President Obama’s U.S. Climate Action Plan — June 25th 2013
On Tuesday, June 25th, United States President Barak Obama made a powerful and historic speech on climate, one that many of us at WECC and IWECI have been hoping he would make for five years now. With a bold commitment to future generations, Obama announced the first-ever Presidential U.S. Climate Action Plan. This helpful infographic lays out the basics of President Obama’s plan.
We are thrilled that the President’s plan will use the full authority of the Clean Air Act to limit air pollution from both new and existing power plants. Additionally, he stated that he will not approve the Keystone XL pipeline if it harms the climate, because to do so would not be in the national interest.
The plan also includes a promise for real leadership at the international climate negotiations, and a commitment for building concrete international policies that are “ambitious, inclusive and flexible”. We also appreciate and echo his hopes that other countries won’t have to “repeat all the same mistakes that we made” in the United States.
CO2 levels topped the landmark 400ppm this month for the first time in human existence. Our work at the Women’s Earth and Climate Caucus (WECC) and, in partnership with eraGlobal Alliance, the International Women’s Earth and Climate Initiative (IWECI), is accelerating in response! We are excited to report our developments and recent activities, and we thank our colleagues worldwide for their tireless efforts.
Women of the Land Protest Keystone XL
WECC/IWECI was pleased to observe the EPA issue a strong critique of the U.S. State Department’s evaluation and defense of the Keystone XL Pipeline. After a crowd 50,0000-strong protested the pipeline on February 16 at the “Forward on Climate” Rally, WECC coordinated the Women of the Land Delegates' meeting with the EPA to discuss the severe implications of the pipeline for frontline Indigenous communities and women farmers/ranchers from Texas. Five core women delegates presented their cases against the pipeline and advocated for swift action. The women also spoke from their hearts and shared moving stories as mothers and keepers of their traditional ways of life.
As the EPA’s report has helped stall advancements of the Keystone decision, WECC is delighted to congratulate the women who helped influence this decision. Women’s voices are essential as we continue protesting Keystone XL and further fossil-fuel resistance efforts.
We want to thank you for coming out to support the Women of the Land Delegation of the Women’s Earth and Climate Caucus--with the support of the Indigenous Environmental Network and 350.org--to Washington DC last month.
Many of you have asked us about both our post-rally event “Women of the Land Speak: Dispatches from the Front Lines of the Tar Sands to Renewables” and our meeting with the Environmental Protection Agency concerning the Keystone XL pipeline. For a full report, we encourage you to read this article.
Women Speaking Truth to Oil
Women of the Land Carry Their Fight Against the Keystone
by Claire Greensfelder March 7th, 2013
On an icy cold morning in February in Washington DC, Eleanor Fairchild was speaking to a camera crew near the Capitol Mall. “I wasn’t originally against the Tar Sands, I didn’t even know about the Tar Sands!” exclaimed the 78 year old diminutive but feisty Texas rancher. “I just wanted to stop this pipeline from destroying my land.”
The Women’s Earth and Climate Caucus (WECC) is starting off the year with a Women’s Delegation to Washington, D.C. where we will be hosting a February 17th event entitled Women of the Land Speak: Dispatches from the Frontlines of the Tar Sands to Renewables (see below for full details) If you are in D.C. we would love to have you attend. It will be a memorable evening featuring women leaders speaking out against the tar sands and its violation of their lands and communities, while also highlighting a conversation about implemental, clean-energy solutions.
Celebrating the Life of a Shining Leader, Rebecca Tarbotton,
We are all so very, very stunned and saddened by losing the brilliant , loving and visionary Rebecca Tarbotton, Executive Director of Rainforest Action Network. Please see this page dedicated to Becky http://ran.org/becky and please visit Rainforest Action Network for donations at http://ran.org.
Violent Economic "Reforms",
(Dr. Vandana Shiva shared her powerful article about the horrific Delhi gang rape and murder with the Women's Earth and Climate Caucus. We are honored to have her on our Advisory Council.)
Today the brave and courageous survivor of the Delhi gang rape breathed her last. This blog is a tribute to her and other victims of violence against women.
Violence against women is as old as patriarchy. But it has intensified and become more pervasive in the recent past. It has taken on more brutal forms, like the murder of the Delhi gang rape victim and the suicide of the 17 year old rape victim in Chandigarh.
Rape cases and cases of violence against women have increased over the years. The National Crime Records Bureau (NCRB) reported 10,068 rape cases in 1990 which increased to 16496 in 2000 . With 24,206 cases in 2011, rape cases jumped to incredible increase of 873% from 1971 when NCRB started to record cases of rape. And Delhi has emerged as the rape capital of India, accounting for 25% cases.
The movement to stop this violence must be sustained till justice is done for every one of our daughters and sisters who has been violated.
Bill McKibben, Nnimmo Bassey and Pablo Solon
Nov 28, 2012
As the UN climate negotiations kick off in Doha, Qatar, people all over the world are watching as floods wash away their lives, fires consume their houses and droughts decimate food crops. Just this morning, UNEP released a report warning that melting permafrost could release massive amounts of methane--a powerful greenhouse gas--into the atmosphere, bringing the planet ever closer to runaway climate change. Here's a letter from three powerful advocates for a safe climate to the leaders and negotiators in Doha:
To really address climate change UNFCCC-COP18 should decide to leave under the soil more than 2/3 of the fossil reserves
Commit to fierce urgency and ambition in solving the climate crisis
The Women's Earth and Climate Caucus is signing this petition, please join us. The UNFCCC Women and Gender Constituency in Doha is working hard!
Petitioning Parties Blocking Action on Climate Change at COP18 Petition by UNFCCC Women and Gender Constituency
We need a signal from you that you care about the women, men and youth of this world. So far, your lack of urgency to work towards the common goal of saving people and the planet has left us angered and dismayed. When you fail to make concrete commitments to scaled up and continued financing; when you cater to the interests of the fossil fuel industry over the interests of people; when you fail to stand on the side of innovation and progress and share sustainable, safe and equitable technologies; when you fail to ensure countries are enabled to adapt to and pay for the losses and damages resulting from climate change; when you fail to speak up for our rights; you do NOT speak for us.
The annual UN Climate Negotiations have begun in Doha, Qatar. We need this meeting to be other than a Sisyphus tale. The world as we know it and all Future Generations are at stake.
Women's Congress for Future Generations
Dear esteemed Women gathered for the Women’s Congress on Future Generations,
Heartfelt greetings to all. Carolyn Raffenspurger asked that I present some thoughts about Rights of Nature to the Congress. I want to begin by addressing Rights of Nature in context to wise words from one of our great foremothers and seminal environmentalists, Rachel Carson:
“The question is whether any civilization can wage relentless war on life without destroying itself, and without losing the right to be called civilized.”
Today, as we stand at the precipice of destruction of all life as we know it, this question of what we call “civilized” truly tears open the reality of our startling and dangerous circumstance.
WECC at Rio+20 Earth Summit
In the midst of the failure of governments to respond to what scientists are telling us we need to do to protect our earth and care for future generations, Rio held many opportunities of inspiration and promise for the thousands of activists, clean energy entrepreneurs, mayors and civil society organizations, who went there to meet, strategize and mobilize for building a future we really want.
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Women Leading the Way:
The Women's Earth and Climate Caucus (WECC) is hosting an official UN Side-Event at the Rio +20 Earth Summit in Brazil this June: Women Leading the Way: Mobilizing for an Equitable, Resilient and Thriving Future. Speakers include: Vandana Shiva, Ted Turner and Marina Silva and many others. As we know you deeply understand, the voices and representation of women at these negotiations is of vital importance and we are very glad to be highlighting women's leadership at this event. Please see full agenda and details below. WECC also will be in action advocating with the Women's Major Group and hosting a Women’s Leadership session at the parallel People’s Summit.
Women’s Earth and Climate Caucus on the Steering Committee of the Women’s Major Group for Rio + 20 Earth Summit.
May 11, 2012
Here is the Vision we support:
Women’s Vision for Rio+20: an Equitable and Sustainable World
Social equity, gender equality and environmental justice must form the heart of sustainable development, and of the outcomes of the Rio+20 UN conference in 2012. Twenty years after the first Rio conference, great social and economic inequities still remain. These inequities especially affect women and children, who make up the majority of those living in poverty.
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RIGHTS OF MOTHER EARTH:
What WECC is reading in preparation for Rio + 20 Earth Summit.
The Fallacies of Green Growth , UNCTAD
Here is the abstract of the paper:
On International Women's Day, the Women’s Earth and Climate Caucus celebrates women leaders and activists worldwide
On International Women's Day, the Women’s Earth and Climate Caucus celebrates women leaders and activists worldwide who everyday show their love and care for our Earth and Future Generations.
WECC just returned from sessions at the UN Commission on the Status of Women where WECC participated in: Rural Women, Climate Change and Access to Energy with former President of Ireland, Mary Robinson; the executive director of UN Women, Michelle Bachelet; rural women leaders; and many extraordinary women’s organizations.
THE WOMEN’S EARTH AND CLIMATE CAUCUS –
"Apartheid seemed an overwhelming challenge that could not be defeated but we mobilized and defeated it. We need the same passion and determination to defeat climate change "
From November 28 through December 9, 2011 the Women’s Earth and Climate Caucus (WECC), located in the San Francisco Bay Area, was represented at the United Nations Climate Negotiations in Durban, South Africa by Osprey Orielle Lake, Founder and President of WECC.