Raise Your Voice for Climate Justice

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October 28, 2016

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I worry a lot about my kids’ future, don’t you? Will the world be a more just and livable place? How will our kids navigate the  growing climate crisis and what can we do to help our beloved planet?

The Sustainable Development Goals or global goals, just celebrated their first birthday. They state that women and children must be at the core of all climate and ecological sustainability policy, planning and implementation if we are to have a safe, equitable, just and livable future. So what does that mean for us and how can we have a say in that future?

Tomorrow the Women’s Earth and Climate Action Network launches a new climate action initiative – and it’s the perfect time to get involved and make a difference. The campaign will run for ten days.

Women and girls around the world will be taking part in “Women Act for Climate Justice”. It’s an opportunity to speak up and take action. The campaign highlights the climate impacts our communities are facing and how we are fighting back for our earth; and shows the many effective, just and safe climate solutions, strategies and political actions that are being implemented by women and girls around the world on a daily basis.

The campaign will run alongside the 2016 United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) – known as COP22 or Conference of Parties in Marrakech, Morocco. The goal is to work together to ensure a sustained presence from ordinary citizens and apply pressure to demand that all government road maps take place with a climate justice framework that pays attention to human rights. Within that, special attention needs to be given to indigenous peoples and women’s rights, gender, social, economic and ecological justice.

Here’s how you can join this movement!

Take Action Challenge

  • Submit a photo or video of yourself and/or a group holding up a sign with a message about how climate issues are impacting your community. Try to show your solution and a message to the world about your efforts. Photos can be taken at a meaningful location, such as a site of pollution, extraction, or a place that represents ongoing climate action.*
  • Act! Are you doing anything in your community to raise awareness on climate issues? These could be activities like starting a seed bank, planting a street verge or community garden, installing a solar panel, cleaning up a public space, planting fruit and shade trees or organizing an educational event or campaign online or in your village, district, school, workplace, local council, women’s group, community hall, town hall?*

*Submit your photos, videos or acts here. The portal is open today through November 6th. In the days preceding COP22, submissions will be shared via social media and in print and digital news outlets. Submissions will also be shared at events in Marrakech during COP22.  

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