Women of the Itombwe Rainforest region in the Democratic Republic of Congo walk to their tree nursery,
as part of WECAN's 'Women For Forests' program in collaboration with our partners SAFECO
December 27, 2016
Dear Friends and Allies,
The Women's Earth and Climate Action Network, International (WECAN) sends our deepest gratitude to all
of you in our growing network as we reflect upon a
powerful year of collective work for women's leadership, climate justice, on-the-ground solutions, Indigenous rights, rights of the nature, and strong solidarity with all protectors of water, land and life.
Giventhe rise and deepening of oppressive political landscapesfaced in the U.S. and many global nations, we will need each other now more than ever.It is clear we have a great deal of work to do, andthatthe next years are going to require very strategic planning, action and solidarity at every turn. As we face multiple crises from the quickening climate crisis to massive environmental degradation - from detrimental social and economic injustice, to dangerous environmental racism - we will need to raise our spirits and efforts ever higher and look to the long arc as we strengthen our collective work to halt great loss and destruction.
This we know: Mother Earth is powerful and will prevail with all her magnificence and wonder. This we can remember: We are also powerful and resilient - and fiercely in love with life and beauty, justice and hope.
WECAN is ready to forge ahead to build the healthy and just world we seek, and no matter what may come, we will not give up! Stand with usand together, we can work to ensure that diverse women's voices for justice and solutions are at the forefront of all action and policy to address the many intersectional aspects of the climate crisis. It is time to hear from the women of our world!
Please consider closing 2016 with a gift in support of WECAN's work for the Earth and our global communities. Click here to donate today. Thank you!
For the Earth and All Generations,
Osprey Orielle Lake
Co-Founder and Executive Director
Women's Earth and Climate Action Network
Women leaders from the WECAN network and allies from around the world
join together in solidarity at WECAN's public event in Marrakech, Morocco during
the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change COP22
Indigenous and grassroots women leaders, organizational allies and WECAN's Executive Director
during a #NoNewLeases and #NoDAPL action and petition delivery
outside of the White House in Washington, D.C., organized by the Keep It In the Ground Coalition
Women leaders from the Maldives, DR Congo, Guatemala, Chile, Zimbabwe, Canada, Bolivia and the U.S. rise for climate justice during a WECAN event inside of the United Nations
Framework Convention on Climate Change COP22 in Marrakech, Morocco
Patricia Gualinga (center) of the Kichwa People of Sarayaku, Ecuador speaks out against oil drilling in the Ecuadorian Amazon during WECAN's event at the IUCN World Conservation Congress. Also pictured:
Leila Salazar Lopez (Amazon Watch, left) and Osprey Orielle Lake (WECAN International, right)
WECAN leaders and global allies take action in the streets of Marrakech during the