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The White House Women's Leadership Summit on Climate and Energy
June 04, 2013

On May 23rd, WECC Founder/President and Founder/Co-Director of IWECI, Osprey Orielle Lake, attended the White House Women’s Leadership Summit on Climate and Energy. At this meeting, 100 women leaders selected from the public and private sector were invited to engage in dialogue about President Obama’s climate and energy agenda. Topics included the science of climate change, communication about the climate and energy challenges, policy solutions, and activism in our workplaces, careers, and communities.

WECC take-away: Remarkable women across the U.S. are leaders in organizing and implementing sustainability solutions in their communities. However, as we continue our work in our own communities, it is critical that we unify, coordinate and collaborate to demand effective policies. As President Obama said in his Earth Day Proclamation, “Nothing is more powerful than a million voices calling for change.” Women need to be those voices!

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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.

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Women of the Land Speak: Dispatches from the Frontlines of the Tar Sands to Renewables

March 07, 2013

The Women’s Earth and Climate Caucus sent a delegation to D.C. and hosted an event on February 17th titled Women of the Land Speak: Dispatches from the Frontlines of the Tar Sands to Renewables.


Women Speaking Truth to Oil

Women of the Land Carry Their Fight Against the Keystone
XL Pipeline and for Climate and Energy Sanity to Washington DC

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.”

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New publication focuses on facilitating transformational change in eleven developing countries

February 27, 2013

 

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New Paper Released: Managing Investment Portfolios without Fossil Fuel Stocks
February 22, 2013

Portfolio 21 has released a new publication titled "Managing Investment Portfolios without Fossil Fuel Stocks." The paper details the unique investment risks of the coal, oil, and gas sector, as well as how our firm manages portfolio diversification without fossil fuel exploration and production stocks.

This paper is intended to provide information to investment professionals and individual investors interested in the emerging "fossil free investing" movement. This campaign is seeking to encourage institutional investors to divest from fossil fuel companies, due to their climate change impact and corporate environmental practices.

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Commit to fierce urgency and ambition in solving the climate crisis
January 04, 2013

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

Dear Parties,

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.

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May 31, 2013


IWECI is a partnership of Women’s Earth and Climate Caucus and eraGlobal Alliance

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Dear Friends,

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.

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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.

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Dear Friends,

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.

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Women Speaking Truth to Oil

Women of the Land Carry Their Fight Against the Keystone
XL Pipeline and for Climate and Energy Sanity to Washington DC

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.”

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February 1, 2013

Dear Friends,

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.

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Celebrating the Life of a Shining Leader, Rebecca Tarbotton,
January 2, 2013

Rebecca Tarbotton, Executive Director of Rainforest Action Network

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.

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Violent Economic "Reforms",
and the Growing Violence against Women

By Vandana Shiva
29th Dec 2012

(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.

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Honoring the Sacred: Indigenous Wisdom on Rights of Mother Earth
December 28, 2012

The Following piece was written by Shannon Biggs of Global Exchange, and Osprey Orielle Lake. You can also find it on the Women’s Earth and Climate Caucus news page.

"When we speak of ecosystems as ‘resources’ — it is as if we are saying the Earth is in the business of liquidating itself.”
– Randy Kapashesit of the Cree Nation

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Obama: Climate change among top three priorities for second term
December 19, 2012

President Obama has identified climate change as one of his top three priorities in his second term after coming under fire from environmentalists for giving the issue short shrift during the campaign.

Bill McKibben, Nnimmo Bassey and Pablo Solon

Nov 28, 2012
An open letter to governments and their negotiators


By Bill McKibben founder of 350.org, Nnimmo Bassey Environmental Rights Action (Friends of the Earth Nigeria) & Coordinator of Oilwatch International, Pablo Solon Executive Director of Focus on the Global South, former Bolivian Ambassador to the UN and former chief negotiator for climate change

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
 
2012 saw the shocking melt of the Arctic, leading our greatest climatologist to declare a 'planetary emergency,' and it saw weather patterns wreck harvests around the world, raising food prices by 40% and causing family emergencies in poor households throughout the world.

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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

Dear Parties,

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.

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UNFCCC, Doha

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.
The Kyoto Protocol expires this year and an extension is viewed as one of the most urgent tasks. Additionally, a new global treaty is being drafted ( one that would also apply to developing countries). PROBLEM: This new treaty is supposed to be adopted in 2015 and be implemented FIVE years later. We simply don't have that kind of time. Nature is not waiting while governments negotiate.
As part of the Global Gender Climate Alliance, the Women's Earth and Climate Caucus is promoting three messages at the COP18 Climate Negotiations in Doha:

  1. Recognizing the progress achieved over the last four years to integrate critical gender equality and women's rights issues across the six pillars of the Bali Action Plan, THE LCA SHOULD REAFFIRM THE IMPORTANCE OF GENDER-RESPONSIVE CLIMATE POLICIES AND PROGRAMMING.

  2. Building on the significant progress on gender provisions in the UNFCCC while looking ahead toward more effective implementation, THE ADP VISION SHOULD EMBRACE A COMPREHENSIVE APPROACH THAT INTEGRATES SOCIAL DIMENSIONS AND FURTHER ADVANCES GENDER EQUALITY PROVISIONS ALREADY ACHIEVED IN THE LCA.

  3. UNFCCC DECISIONS SHOULD TRANSLATE INTO MEANINGFUL ACTION AND PRACTICE THAT PROMOTES AND ENSURES GENDER RESPONSIVE CLIMATE POLICY AND PRACTICE. The proposal for a new decision to promote gender equality through improving the participation of women in UNFCCC negotiations and in the representation of Parties in bodies established by the UNFCCC and the Kyoto Protocol is an example of one such meaningful action.

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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.

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Obama: Climate change among top three priorities for second term
December 19, 2012

President Obama has identified climate change as one of his top three priorities in his second term after coming under fire from environmentalists for giving the issue short shrift during the campaign.

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WECC at Rio+20 Earth Summit

The Rio+20 Earth Summit was the largest conference in the history of the United Nations with over 50,000 participants. Yet, the size of the gathering did nothing to transform the great loss of opportunity for governments to generate agreements and action plans that would truly usher in a sustainable future. Governments primarily met at Rio to protect their narrow interests instead of setting forth bold actions and ambitious goals required for a world living on the brink of dangerous ecological tipping points. Fortunately, the weak results from the negotiations are only one part of the story coming out of Rio.

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:
Mobilizing for an Equitable, Resilient and Thriving Future

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.


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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:
RESTORING INDIGENOUS LIFE WAYS OF RESPONSIBILITY AND RESPECT

April 2012
The Following piece was written by Shannon Biggs and Osprey Orielle Lake.
‘When we speak of ecosystems as ‘resources’ — it is as if we are saying the Earth is in the business of liquidating itself.” - Randy Kapashesit of the Cree Nation



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What WECC is reading in preparation for Rio + 20 Earth Summit.
This paper provides an excellent analysis:

The Fallacies of Green Growth , UNCTAD

Here is the abstract of the paper:

Many economists and policy makers advocate a fundamental shift towards “green growth” as the new, qualitatively-different growth paradigm, based on enhanced material/resource/energy efficiency and drastic changes in the energy mix. “Green growth” may work well in creating new growth impulses with reduced environmental load and facilitating related technological and structural change. But can it also mitigate climate change at the required scale (i.e. significant, absolute and permanent decline of GHG emissions at global level) and pace?

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On International Women's Day, the Women’s Earth and Climate Caucus celebrates women leaders and activists worldwide
March 8th, 2012

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.

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THE WOMEN’S EARTH AND CLIMATE CAUCUS –
VOICES FROM SOUTH AFRICA COP17 AND MOVING FORWARD IN 2012

January 2012
By Wyolah Garden, Project Coordinator
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 "
Desmond Tutu

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.

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Women's Earth and Climate Action Network
WECAN

 
 
 
 

Rights of Nature

WECC serves as an
International Advocate
for rights of nature

Global Alliance for
the Rights of Nature

WECC was a
contributing author
to the Rio+20
Global Exchange Report
on Right of Nature

Cormac Cullinan and
Osprey Orielle Lake
interviewed by UN Radio
about Rights of Nature

Rights of Nature and
the International
Women's Earth and
Climate Initiative

 
 

Interview on
Go Green Radio
with WECC Founder
and President,
Osprey Orielle Lake
discussing WECC and her award winning book,
Uprisings for the Earth: Reconnecting Culture
with Nature

 
 
 

"Women are living on the frontlines of climate
change, and are ready
to be active partners in dealing with climate
change. If the international community is serious about addressing climate change,
it must recognize women
as a fundamental part
of the climate solution."
 -Wangari Maathai

 
 
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