UNFCCC COP25 Madrid,Spain

Building upon years of engagement in the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) climate negotiations process, representatives of the Women's Earth and Climate Action Network will travel to Madrid, Spain this December for COP25 to demand world governments take bold and transformative action for climate justice NOW, there is no time to lose!

WECAN will be advocating at the COP for Indigenous rights and sovereignty, gender-responsive policies, forest protection, keeping fossil fuels in the ground, holding corporations and financial institutions accountable, defending land defenders, saying no to carbon offsets, supporting rights of nature, community-led sustainability solutions, and systemic change.

While it is vital to engage within the formal UN climate negotiations process in order to advocate for policies that support people and planet above profit and false solutions - our deepest hope lies with the people's climate justice movements organizing in magnificent diversity and strength across the world.

Please explore to meet our COP25 delegates; learn about upcoming WECAN actions and events in Madrid during the COP25 climate talks; and the 5th annual Rights of Nature Tribunal in Santiago, Chile!

COP25 WECAN Events & Actions

COP25 Event:
Women for Climate Justice Leading Solutions
on the Frontlines of Climate Change

Wednesday, December 11, 2019

11:30 – 13:00
Area 4, Room 3 at IFEMA


At this official UN Side Event, grassroots, frontline and Indigenous women leaders, alongside representatives from international climate justice organizations, will speak out to address the need for solutions based in a climate justice framework, including forest and biodiversity protection, Indigenous rights, agro-ecology, fossil fuel resistance, and protection of women land defenders.

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Women are on the frontlines of climate impacts and solutions - it is time for them to be recognized at the forefront of climate action plans and decision making. SPEAKERS include - Sônia Guajajara (Brazilian Amazon); Daiara Tukano (Brazilian Amazon); Casey Camp Horinek (Ponca Nation, USA), Ruth Nyambura (Kenya); Nina Gualinga (Ecuadorian Amazon); Jacqui Patterson (USA); Osprey Orielle Lake (USA).

To attend you will need UN accreditation. Or you can join us online as we plan to live-stream this event for allies around the world, via Facebook live!

Public Event:
Frontline Women Protecting and Defending Rights, Land,
Communities and Climate​

Saturday, December 7, 2019
15:30 - 17:30
Universidad Complutense de Madrid, Edificio Multiusos

Grassroots, frontline and Indigenous women leaders and representatives of climate justice organizations, will speak out against the environmentally and socially destructive activities and policies threatening their communities and homelands in South and North America, and present the visions and strategies with which they are working to shape a healthy and equitable future. 

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The presenters' diverse struggles and solutions will be contextualized within a frame of the climate crisis, fossil fuel extraction, extractive economies, colonization, criminalization of women land defenders - demonstrating why and how frontline women's leadership is central to the implementation of rights-based climate solutions, biological and cultural diversity protection, changing destructive neo-liberal economic frameworks, forest protection, rights of nature, and community-led solutions as we demand justice and accountability from corporations, governments, and financial institutions. More details and updates on Facebook! LINK

This event will be held during the Cumbre Social por el Clima/Social Summit for Climate in Madrid and is open to the public. No accreditation needed.

Public Workshop:
Rights of Nature as a Powerful Tool for System Change

Sunday, December 8, 2019

12:45 - 13:45
Universidad Complutense de Madrid, Edificio Multiusos

Earth is facing the greatest crisis of its existence. The future of life as we know it is at risk due to the prioritization of maximum profit benefiting the few at the expense of the health of our finite planet with limited and fragile resources. The recognition of the intrinsic rights of Mother Earth is a call to change our relationship with Nature, to stop treating Nature as an object and recognize that we are all part of the Interdependent Earth system.

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Grounded in the wisdom of ancient and Indigenous cultures, and using the power of modern law, Rights of Nature seeks to maintain a balanced relationship between humankind and every form of life. These elements will be addressed and deepened by the Global Alliance for the Rights of Nature during the workshop. In partnership with the Global Alliance for the Rights of Nature, Margaret Stewart of Center for Earth Jurisprudence and WECAN Executive Director, Osprey Orielle Lake, will co-facilitate this workshop.


This event will be held during the Cumbre Social por el Clima/Social Summit for Climate in Madrid and is open to the public. No accreditation needed.

Press Conference:
Women for Climate Justice on the Frontlines of Systemic

Tuesday, December 10, 2019  

17:30 – 18:00

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SPEAKERS include: Eriel Tchekwie Deranger (Athabasca Chipewyan First Nation, Canada); Sônia Guajajara (Brazilian Amazon); Daiara Tukano (Brazilian Amazon); Casey Camp Horinek (Ponca Nation, USA); Ruth Nyambura (Kenya); Osprey Orielle Lake (USA) 

Press Conference:
Indigenous Women of the Amazon: Calls to Action

Monday, December 9, 2019

18:00 - 18:30

MOCHA in Hall 4


SPEAKERS to be announced!

Press Conference:
Rights of Nature: Foundations for Systemic Change in Climate Solutions

Monday, December 9, 2019 
13:00 – 13:30
MOCHA in Hall 4

This press conference is held in partnership with the Global Alliance for the Rights of Nature (GARN).

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Press Conference:
Towards a Feminist Green New Deal

Tuesday, December 10, 2019


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This press conference is led by WEDO and the Feminist Green New Deal Coalition.


Meet The WECAN COP25 Delegates!

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Ponca Nation, Turtle Island, USA

Councilwoman Casey Camp-Horinek of the Ponca Nation is a community leader, long-time Native rights activist, environmentalist and actress. As traditional Drumkeeper for the Ponca Pa-tha-ta, Woman’s Scalp Dance Society, Camp-Horinek helps maintain the cultural identity of the Ponca Nation of Oklahoma for herself, her family and her community. She has been at the forefront of grassroots community efforts to educate and empower both Native and non-Native community members on environmental and civil rights issues. She has raised her voice and taken action in countless forums across the world. Casey engages as WECAN's Special Programs Advisor, and is an honored member of the WECAN International Advisory Council and US Women’s Climate Justice Initiative.



Brazilian Amazon

Sônia Bone Guajajara is a Brazilian indigenous leader. She is the Executive Coordinator for the Articulation of Indigenous Peoples of Brazil (APIB), and comes from the Araribóia Indigenous Land, of the Guajajara people. She graduated in Arts and Nursing, apart from being a specialist in Special Education by the State University of Maranhão. She was a candidate for Vice-President of Brazil in the 2018 Elections; coordinator of the organizations and articulations of the indigenous peoples of Maranhão (COAPIMA); and of the Coordination of the Indigenous Organizations of the Brazilian Amazon (COIAB). In 2015, she received the Order of Cultural Merit from the Federal Government, through the Ministry of Culture.

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Brazilian Amazon

Daiara Tukano is of the Tukano indigenous people - Yé'pá Mahsã, clan Eremiri Hãusiro Parameri of the Alto Rio Negro in the Brazilian Amazon, and was born in São Paulo. Daiara is an indigenous activist and artist and has a Masters Degree in Human Rights at the University of Brasilia. She is also a researcher on the right to memory and truth of indigenous peoples, and an independent communicator and coordinator of Radio Yandê, the first indigenous web-radio in Brazil - www.radioyande.com

She is one of the first women of her people to be initiated into the traditional spirituality of the Tukano nation, studying the sacred medicines with her father in ceremony. Daiara believes that activism is an exercise in consciousness for integration with nature, so that we can work together to cultivate a more just and respectful society towards diversity, honoring the dignity of all living beings.

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Ecuadorian Amazon

Nina Sicha Siren Gualinga is an indigenous woman leader from the Kichwa community of Sarayaku in the Ecuadorian Amazon. Since she was eight years old, she has been actively involved in local, national and global advocacy efforts in defense of indigenous rights and territories in the Amazon and for climate justice. In 2011, she represented Sarayaku youth at the final hearing before the Inter-American Court on Human Rights in San Jose, Costa Rica where Sarayaku won their historic victory against the Ecuadorian government for violating their rights and territory for oil drilling. In 2014, she joined global calls to keep oil in the ground at the People’s Climate March and COP21. In 2015, she joined a large delegation from Sarayaku at COP21 in Paris advocating for the protection of “Living Forests” and in 2016 she joined a historic indigenous women’s march uniting indigenous women of 7 nationalities in defense of rights and territories. Nina splits her time between Sarayaku and Sweden, where she is a law student. Most recently, Nina co-founded HAKU Amazon Design, working to support efforts of Shiwiar, Kichwa and Waorani women to defend their territories, through sustainable, hand-made designs.


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Helena Siren Gualinga is a 17 year old social activist, of Kichwa-indigenous and Swedish origin. She is known for her advocacy for climate and enviromental justice.



Osprey Orielle Lake is the Founder and Executive Director of the Women's Earth and Climate Action Network (WECAN) International. She works nationally and internationally with grassroots and Indigenous leaders, policy-makers and scientists to promote climate justice, resilient communities, and a just transition to a clean energy future. She serves on the Executive Committee for the Global Alliance for the Rights of Nature and heads-up WECAN’s advocacy work in areas such as Women for Forests, Rights of Nature. Fossil Fuel Divestment, and UN Forums. Osprey is the author of the award-winning book, Uprisings for the Earth: Reconnecting Culture with Nature.



Confederated Tribes of Umatilla, Turtle Island, USA

Katherine Quaid is the Communications Coordinator for the Women’s Earth and Climate Action Network (WECAN). She was born and raised in rural central Oregon and is a citizen of the Confederated Tribes of Umatilla. Her dedication to climate justice is tied to the lands of her ancestors and the many communities nationally and around the world that are fighting for a healthy future. Katherine is passionate about sharing her voice for justice, and collaborating with frontline women across Turtle Island (USA) and globally in resistance movements and climate solutions.


More reports and analysis warn that most countries aren’t cutting carbon emissions fast enough, and pledges from countries to reduce carbon emissions for the next 10 years fall dangerously too short of what is needed to stay below 1.5 degrees Celsius temperature rise. Thus collectively, we must be unwavering in our honesty, as well as in our fierce dedication and action to halt a trajectory toward irreparable climate chaos.

In October, the Chilean President, Sebastián Piñera, announced that COP25 would no longer take place in Santiago, Chile as planned due to social upheaval. Decades of neoliberal economic policies leading to vast wealth inequality ignited the social uprising in Chile. These same destructive economic policies wedded to extreme resource extraction are a leading driver of our climate and ecological crisis. Disaster capitalism doesn't work for our communities, and it doesn't work for our planet.

In response to social movements, the Chilean government has been suppressing citizens' right to protest and violating key human rights laid out by the United Nations, and notably, women and feminists have been on the frontlines of the protests in Chile. As we refocus our efforts in Spain for COP25, we have pledged to keep a keen eye on Chile and social movements on the ground, including going forward with the 5th International Rights of Nature Tribunal in Santiago with the Global Alliance for the Rights of Nature. We have also joined our colleagues at the UNFCCC Women and Gender Constituency to release a statement about the situation in Chile and our demands, please see our statement here.


WECAN supports the vision of the people of Chile and around the world who are calling for systemic change to realize a more just and peaceful future for the entire Earth community as we face urgent socio-ecological pressures.


In an era of continued oppression, fossil fuel expansion, and false climate solutions, the voices of grassroots, frontline, and Indigenous women leaders could not be more important. As we look to the 2019 COP25 in Madrid, WECAN International reaffirms our commitment to bring women and feminist voices to the forefront, as well as unyielding action to expose the roots of the climate crisis and help usher in just climate solutions commensurate to the level of the crisis we face. As an organization with an international focus and network, but a United States base location, we will also continue to stand with many U.S. allies to send an urgent message to the world that, even in the face of a climate-denying and reckless U.S. administration, many people across the country can, and will, stand up for climate justice.


You can learn more about WECAN's advocacy at the

United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCC) here!

5th Annual Rights of Nature Tribunal

The cases that will be presented during this Tribunal are the following:


  1. Lithium mining in the Atacama Desert - Chile

  2. Threats to Patagonia: water and life reserve - Chile

  3. Privatization of water: water as an object in Chile


These three cases will be fully presented and tried during the 5th session of the Tribunal. The Tribunal will hear two additional cases: Amazon (multiple countries) and Vaca Muerta (Argentina). The presentation of these cases will initiate a process of investigation and fact-finding to obtain evidence and data to be presented and tried at a future Tribunal.


Learn more about WECAN's Rights of Nature

advocacy efforts here!

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The 5th session of the International Rights of Nature Tribunal will be held on December 5th, 2019, from 8h30 to 19h00 in the Auditorium of the Faculty of Physical and Mathematical Sciences of the University of Chile. 


WECAN sits on the Executive Committee of the Global Alliance for the Rights of Nature (GARN) and in solidarity with social movements in Chile who have requested we move forward as originally planned, GARN will host a Rights of Nature Tribunal in Santiago.


The Tribunal stands in solidarity with the people of Chile who are rising up for their rights and dignity, and who are calling for a new constitution. Through the Tribunal we offer our support to Chileans in their new vision. Please see our collective statement from the Global Alliance for the Rights of Nature here.