For the Earth and All Generations 
Women's Earth & Climate Action Network Newsletter
December 21,  2015
 Dear Friends and Allies,

Winter Greetings! The Women's Earth and Climate Action Network delegation has just returned from an intense, inspiring and moving two weeks on the ground in Paris during COP21 climate negotiations. We come home with hope  derived from the epic efforts of the climate justice movement , and with a deepened sense of the great work ahead.

In Paris, world governments from 195 nations signed onto an unprecedented global climate agreement. WECAN acknowledges the groundbreaking effort, which sends critical signals around the end of the fossil fuel era - however we must be very real about what the agreement is not. 

Countries have agreed to aim for a temperature rise below the 2 degree level and included 1.5 degrees as an aspirational target (which we applaud),  however thus far there are not nearly   sufficient  carbon emission reduction  commitments, legal and financial mechanisms, and resources needed to truly achieve this.  Due to the level of urgency for the most vulnerable communities, we find this type of vague commitment simply unacceptable - we are talking about life and death circumstances for frontline communities. Moreover, the Paris accord fails to address the root causes of the climate crisis and the structures of injustice that perpetuate it.  For further analysis please see our  blog  in which we breakdown the text of the Agreement in more detail.

The really good news coming out of Paris is that people around the world are standing up boldly and calling forth the healthy, just future that we are envisioning together. The climate justice   movement made an impact in pushing governments to act more ambitiously then they would h ave  a nd has been vibrantly   displayed in Paris, with  major  actions on the st reets  with tens of thousands of people,  hundreds of events, assemblies, concerts and educational workshops all focused on just climate solutions . P eople's movements are  where power and hope lies as we move forward. And move forward we will! 

We return home more dedicated than ever to care for our Mother Earth, all generations and all species.  Explore this end of the year newsletter  for the beauty and power of what is possible and  for recaps of  strong  actions and events in Paris and photo   highlights from an incredible year. Then we invite you to participate in end of year donations so we can continue our work together for climate justice in 2016, thank you!
paris2015WECAN In Paris During COP21
Women Leading Solutions on the Frontlines of 
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On December 7th, worldwide women  gathered  at one of our main public events, 'Women Leading Solutions on the Frontlines of Climate Change - Paris' to  speak out against environmental and social injustices  in their communities, present the strategies with which they are working to shape a healthy future, and strengthen networks of women for climate justice across the globe. 

We thank everyone who shared their struggles and solutions as a part of this dynamic event that was filled beyond room capacity, and we were thrilled that France's equivalent of the New York Times, Le Monde covered the story. Visit our blog next week for a detailed event recap and statements  directly from the outstanding women involved.
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Event & Press Conference Inside COP21
While in Paris, WECAN allies united to speak truth to power at a formal UNFCCC side event and press conference inside COP21 -bringing to fruition WECAN's commitment to directly bring stories  of Indigenous and frontline communities to decision makers

Click here to WATCH this extremely powerful video of Kandi Mossett (Indigenous Environmental Network), Neema Namadamu (WECAN DR Congo), Patricia Gualinga (Kichwa leader of Sarayaku, Ecuador), Casey Camp Horinek (Ponca Nation) and Osprey Orielle Lake (WECAN International) speak out for climate justice, women's leadership and the defense and protection of the Earth. 

Neema Namadamu of SAFECO & WECAN DR Congo and Casey Camp Horinek of the Ponca Nation speak on African and Indigenous women's climate solutions during the Frontlines Women's Press Conference.

tribunalrecapInternational Rights of Nature Tribunal

highlightsphotosWECAN 2015 Photo Highlights
This was a big year for the Women's Earth and Climate Action Network - explore snapshots from just a few of our most important moments of 2015.
Climate women of the Democratic Republic of Congo lead a reforestation program in the Itombwe rainforest with WECAN DR Congo.
WECAN and allies in North Dakota, USA standing in solidarity with Kandi Mossett during a toxic tour of the Bakken fracking fields and  Mandan, Hidatsa, Arikara homeland.
Patricia Gualinga (Sarayaku, Ecuador), Osprey Orielle Lake (WECAN International) and Leila Salazar-López (Amazon Watch) during WECAN's ' Women Speak: Climate Justice on the Road to Paris & Beyond' event. NYC Sept 2015.
Women from more than 50 countries rise up for the Global Women's Climate Justice Day of Action, organized by the WECAN team. Sept. 29 2015. 
WECAN Regional Climate Solution Training in the DR Congo. This year WECAN led trainings in DRC, the Middle East North Africa Region and Bolivia - as well as a four part series of online education and advocacy trainings for women for climate justice in the USA.
mediahighlightsWECAN COP21 News & Media Highlights:
WECAN helped organize women to participate in mass actions on Nov. 29th and Dec.12th.
Tom Goldtooth (Indigenous Environmental Network), Osprey Orielle Lake (WECAN) and Pablo Solon ( Fundación Solón) lead a UNFCCC press conference on Rights of Nature
Belen Paez speaks on violations against women Earth defenders in Ecuador during the International Rights of Nature Tribunal.
Download & Share: Women's Climate Action Agenda Update

The comprehensive WCAA includes new sections on health  and  climate, trade, and c limate finance -  updated analysis around women  and  climate impacts, and chapters on extractive energy a nd a jus t transition to 100% renewable energy, forests and biodiversity,  ocean s and  fresh water, seeds  and  agriculture, cities  and  ecovillages, Indigenous Rights, Rights of Nature, and shifting our cultural narratives.
WATCH: Climate Women Speak at WECAN Event
Josefina Skerk, Sami Parliament at COP21 Women Leading Solutions
Josefina Skerk, Sami Parliament at COP21 WECAN Women Leading Solutions
Osprey Orielle Lake of WECAN leads a workshop on Rights of Nature inside the Climate Action Zone civil society space in Paris during COP21.
WECAN stands with Women & Gender Constituency allies on Gender Day Action inside COP21
Stand with WECAN into the New Year!

 to support our work for climate justice and women's leadership in climate solutions into 2016 and beyond. 
Thank you for your continued support of our work for climate justice and care for the Earth and all generations, 
 Osprey Orielle Lake and the WECAN International Team  
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