kandi Mossett – (Mandan, Hidatsa, Arikara) Lead Organizer on the Extreme Energy & Just Transition Campaign with the Indigenous Environmental Network
- Eriel Deranger – (Athabasca Chipewyan First Nation) Executive Director and Co-Founder of Indigenous Climate Action, Canada
- Michelle Cook – (Diné) Human rights lawyer, and Founder and Co-Director of the Divest, Invest, Protect campaign
- Neema Namadamu – Founder of SAFECO/Hero Women Rising, and Women’s Earth and Climate Action Network Regional Coordinator in the Democratic Republic of Congo
- Antonia Juhasz – Energy author, investigative journalist and analyst, specializing in oil
- Wanda Culp – (Tlingit) Artist and forest defender, and Women’s Earth and Climate Action Network Regional Coordinator in the Tongass, Alaska
- Valéria Paye Pereira – (Tiriyó and Kaxuyana) Member of Executive Coordination for APIB (Articulation of the Indigenous Peoples of Brazil) in Brasília/DF
- Dr. Gail Myers – Agri-Cultural Anthropologist, Co-Founder of Farms to Grow, Inc., and co-initiator of the Freedom Farmers Market in Oakland, California
- Miriam Nobre – Representative of World March of Women in Brazil, and member of the technical team of SOF (Sempreviva Organziação Feminista)
- Leila Salazar-López – Executive Director of Amazon Watch
- Bridget Burns – Co-Director of the Women’s Environment and Development Organization (WEDO)
- Shannon Biggs – Co-Founder of Movement Rights
- Elizabeth Kaiser – Regenerative farmer, Owner/Operator of Singing Frogs Farm in Sebastopol, California
- Doria Robinson – Executive Director of Urban Tilth, Representative of the Climate Justice Alliance
- Amira Diamond – Co-Director of the Women’s Earth Alliance (WEA)
- Crystal Huang – Coordinator of Energy Democracy National Tour and Founder of CrossPollinators
- Morissa Zuckerman – Representative with Sunrise Movement
- Karina Gonzalez – Women Speak Program Coordinator for the Women’s Earth and Climate Action Network
- Emily Arasim – Communications Coordinator for the Women’s Earth and Climate Action Network
- Osprey Orielle Lake – Founder and Executive Director of the Women’s Earth and Climate Action Network
September 8th- March With Us! ‘Women For Climate Justice’
Contingents at ‘Rise For Climate, Jobs, Justice’
Women, girls, and allies are invited to join a diverse coalition of women’s groups, climate justice organizations, and others, to organize and march together as a part of ‘RISE for Climate, Jobs and Justice’ – the 2018 People’s Climate Movement March.
A ‘Women For Climate Justice’ contingent will take action at the march in San Francisco, California – and everyone is also encouraged to organize independently as ‘Women for Climate Justice’ in home regions across the U.S. and around the world!
This march is taking place in the context of years and decades of strategic organizing by many climate, Indigenous, labour, racial justice and other social movement leaders; and is being called in part in response to the Global Climate Action Summit, taking place in San Francisco in September 2018. The march also comes roughly two months before U.S. mid-term elections, making it an important moment for many to demonstrate commitment to voting as part of their dedication to stopping extraction and defending the planet and all communities.
For updates, reminders, and to invite friends and allies – click here to visit the core
Allies in the Bay Area, California are also invited to join us for a second
As ‘Women for Climate Justice’ Contingents in San Francisco and around the world, we will be sending a clear message that as women, many of who stand on the frontlines of climate change across the U.S. and around the world, we are gravely concerned about the impacts of climate change, and the implications of administrations and government officials that promote advancement of fossil fuels, extractive economies, climate skepticism, environmental racism, bigotry and inequitable treatment of women and frontline, Indigenous and marginalized communities. No to sacrifice zones! We will raise our voices to demonstrate women’s power to build just climate solutions – and take a stand for for all future generations to live in a healthy, just and thriving world.
QUESTIONS about WECAN International organizing around the September 2018 People’s Climate March and GCAS may be directed to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Learn more about actions in the Bay Area, California and worldwide at riseforclimate.org