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News from 2014

Climate Women Speak Out in Lima, Peru During COP20 Negotiations

November 24, 2014

Dear Friends and Allies,


In less than two weeks, international policy makers will gather in Lima, Peru for the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) COP20, working to draft a global climate agreement in preparation for negotiations in Paris in 2015. 


For climate justice to be the foundation of our global path forward, the voices of women and Indigenous and frontline communities need to be present and prominent in Lima and beyond. The Women's Earth and Climate Action Network (WECAN International) will be on-the-ground in Lima for this purpose, advocating within the U.N. climate negotiations, and presenting and participating in a powerful series of grassroots events. 


Will you support WECAN International as we mobilize for climate justice and equitable solutions in Lima?

Women Mobilizing From New York to Lima

November 11, 2014


From the WECAN Team
Dear Friends and Allies, 
As we head into the long nights of the Autumn/Winter cycle, we are taking stock of past months. As many of you surely know, the year 2014 will likely be the hottest on record, and climate impacts are quickly becoming more visible and threatening to the Earth and communities across the globe. At the same time, we are witnessing a great upwelling of mobilization for climate justice and solutions; hundreds of thousands took to the streets for the People's Climate March, powerful local struggles are expanding, renewable energy and localization efforts are growing, and people worldwide are rising up to demand action from world leaders. 
The final section of the world's most internationally accepted and comprehensive scientific report on climate change, the IPCC AR5, was released this week and we want to highlight an important breakthrough; the concept of completely "phasing out" fossil fuels and driving carbon emissions to zero is now officially being discussed in the UN and international media. The message of the report is as clear as ever: we are facing a dire crisis, there are ways to mitigate the worst impacts, but we must take action immediately. As the Women's Earth and Climate Action Network (WECAN International) has been stating in all of our actions and reports: we can act now, we must act now. Read on to learn about our recent mobilizing efforts in New York City, our newly released Women's Climate Action Agenda, and upcoming work in Lima, Peru during the UNFCCC climate negotiations. 

Women on the Frontlines of Climate Change: Negotiations in Peru

November 03, 2014

Dear Friends and Allies Across the Globe,


Over the past few months we have begun to feel a change in the air. Issues of environmental crisis and climate justice are increasingly at the forefront of global conversations. We know we have only a brief window of time to take action to avoid catastrophic climate impacts, and together around the world we are raising our voices while we work unceasingly to bring about just solutions.

Women's Climate Action Agenda Released by Women's Earth and Climate Action Network (WECAN International)

September 10, 2014

The Women's 
Climate Action Agenda
(now available for download here)
Drafted with initial input from more than 100 international women leaders during the 2013 International Women's Earth and Climate Summit, the Women's Climate Action Agenda analyzes the root causes of the environmental destruction and social injustice threatening both people and planet, and offers powerful recommendations and alternative solutions to the climate crisis. 

For the Earth and Future Generations

September 03, 2014
From the WECAN Team

This month, international politicians, business figures and activists will gather in New York City for the UN Climate Leadership Summit. In the days preceding his crucial assembly, civil society organizations worldwide - including the Women's Earth and Climate Action Network (WECAN International/WECC) - will lead a variety of events and actions, demanding that global leaders end years of stagnation and come to the table with innovative proposals and the collective will to make concrete commitments to climate action.


Join us in NYC, or stand in solidarity in your local communities. Information and registration for all WECAN events and actions are available here.

Rays of Light From Women Building a Movement

July 12, 2014
Dear Friends and Allies,
As summer moves into full season, we are delighted to share updates on our many events and actions, including WECAN's agenda for the People's Climate March, UN Climate Leadership Summit and NY Climate Week this September; our recently completed Regional Solutions Trainings in the Middle East North Africa region and the Democratic Republic of Congo; and the upcoming Economics of Sustainability Conference in San Francisco.  
We also want to give a shout-out to our dedicated allies who've just completed their fifth and final Healing Walk at the Tar Sands in Canada.  Click here to view their inspiring video. The fight goes on, and we stand with you in the many years to come.

"Ripples that produce waves ..."

June 03, 2014
Thanks to our sponsors, honorees and supporters for making the 2014 CELF Gala an enormous success and for making CELF's work possible throughout the year. The Gala was an inspiring springboard towards building CELF's capacity to reach dozens more schools; hundreds more teachers; thousands more students; who will collectively help shape a healthier, more sustainable future for all. 
Andrew Revkin, Ted Turner and Sally Ranney
Gala honorees Andrew Revkin and Sally Ranney with special guest Ted Turner.
Thanks to honorees Sally Ranney and Andrew Revkin for lighting up the night with optimism and insight about the impact of education and human ingenuity. 

Back to DC for Keystone Decision

April 19, 2014

Dear Friends,

On April 22nd, an alliance of ranchers, farmers, tribal communities, and their allies - called the Cowboy Indian Alliance will ride into Washington DC for the fight against the Keystone XL pipeline. They will set up camp for 5 days of actions to remind President Obama of the threat the tar sands pipeline poses to climate, land, water and tribal rights. Reject and Protect


On April 26th there will be a powerful march to the White House. The Women's Earth and Climate Action Network WECAN will bring a delegation and stand with these front line communities and everyone is welcome to participate. 
 Photo: Bloomberg.com

International Women’s Day 2014: Celebrating women in the Amazon

March 13, 2014

Dear Friends,

At WECAN and WECC we are celebrating International Women's Day by celebrating the remarkable efforts of women around the world who care for their families and communities under extreme environmental hardships and injustices. Today we want to highlight women defending their way of life and lands in the Amazon. Last October women from 7 different indigenous tribes of the Ecuadorian Amazon marched to Quito defend their lands from aggressive oil and mining policies. WECAN and WECC have been collaborating with Amazon Watch to support the Amazonian women in their courageous efforts. Beginning on March 8th in Coca, Eduador there will be a poignant photo exhibit by Felipe Jacome showing the women who marched and sharing their stories. Please see the link to the photos and testimonials


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WECAN Newsletter Feb 2014

February 11, 2014

Dear Friends,


The New Year has begun with a surge of activity. Here we come 2014!


On January 31st, the U.S. State Department released its final Environmental Impact Statement of the Keystone XL pipeline proposal. Things are literally heating up: according to the Sierra Club, Keystone XL will enable TransCanada to extract an additional 830,000 barrels of tar sands crude per day, meaning an additional 181 million metric tons of CO2 each year, equal to building 51 coal plants or putting 37 million more cars on the road.


We can't afford this. The planet can't afford this.


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