FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Thursday, August 30, 2018
Emily Arasim, Communications Coordinator, firstname.lastname@example.org
Women For Climate Justice To Uplift Vital Stories and Solutions During Global Climate Action Summit
SAN FRANCISCO BAY AREA, Calif. (August 30, 2018) – Members of the press are invited to engage in online and on-the-ground opportunities to hear from global women climate leaders during Women’s Earth and Climate Action Network (WECAN) International actions and events during the Global Climate Action Summit (GCAS) and ‘Rise For Climate’ march taking place in California in September.
Women worldwide are the most adversely impacted by accelerating climate change, but in the midst of hardships, they stand as vital stakeholders and visionary solution-builders - making it imperative that their experiences and expertise are centered in the context of the GCAS and related events, and in all media, policy, and decision-making.
Sept. 6th - [Online Press Conference] Stories and Solutions From Grassroots, Frontline, and Indigenous Women in the Lead up to the ‘Women’s Assembly for Climate Justice’
Thursday September 6th at 2:30pm Pacific Time/5:30pm Eastern Time
Dial-in instructions below
A week before world leaders arrive in San Francisco for the GCAS and just days before the global ‘Rise For Climate’ march - journalists and media makers are invited to join a special online press conference to hear from grassroots, frontline, and Indigenous women leaders to learn exactly what women are bringing to the table in terms of calls to action within a climate justice framework, policy plans, and on-the-ground solutions to climate change.
This press conference is perfect for those who wish to explore this vital story, but cannot attend the full September 11th Women’s Assembly For Climate Justice event (details below).
Featuring - Kandi Mossett (Mandan, Hidatsa, Arikara, Lead Organizer on the Extreme Energy & Just Transition Campaign with the Indigenous Environmental Network); Jacqueline Patterson (Director of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) Environmental and Climate Justice Program); Thilmeeza Hussain (Founder of Voice of Women, Former Deputy Ambassador to the UN from the Maldives, and WECAN Advisory Council Member); Osprey Orielle Lake (Founder and Executive Director of the Women's Earth and Climate Action Network, WECAN International); Bridget Burns (Co-Director of the Women's Environment and Development Organization, WEDO) - with more presenters to be announced.
Join the live online press conference via Zoom, or access a recording afterwards via the Women's Earth and Climate Action Network Facebook page.
Press conference call-in instructions:
OPTION A - Join via your computer/internet connection:
1. Download the free Zoom program (only needed if you are new to the program): launcher.zoom.us/download
2. Click to join the call: https://zoom.us/j/4154152016
OR OPTION B - Join by phone: +1 408 638 0968 (US Toll) or +1 646 558 8656 (US Toll)
Enter the Meeting ID: 415 415 2016
Sept. 8th - Marching with the Women For Climate Justice Contingent in San Francisco
A diverse coalition of women’s groups, climate justice organizations, and others, will organize and march together as ‘Women For Climate Justice’ during the September 8th Rise For Climate march in San Francisco.
Media and press are invited to join the contingent in-action for interview, film, and photo opportunities of women leaders marching, chanting, and demonstrating power and solutions.
The Contingent will meet to begin the march at 10:00 am on Steuart Street midway between Market and Mission Streets, under ‘Women For Climate Justice banners. Updates via the Women For Climate Justice Contingent Facebook page.
Sept. 11th - [Public Event] - The Women’s Assembly for Climate Justice: Women Leading Solutions on the Frontlines of Climate Change
Tuesday September 11th from 1:00 to 8:30pm
at The Green Room (second floor), 401 Van Ness Ave, downtown San Francisco
*Or online via Facebook livestream*
During the Women’s Assembly For Climate Justice, international advocates and policy-makers, and grassroots, Indigenous, and frontline women leaders will join together in solidarity to speak out against environmental and social injustice, draw attention to root causes of the climate crisis, and present the diverse array of visions, projects and strategies with which they are working to shape a healthy and equitable world.
The press is invited to record powerful testimony and analysis shared throughout event presentations, and/or to make use of a reserved media space at the Green Room for interviews.
Speakers include - Corrina Gould (Ohlone, Co-Founder of Sogorea Te Land Trust, Co-Founder of Indian People Organizing for Change); Her Excellency President Hilda C. Heine (President of the Republic of the Marshall Islands); Honorable Mary Robinson (President of the Mary Robinson Foundation-Climate Justice, former President of Ireland); Annie Leonard (Executive Director of Greenpeace USA); Pennie Opal Plant (Yaqui & undocumented Choctaw & Cherokee, Co-Founder of Idle No More SF Bay); Casey Camp Horinek (Ponca, Ponca Nation Council-Woman, WECAN Advisory Council Member); Amy Goodman (Host and Executive Producer of Democracy Now!); Jacqueline Patterson (Director of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) Environmental and Climate Justice Program); Kandi Mossett (Mandan, Hidatsa, Arikara, Lead Organizer on the Extreme Energy & Just Transition Campaign with the Indigenous Environmental Network); Eriel Deranger (Athabasca Chipewyan First Nation, Executive Director and Co-Founder of Indigenous Climate Action, Canada); Antonia Juhasz (Oil and Energy Analyst, Author and Investigative Journalist) - and many more remarkable presenters!
Full speaker biographies here.
Press quotes from event speakers are available via our previous press release here.
Learn more via the WECAN International webpage - or Women’s Assembly For Climate Justice Facebook Event
Sept. 12th - Presentation of Call to Action from global Women For Climate Justice to the leadership of GCAS
On September 12th, representatives of the Women’s Earth and Climate Action Network will formally deliver to the leadership of the Global Climate Action Summit (GCAS) - ‘A Call For Climate Justice & Immediate Action: A Message from Women for Climate Justice to the Global Climate Action Summit Steering Committee, Government Representatives and Participants’.
This document has been endorsed by global climate justice and women’s rights organizations including Women’s Earth and Climate Action Network (WECAN) International; Indigenous Women of the Americas Defending Mother Earth Treaty; World March of Women U.S. Chapter; Women’s Environment and Development Organization (WEDO); TierrActiva (Peru); Lead Tchad (Leadership For Environnement and Développement)(Chad); Reaccion Climatica (Bolivia); Central Asia and Afghanistan Women and Water Association; and Support for Women in Agriculture and Environment (Uganda), and many more.
More information for press opportunities to cover the Call To Action presentation to GCAS leadership, to be announced.
The Women's Earth and Climate Action Network (WECAN) International
www.wecaninternational.org - @WECAN_INTL
The Women’s Earth and Climate Action Network (WECAN) International is a 501(c)3 and solutions-based organization established to engage women worldwide in policy advocacy, on-the-ground projects, trainings, and movement building for global climate justice.