Women leaders from 50 nations holding climate change summit


Women leaders from more than 50 nations have come together in New York to address climate change and draft a Women’s Climate Action Agenda.

The group includes business leaders, former heads of state, scientists, government officials, indigenous leaders, activists, teachers and community organizers and the event is the first International Women’s Earth and Climate Summit.

The summit takes place Sept. 20-23.

Participants include:

• Christiana Figueres, executive secretary to UNFCCC;

• Marina Silva, former Brazilian minister of environment;

• Mary Robinson, former president of Ireland;

• Nobel Peace Prize laureate Jody Williams;

• Dr. Sylvia Earle, marine biologist;

• May Boeve, 350.org executive director;

• Dr. Vandana Shiva.

Leaders from Global Gender Climate Alliance, UN Women, Women’s Environment and Development Organization, 1 Million Women, the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People and other grassroots organizations also are participating.

“We are bringing women leaders together at this crucial time in history because we know that women are uniquely positioned to implement the critical sustainability solutions needed to address the world’s pressing climate challenges,” said Osprey Orielle Lake, co-founder of the International Women’s Earth and Climate Summit. “Nature will not wait while politicians debate. Women around the world are facing the impacts of a changing climate every day, and we are coming together to say ‘enough is enough’ and it is time for action that addresses the roots of this crisis and fosters just solutions.”

Summit delegates have gathered in advance of Climate Week and the United Nations General Assembly session, and as the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change prepares to release its much anticipated assessment report.

“Actions to date are simply not equivalent to the escalating urgency of the climate crisis. We are headed toward a 4 degrees C (7.2 degrees F) rise in global temperature over the next decades that will create unprecedented havoc for our children, grandchildren and future generations. Women are no longer willing to stand by when so much is at stake,” said summit co-founder Sally Ranney.

She added, “We know what needs to be done, and mobilized women have the power to do it and to build a much stronger climate action movement. We are gathering in force in order to get climate solutions in place at the speed and scale necessary to make a significant difference.”