UNFCCC COP26 Glasgow

Building upon years of engagement in the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) climate negotiations process, the Women's Earth and Climate Action Network is in Glasgow, Scotland this December for COP26 with a Delegation 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 climate justice, 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, uplifting community-led sustainability solutions and systemic change.

Please see our most recent newsletter for further analysis heading into this year's COP.

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 meet our COP26 delegates and learn about upcoming WECAN actions and events in Glasgow during COP26!

COP26 WECAN Events & Actions to Date

Public Event:
5th International Rights of Nature Tribunal

When: November 3 and 4 at 4:00pm UK Time

 

Where: Virtual via Zoom and in person at Strathclyde University, Glasgow

 

Register and learn more here.

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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The International Rights of Nature Tribunal is an international institution established by citizens to investigate and publicize Rights of Nature violations. It creates a forum for people from all around the world to speak on behalf of Nature, to protest the destruction of the Earth—destruction that is fostered by corporations with the governments’ compliance—and hence, the Tribunal visibilizes the conflicts and its perpetrators and makes juridical recommendations about Earth’s protection and restoration as modeled jurisprudence for frontline communities. Osprey Orielle Lake, WECAN Executive Director, is honored to be a judge for the upcoming tribunal, and and WECAN sits on the Executive Committee of the Global Alliance for the Rights of Nature who is co-organizing this event. The event will be transmitted in English, Spanish, French and Portuguese.

Following the event, Tribunal decisions will be announced on November 7 at 9:30am GMT during a showing of the "People and Nature vs. the UNFCCC" at the Glasgow Film Theater in Scotland.

Legislative Event:
Global COP26 Legislators Summit

When: Friday, November 5 at 12:15pm UK Time

Where: Scottish Parliament Building, Edinburgh

Osprey Orielle Lake, WECAN Executive Director, will speak at the 2-day COP26 Legislators Summit during the session, "Challenge Session 1: Keeping 1.5 to stay alive," presented by the Scottish Parliament.

 

Learn more about the event here.

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The theme of the GLOBE COP26 Legislators Summit is accelerating climate action and delivering a green, fair and resilient recovery. The Summit with bring together global legislators both in person and virtually.

Collective Press Conference:
Report Back from the Rights of Nature Tribunal in Glasgow: Foundations for Systemic Change in Climate Solutions

When: Friday, November 5, 5:45pm UK Time

 

Where: Press Conference Room Durdle Door, SEC Centre, Glasgow

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

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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.

WECAN Press Conference:
Indigenous Women from the Amazon: Calls to Action

When: Friday, November 5, 6:30pm UK Time

Where: Press Conference Room Durdle Door, SEC Centre, Glasgow

Speakers to date:

  • Maricela Yuri Gualinga Santi, Vice President of Sarayaku, Ecuador

  • Sonia Guajajara, Executive Coordinator, APIB, Brazil

  • Helena Gualinga, Youth Climate Activist from Sarayaku, Ecuador


Moderation: Osprey Orielle Lake, Executive Director, WECAN

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During this session Indigenous Women from the Amazon Basin will bring forth calls to action for Indigenous Rights and Climate Justice.

Action:
Art Projections for Indigenous Rights and Sacred Lands

When: Friday, November 5 at sunset

 

Where: Outside the SEC Armadillo Building at COP26 Venue

 

This event is hosted by global colleagues, including WECAN, and will be livestreamed on the WECAN Facebook page.
 

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WECAN is honored to contribute photos for this projection action.

Public Event:
Global Day of Action for Climate Justice

When: Saturday, November 6 starting at 12:45 pm UK Time

Where: Kelvingrove Park, Stewart Memorial Fountain, Glasgow

Register and learn more here.

On November 6th, as world leaders meet in Glasgow for the COP26 Global Climate Summit, towns and cities across the world will take to the streets demanding global climate justice.

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World leaders and experts will meet in Glasgow in November at the global climate talks, COP26. The decisions made at COP26 will shape how governments respond (or not) to the climate crisis. They will decide who is to be sacrificed, who will escape and who will make a profit. COP26 is happening at a crucial moment in history. Across the world and across movements, we are seeing a new wave of resistance, global solidarity and grassroots organising. We have a unique opportunity to rewire our system as we recover from the pandemic. We can either intensify the crisis to the point of no return, or lay the foundations for a just world where everyone’s needs are met.

COP26 WECAN Formal UN Side Event:
Women for Climate Justice Leading Solutions on the Frontlines of Climate Change

When: Monday, November 8 at 1:15pm UK Time
Where: Multimedia Studio 1, SEC Centre, Glasgow

 

Speakers:

  • Eriel Deranger (Athabasca Chipewyan First Nation), Executive Director, Indigenous Climate Action, Canada

  • Helena Gualinga (Kichwa), Youth Climate Activist from Sarayaku, WECAN Youth Leader Ecuadorian Amazon

  • Sonia Guajajara (Guajajara), Executive Coordinator, APIB, Brazilian Amazon

  • Sostine Namanya, Gender & Food Security Officer, National Association of Professional Environmentalists (NAPE), Uganda

  • Casey Camp-Horinek (Ponca Nation), Environmental Ambassador and WECAN Board Member, USA

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Moderation: Osprey Orielle Lake, WECAN Executive Director, USA

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

​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!

WECAN Press Conference:
Women for Climate Justice Leading Solutions on the Frontlines of Climate Change

When: Monday, November 8 at 5:30pm UK Time

Where: Press Conference Room Durdle Door, SEC Centre, Glasgow

Speakers:

  • Sonia Guajajara (Guajajara), Executive Coordinator, APIB, Brazilian Amazon

  • Sostine Namanya, Gender & Food Security Officer, National Association of Professional Environmentalists (NAPE), Uganda

  • Helena Gualinga (Kichwa), Youth Climate Activist from Sarayaku, Ecuadorian Amazon

  • Casey Camp-Horinek (Ponca Nation), Environmental Ambassador and WECAN Board Member, USA

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Moderation: Osprey Orielle Lake, WECAN Executive Director, USA

SHE Changes Climate Day: Champions of Solutions

When: Monday, November 9 from 8am - 6pm UK Time

Where: The Pipe Factory, 42 Bain Street, Glasgow, G40 2LA

Register here.

Join SHE Changes Climate and our brilliant speakers on Gender Day (9th November), for a day of live panels and interviews at The Pipe Factory in the art district of Glasgow. Osprey Orielle Lake, WECAN Executive Director, is honored to speak on the "Activist Sisters" Panel at 10:30am UK Time.

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The climate crisis is at our doorstep and affecting us all. But the perspectives on, and decisions about how to tackle it have been made mainly by men who speak on behalf of a fraction of the population. During the day, we’ll be highlighting why women are crucial in climate leadership. 

Public Event:
Questioning the Paris Agreement in Feminist Pathways towards a Just and Equitable Transition

When: Tuesday, November 9 at 2:00 pm - 3:30pm UK Time

Where: Online. Please register here.

this is a collaborative event hosted by ESCRNET, APWLD, WECAN, and the COP26 Coalition Peoples Summit. 

This interactive session aims to bring the analysis and stories of resistance and resilience of grassroots women leaders and feminist advocates from across regions, struggles and generations who are directly confronting the human rights impacts as well as the structural drivers of the climate crisis and other intersecting crises, including the COVID-19 pandemic. 

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The speakers will discuss feminist visions emerging from peoples’ movements, consider the relevance of the Paris Agreement in this context, and discuss strategies, solutions and alternatives towards shaping a healthy and equitable future. This event is part of the COP26 Coalition People's Summit.

Collective Press Conference:
Accelerating a Feminist Green New Deal

When: Tuesday, November 9 at 5:30pm GMT

 

Where: Press Conference Room Durdle Door, SEC Centre, Glasgow

 

​This press conference is organized by the Feminist Green New Deal Coalition, of which WECAN is a founding member.

 

Please see the Feminist Green New Deal Coalition website here.

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  • To truly address the root causes, as well as the scope and scale of the climate crisis, the Green New Deal must be cross-cutting in its approach, steadfast in feminist principles, and strive to combat historical oppressions. It must advance a transformative feminist agenda that centers the leadership of women, and acknowledges and addresses the generational impacts of colonization and anti-Black racism. It must end oppression against and be led and articulated by frontline, impacted communities – especially women of color, Black women, Indigenous women, people with disabilities, LGBTQIAP+ people, people from the Global South, migrant and refugee communities, and youth.

Meet The WECAN COP26 Delegates!

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CASEY CAMP-HORINEK

Ponca Nation, Turtle Island, USA

Casey Camp-Horinek of the Ponca Nation is a community leader, long-time Native rights activist, environmentalist and actress, and WECAN board member. 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, and is a leader in the Rights of Nature movement.

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SÔNIA BONE GUAJAJARA

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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HELENA SIREN GUALINGA

Ecuadorian Amazon

Helena Siren Gualinga is a youth social activist, of Kichwa-indigenous and Swedish origin. She is known for her advocacy for climate and environmental justice. Helena is a WECAN Young Women Project Lead and is also on the Steering Committee for WECAN's 'Women’s Assembly for Climate Justice' in September 2021. 

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NEEMA NAMADAMU

Democratic Republic of Congo *Virtual Delegate*

Neema Namadamu is a visionary peacemaker from Bukavu, South Kivu Province in Eastern Democratic Republic of Congo, where she advocates for peace, women’s rights, rights for persons with disabilities, rights for Indigenous pygmy peoples, and Rights of Nature. She is Founder and Director of SAFECO, the Synergy of Congolese Women’s Associations and Maman Shujaa: Hero Women of the Congo, through which she has a established a media center for Congolese women to make their voices heard on the range of issues affecting their country.

 

Neema also serves as WECAN International’s Coordinator in the Democratic Republic of Congo. As WECAN DRC Coordinator, Neema leads workshops and trainings with local women to address deforestation, build women’s leadership, support Traditional Ecologic Knowledge, and protect the rich ecosystems of the Itombwe rainforest. In June of 2012 Neema was selected as one of three World Pulse journalists for their annual Live Tour of the U.S., where she spoke before the U.S. Department of State, the Clinton Global Initiative, and was interviewed by CNN.

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CARMEN CAPRILES

Bolivia

Carmen Capriles is the WECAN Coordinator for Latin America. She is from La Paz, Bolivia and started Reacción Climática in 2010, as a volunteer organization which aims to raise awareness about the impacts of climate change on the Andean region. She has actively participated in different UN processes like the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, and the Paris Agreement, with special emphasis on women's rights and gender equality - and most recently in the Escazú Agreement, advocating for Environmental Defenders. Carmen holds a degree from Bolivia as an Engineer in Agriculture, as well as a degree in Sustainable Rural Development from Egypt.

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OSPREY ORIELLE LAKE

USA

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.

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KATHERINE QUAID

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.