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
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.
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!
Meet The WECAN COP25 Delegates!
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.
5th Annual Rights of Nature Tribunal
The cases that will be presented during this Tribunal are the following:
Lithium mining in the Atacama Desert - Chile
Threats to Patagonia: water and life reserve - Chile
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.
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.