The Women’s Earth and Climate Action Network (WECAN) engages grassroots activists, policy makers, Indigenous and business leaders, scientists, farmers, academics and culture-shapers to collaborate together. Our goal is to stop the escalation of climate change and environmental and community degradation while accelerating the implementation of sustainability solutions. We focus on empowering women and creating both policy and on-the-ground solutions from a climate justice perspective. LEARN MORE

"Women are living on the frontlines of climate change, and are ready to be active partners in dealing with climate change. If the international community is serious, it must recognize women as a fundamental part of the climate solution."

-- Professor Wangari Maathai, PhD (1940-2011) Nobel Peace Prize Laureate and Founder, Green Belt Movement, Kenya
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"The woman is the foundation on which nations are built. She is the heart of her nation. If that heart is weak, the people are weak. If her heart is strong and her mind is clear, then the nation is strong and knows its purpose. The woman is the center of everything."

-- Native American Ojibwe Teaching

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"With their skills, perspectives and experiences, women are already responding to the impacts of climate change. It is time to involve them as equal partners. When we do, our world as a whole will benefit."

-- UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon

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"Women are living on the frontlines of climate change, and are ready to be active partners in dealing with climate change. If the international community is serious, it must recognize women as a fundamental part of the climate solution."

-- Professor Wangari Maathai, PhD (1940-2011) Nobel Peace Prize Laureate and Founder, Green Belt Movement, Kenya
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WOMEN MAKING A REAL DIFFERENCE

Signing the WECAN Women's Climate Declaration and joining forces with the Global Call for Climate Action is just the first step.

We can reverse the trend towards increased climate disruption and bring the climate back into balance, but not unless we start taking action to phase-out climate pollution. Let’s lead by example and show others, including government leaders, that now is our moment to act.

Here are 6 ways you can make a difference today...

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With over 100 women leaders and partner organizations working around the world, the WECAN network offers trainings and campaign opportunities on an array of issues related to climate change -- from campaigning to end deforestation and dangerous extractive industries to organizing local, regional and international solutions gatherings. Share your own ideas and solutions on the WECAN Online Solutions Forum.

Organize a WECAN Training

WECAN International offers a series of online and on-site regional trainings. Our perspective includes a unique, holistic overview to both the climate crisis and local and global climate solutions.

Trainings are designed to identify on-the-ground goals and action plans, region by region, in collaboration with local grassroots leaders and organizations.

Our goals include the empowerment of women as key stakeholders in climate change, the implementation of sustainable solutions, and the fostering of a deeper understanding of how to live within Earth’s limits.

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Resist Unsustainable Development

The WECAN program “Women for Forests and Fossil Fuel/Mining/Mega-Dam Resistance” is operating in three regions of the world where forest protection is urgently needed — the Amazon, the Congo, and the Canadian boreal forest.

WECAN is dedicated to protecting the biodiversity of forests and to supporting the women who live in these forests fighting to protect their traditional communities. Deforestation is threatening livelihoods both locally and globally — deforestation is major cause of climate change so by protecting these communities we can benefit the entire world.

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Advance Earth Economics

WECAN has launched a special educational program called “Earth Economics”.
We believe that In order to live in harmony with the Earth and to halt the most destructive aspects of modern life, we need to advance a new economy based on the recognition of finite planetary boundaries and the need for a just transition to a new, clean energy economy. We are advocating for 100% renewables and massive increases in energy efficiency and conservation.

It’s time to challenge the growth paradigm of existing development models, which fuel consumerism and the commodification of our natural resources.

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Honor the Rights of Nature

“Rights of Nature” laws acknowledge that nature in all its forms has the right to exist, persist, maintain and regenerate its vital cycles. “Rights of Nature” offers legal standing such that individuals, communities, environmental organizations, and others have standing to protect ecosystems.

WECAN advocates for “Rights of Nature” through the work of one of its parent organizations, the Women’s Earth and Climate Caucus (WECC). We help to implement the “Rights of Nature” both as a methodology for communities to protect their ecosystems and as a tool to develop climate change-related legislation.

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Women are the Key to a Sustainable Future

At this critical moment in history, women have unique and essential ideas and solutions to offer. Women produce between 60-80% of the food in most developing countries, and studies show show that when women are empowered, local economies improve, populations stabilize, and children’s health and education improve.

Indigenous women, and women from low-income communities, live closer to the land, and thus bear a heavier burden from the impacts of climate change. We advocate that women who work so hard to care for their families and communities under extreme environmental hardships and injustices deserve a seat at the decision-making table.

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