Dear Friends and Allies,
This is a friendly reminder to join us IN TWO DAYS on Thursday, May 28 for WECAN's upcoming dynamic dialogue, "Structuring an Economy for People and Planet in the Time of Climate Crisis and COVID-19”. During this webinar, women and feminists from different regions of the world will unite to discuss alternative economies that counteract extractive economic systems, colonization, racism, and patriarchy— and instead visibilize women’s labor, center Indigenous knowledge, and prioritize people and planet. There could not be a more important time to ensure we do not go back to business as usual.

Structuring an Economy for People and Planet
In the Time of Climate Crisis and COVID-19
Thursday, May 28, 2020
11:00 am PST/ 2:00 pm EST USA time
Please check your own time zone to coordinate!
Registration is required - register at this link
Speakers include:
Melina Laboucan-Massimo, Lubicon Cree First Nation
Campaign Director, Indigenous Climate Action, Turtle Island
Ruth Nyambura
Kenyan Activist, African Ecofeminist Collective, Kenya
Cindy Wiesner
Executive Director, Grassroots Global Justice Alliance, USA
Dr. Julia Kim
Program Director, Gross National Happiness (GNH) Center, Bhutan
Rauna Kuokkanen, Sápmi
Research Professor of Arctic Indigenous Studies, the University of Lapland, Finland
Ellen Brown
Attorney and Founder of the Public Banking Institute, USA
with comments and moderation by
Osprey Orielle Lake
Executive Director, Women's Earth and Climate Action Network (WECAN), USA

How to Participate
REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED, please register here:

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About the Webinar
As unemployment severely rises, food and housing are under further threat, oil prices plummet, and some governments insist on bailing out the fossil fuel sector and other destructive industries instead of people and nature— the COVID-19 pandemic has laid bare the already existing severe cracks in our global economic system. What is needed now is investment in economies founded on principles of justice, reciprocity, and regeneration.

Rooted in neo-liberal capitalism, the current economic system is set to continue to rapaciously extract resources from the Earth and drive the dual crises of climate chaos and pandemics, while exploiting the labor of people worldwide to line the pockets of wealthy CEOs, fossil fuel companies and other large corporations. As we see disaster capitalism play out in real time, we must dismantle the current system and call for a regenerative, rights-based economy that prioritizes communities and nature.

An integral part of the fight for climate justice is rejecting false market-driven "solutions." This includes the effort to expose and dismantle the roots of the extractivist economy that is inextricably intertwined with the patriarchal system that has been exploiting women and the environment for centuries. Women are on the frontlines of the climate crisis and the COVID-19 pandemic, making up 70% of healthcare workers worldwide and the majority of unpaid care workers who bear the brunt of a broken economic system.

We are calling for a transition from a colonial paradigm of “exploit and extract” to a regenerative, globally-conscious one of “respect and restore.” What is needed now is an investment in alternative economic models predicated on community-led solutions, Indigenous knowledge, and ancient concepts of reciprocity with the Earth and all living beings. Already there are Indigenous economies to learn from and an emergence of socially just, place-based, caring economic models that are structuring a path forward.

This webinar is part of WECAN’s Advocacy and Solutions Series: A Just and Healthy World is Possible, an ongoing dialogue series lifting up women's leadership as we continue to collectively build a powerful movement founded on principles of justice, love, and a fierce dedication to our planet and each other.
Thank you and we hope you can join us!
 Artists United for Amazonia: Protecting the Protectors Livestream to Benefit the Amazon Emergency Fund
Dealing with the dual crises of COVID-19 and climate chaos, Indigenous and forest communities throughout the Amazon are uniquely vulnerable, deeply impacted, and have been left unsupported by their governments. In response, an unprecedented coalition of Indigenous and allied organizations, including WECAN, joined together to launch the Amazon Emergency Fund, to channel direct support to forest guardians in the form of rapid response grants for urgent COVID-19 prevention and care in all 9 Amazon countries.

As part of the Amazon Emergency Fund's launch, Artists for Amazonia is hosting Artists United for Amazonia: Protecting the Protectors on May 28 at 8pm ET/5pm PT featuring musical performances, entertainment influencers, Indigenous leaders, scientists, and conservation advocates!

Join us in solidarity with Indigenous peoples of the Amazon, and help defend Earth Defenders!

Internship Opportunities!
Join WECAN's "Women Speak" Research Team!
The Women's Earth and Climate Action Network is seeking several new "Women Speak" Research Interns to join our dynamic team of women working for climate justice, systemic change and women's leadership in climate change solutions.

"Women Speak" Research Interns will work remotely from their home region, with a fantastic team from around the world - to conduct pointed research, summary writing, and data upload to contribute to the WECAN storytelling and research database - ' Women Speak: Stories, Case Studies and Solutions From The Frontlines of Climate Change’.

This is a 5 hour a week remote position which may be carried out independently. If you have any questions please reach out to Karina Gonzalez, Women Speak Programs Coordinator at
Apply for WECAN's Social Media Internship!
The Women's Earth and Climate Action Network is also looking for a new Social Media Intern to as a volunteer, under the guidance of WECAN's Communications Coordinator to contribute to WECAN's storytelling and advocacy, primarily through weekly social media research, planning, and scheduling.

In this position, the Social Media Intern will have the opportunity to strengthen their skills in online organizing, communications strategy, and creative storytelling, while connecting with a diverse international network of powerful climate women. There are also ample opportunities to learn about different aspects of climate justice and community-led solutions through a feminist lens.

If you have questions, please reach out to Katherine Quaid, WECAN Communications Coordinator,
Watch WECAN's short film, "Stand with Indigenous Peoples of Brazil, the Amazon and the Climate"
WECAN's short film, "Stand with Indigenous Peoples of Brazil, the Amazon and the Climate" is now on virtual tour with the Wild & Scenic Film Festival! M ore details can be found here.

The Amazon Rainforest and Brazil’s Indigenous peoples are under increasing attack with President Bolsonaro and his regime’s devastating assaults on social and environmental protections. Women’s Earth and Climate Action Network (WECAN) International organized travels in New York for Sônia Bone Guajajara, a prominent Indigenous leader, to denounce Bolsonaro’s assaults, and to advocate for the rights of Indigenous Peoples, the climate, and the protection of the Amazon.
For the Earth and All Generations,

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