Dear Community,
Globally communities are rising for people and planet in the coming months. Please join us for upcoming events and ways to take action!
Facing the Climate Emergency on the Road to COP27: Solutions and Perspectives from Global Women and Gender Diverse Leaders
September 20-22, 2022
As the world prepares for COP27 during the UN General Assembly and Climate Week in September, global climate justice movements are demanding governments and financial institutions take urgent climate action. Climate chaos and injustices continue to proliferate globally due to the interconnected systems of patriarchy, capitalism, racism, the commodification of nature, colonialism, and imperialism. To confront deepening interlocking crises and accelerate a path forward, women are collectively upholding and working to advance just and resilient community-led solutions.

During this three-day forum, grassroots, Indigenous, Black, Brown, and frontline women and gender diverse leaders, global advocates, and policy-makers will join together in solidarity to speak out against environmental and social injustice, draw attention to root causes of multiple interlocking crises, and present the diverse array of visions, projects, policy frameworks and strategies with which they are working to shape a healthy and equitable world. The Forum is an inclusive space across identities and the gender spectrum, and there will be both in-person and virtual events. To respect elders and immuno-compromised persons, masks are required for in-person events. Thank you for your understanding.

Many thanks to the amazing leaders who will be joining us for the panels. Please see the Forum Agenda below, to learn more about each event and register individually. All in-person events will also be live-streamed.
African Feminist Perspectives on COP27 and Beyond
September 20, 12:00 pm Eastern Time USA
Virtual Event, Register here!

Speakers Include : Neema Namadamu, Founder, Synergy of Congolese Women’s Associations (SAFECO), and Democratic Republic of Congo Coordinator, Women’s Earth and Climate Action Network (WECAN), DR Congo; Rita Uwaka, Forest & Biodiversity Program Coordinator, Friends of the Earth Africa (FoEA), Nigeria; Sostine Namanya, Gender & Food Security Projects Officer, National Association of Professional Environmentalists (NAPE), Uganda; Anne Songole, Climate Justice Coordinator, The African Women’s Development and Communications Network (FEMNET), Kenya; with comments and moderation by Osprey Orielle Lake, WECAN Executive Director.
Women for Climate Justice: Solutions and Calls to Action on the Road to COP27
September 21, 5:00pm Eastern Time USA
In-person event, Register here!
Location: Church Center of the United Nations, 777 United Nations Plaza, New York, NY 10017

Speakers Include : Thilmeeza Hussain, Permanent Representative to the United Nations & Ambassador to the United States from the Maldives; Jacqui Patterson, Founder and Executive Director, The Chisholm Legacy Project, USA; Diana Duarte, Director of Policy and Strategic Engagement, MADRE, USA; Farhana Yamin, Associate Fellow, Energy, Environment and Resources Programme Chatham House, UK; Jade Begay (Diné / Tesuque Pueblo), Climate Justice Campaign Director, NDN Collective, Turtle Island; with comments and moderation by Osprey Orielle Lake, WECAN Executive Director.
Women Land Defenders on the Frontlines of Biodiversity Protection and Climate Action
September 21, 6:30pm Eastern Time USA
In-person event, Register here!
Location: Church Center of the United Nations, 777 United Nations Plaza, New York, NY 10017

Speakers Include : Patricia Gualinga (Kichwa), Indigenous Leader from Sarayaku, and Spokeswoman, Mujeres Amazónicas Defensoras de la Selva, Ecuador; Lucy Mulenkei (Maasai), Executive Director, Indigenous Information Network, Kenya; Ozawa Bineshi Albert, Climate Justice Alliance Co-Executive Director, Turtle Island; Xiye Bastida (Otomi-Toltec), Co-founder and Board, Re-earth Initiative, Turtle Island; with comments and moderation by Osprey Orielle Lake, WECAN Executive Director.
Women Leading Fossil Fuel Divestment and Resistance
September 22, 1:00 pm Eastern Time USA
Virtual Event, Register here!

Speakers Include : Roishetta Ozane, Community Organizer for Southwest Louisiana and Southeast Texas, Healthy Gulf; Gaagigeyaashiik - Dawn Goodwin (Ojibwe/White Earth), Representative at Indigenous Environmental Network and Co-founder of R.I.S.E. Coalition, 1855 Treaty; Dr. Laalitha Surapaneni, MD, MPH, Assistant Professor, General Internal Medicine, University of Minnesota; Leila Salazar-López, Executive Director, Amazon Watch; Jodie Evans, Co-founder, CODEPINK; with comments and moderation by Osprey Orielle Lake, WECAN Executive Director.
WECAN is currently raising funds for our program and upcoming frontline women's delegation to the United Nations climate talks at COP27. Thank you for your support!
Women for Forests Actions & Updates
Take Action to Protect Old-Growth and Mature Forests!
Right now the U.S. Forest Service and Bureau of Land Management are calling for public comments in response to President Biden’s Earth Day Executive order on mature and old growth forests. This is an opportunity to help shape future policies to ensure forests remain standing for current and future generations.

Please join WECAN in submitting a comment by August 30. Submit your comment here.

Your comment can support the development of lasting protections for public forests that are vital in the fight against the climate & biodiversity crises. Your voice matters in this process, and each comment submitted represents support for President Biden protecting our remaining mature and old-growth forests.
Big Win for the Tongass and All Climate Forests!
We are celebrating the recent passage of the Wildfire Response and Drought Resiliency Act, a bill to reduce forest fires and help Western communities conserve water. The legislation includes the text of the Roadless Area Conservation Act (RACA), which will codify protections for inventoried roadless areas. We have been advocating for RACA since 2018 through the WECAN Indigenous Women’s Tongass Hub, and we are thrilled that the bill will further protections for the Tongass National forest and old-growth forests throughout the United States. This provision will enhance conservation goals and access to clean water while also allowing for responsible forest management. 
The WECAN Indigenous Women's Tongass Delegation advocating for forest protections
 and RACA in Washington D.C.. Photo Credit: Melissa Lyttle
Kichwa Community Meets to Uphold Kawsak Sacha and Protect the Amazon
At the end of July, the Kichwa People of Sarayaku held a gathering for the Kawsak Sacha (The Living Forest), called Kawsari, with the participation of more than 200 people with representatives of peoples and nationalities from Ecuador, Peru and Colombia.

Kawsari served as a platform for the official launch of the Autonomous Law on the exercise of the right to Free, Prior and Informed Consent of the Original Kichwa People of Sarayaku , which will be part of the regulations that will strengthen the self-determination of the people and that will be binding and mandatory compliance in the territory of Sarayaku (province of Pastaza, in the Ecuadorian Amazon). WECAN was honored to support this ongoing effort. Please learn more about the meeting here.
Divestment and Fossil Fuel Resistance
Actions & Updates
Responding to the U.S. Inflation Reduction Act
“While it is absolutely vital that Congress take action on the climate crisis, it must not be overlooked that we cannot gut crucial aspects of NEPA and the Clean Water Act; further fossil fuel expansion; and sacrifice frontline communities — no community is disposable. To avert the worst impacts of the climate crisis, we need transformative policies that end dependence on fossil fuels and the perpetuation of environmental racism, Indigenous rights violations, and sacrificed communities. With the escalation of climate-induced fires, floods and heat waves globally, business as usual must not and cannot continue — we need bold climate action, which includes President Biden declaring a Climate Emergency, stopping all new fossil fuel expansion, and investing in an immediate, just, and equitable energy transition. We will not give up on a thriving and healthy future for all generations, and that means ending the tyranny of the fossil fuel industry, listening to frontline leadership, and claiming a Climate Emergency now."
Osprey Orielle Lake, WECAN Executive Director
Recently, the U.S. passed the Inflation Reduction Act (IRA), which includes important provisions for renewable energy, climate and health, but also dangerous investments in false climate solutions and fossil fuel expansion, which will harm and sacrifice frontline communities and ecosystems.

As part of the recent passage of the IRA, Senator Joe Manchin made approval of the Mountain Valley Pipeline a part of his conditions to support the IRA through a dirty side deal that seeks permitting changes to fast-track fossil fuel infrastructure.

Please join us in taking action with frontline communities to stop the upcoming side deal that locks in further fossil fuel Infrastructure, worsens sacrifice zones, and seeks to strip vital environmental protections. 

Take Action to Stop the Mountain Valley Pipeline!
Stop the Mountain Valley Pipeline (MVP), a proposed 304-mile-long fracked gas pipeline which, if built, would span from northwestern West Virginia to southern Virginia. 

The MVP is years behind schedule, billions of dollars over budget, and missing multiple federal authorizations. The pipeline has already brought destruction to the Blue Ridge Mountains, and communities impacted by the proposed pipeline are continuing to unite and call for solidarity and support. Together, we can stop MVP! Take action below:

  • SAVE THE DATE - Leaders of the movement to Stop MVP are calling for action! Join WECAN, frontline leaders, and allies to take action in Washington D.C. demanding legislators stop the side deal and stand with frontline communities. We will share more details soon!

  • SEND A MESSAGE TODAY demanding that the top six financial backers of the Mountain Valley Pipeline (MVP) pull their money and stop funding the Mountain Valley Pipeline.
Indigenous Women Meet with the Army Corps Of Engineers to Stop Line 5
This week, Indigenous women leaders held a second meeting with the Army Corps of Engineers to discuss the impacts of the proposed Line 5 pipeline. WECAN is honored to organize and convene these meetings, and we are continuing to work with local coalitions to support efforts to stop the Line 5 pipeline.

The current Line 5 Pipeline, which is long past its lifespan, is pumping tar sands oil under expired permits, transporting 22 million gallons of crude oil each day through northern Wisconsin, Michigan’s Upper Peninsula, and under the Straits of Mackinac. Currently, Enbridge is proposing to expand the Line 5 pipeline, despite the strong opposition of the Bad River Band of Lake Superior Chippewa and other Tribes. The new Line 5 pipeline expansion and re-route would threaten local aquifers and waterways, Treaty Rights, and our global climate.

The Army Corps of Engineers recently announced that they will start the process for an Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) for the Line 5 pipeline in the Great Lakes Region, for only one segment of the project. The EIS is open for public comment until October 15. Please join us in submitting a comment opposing this destructive pipeline by clicking here. WECAN will be sharing further information on the comment period in the next newsletter.
Civil Society Groups Say UN-backed TNFD Proposal Risks Opening a New Frontier for Corporate Greenwashing on Nature
At the beginning of August, thirteen civil society organizations, including WECAN, sounded the alarm about the corporate greenwashing on nature that the work of the Taskforce on Nature-related Financial Disclosures (TNFD) might facilitate.

The TNFD is a voluntary initiative led by business but endorsed by various actors on the international stage. Like its sister initiative, the Task Force on Climate-related Financial Disclosures, TNFD will likely serve as a blueprint from which government regulators will draw information, as public concern continues to build about the nature and biodiversity crisis and the trillions of dollars in financing that drive it. Learn more in this press release.
Celebrating the Rights of Nature in Ponca Nation!
“This is just another step in protecting the sacred waters which are the life sources of all things on Mother Earth, not just for our tribe. We have so much to learn from our waters, everything upstream impacts everything downstream, we are all connected.” Casey Camp-Horinek, Ponca Nation Environmental Ambassador and WECAN Board Member.

On July 6, the Ponca Tribe of Indians of Oklahoma Business Committee unanimously adopted a new statute recognizing the “immutable Rights of Rivers’’ for two rivers and other water bodies that flow through their territory.

In September local and national tribes will gather to celebrating this victory for Indigenous Rights and Rights of Nature. WECAN is honored to help co-sponsor this gathering, coordinated by WECAN Board Member Casey Camp-Horinek and our friends at Movement Rights. For more information, please see Movement Rights website here.
Celebrating WECAN Researchers and Interns!
Please join us in welcoming WECAN's Women Speak Researchers: Britt Wilson, Ilinca Drondoe,
Dilisha Gunawardena, and Emily Miller. As Researchers they will support the ongoing efforts of the WECAN Women Speak Database, documenting the many struggles and solutions of women worldwide for climate justice. Learn more about Women Speak here.

We are also welcoming Social Media Intern Juyeon Shin, who will support WECAN's social media and communications efforts.

We send gratitude and appreciation to our outgoing WECAN social media intern, Selma Baradat, based in France. Thank you!

If you are interested in learning more about WECAN intern and volunteer opportunities, please see our website.
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For the Earth and All Generations,

Women's Earth and Climate Action Network
(WECAN) International Team