Women Leading Solutions on the Frontlines of Climate Change – Paris COP21

Women’s Earth & Climate Action Network on December 7th organized ‘Women Leading Solutions on the Frontlines of Climate Change – Paris’, an extraordinary gathering with worldwide women leaders joined 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 and strategies with which they are working to shape a healthy and equitable world.

Voice of Women spoke on the impacts of climate change on Small Island States and its impacts on the most vulnerable segment of the society – women and children. We are committed to bringing world attention to this important issue to safe guard our future and the future of our children.

Please find below the full script of VoW’s delivery:

“Women continue to be marginalized in the decision making process all over the world despite the fact that they are the ones most adversely impacted by climate change. Without the engagement and inclusion of the people most impacted we cannot devise practical solutions. It is time that we start looking beyond text, negotiations, and technology transfer and begin to put a human face on what is really at stake. What is really at stake? Lives are stake, livelihoods are at stake, people are dying because of climate change. It is affecting our food security, our water security, we are losing biodiversity now after having lived in harmony with nature on these islands for over 3000 years.  Now because of climate change we will be forced to become refugees, climate refugees, which is not even a legally recognized term, so in effect, stateless, identity less somewhere out there.

Climate change is not a distant threat. People are experiencing it today, due to extreme weather patters people are dying from tsunamis to hurricanes, floods to droughts to typhoons. Approximately 300 to 400 thousand people die every year because of climate change.

How many lives need to be sacrificed? How many dead bodies would satisfy the greed of these large oil corporations who are refusing to abandon fossil fuels and move towards renewable energy. Politicians and world leaders must be held accountable for the deaths of thousands of innocent people, children, women. This is climate genocide. As mothers, sisters, responsible citizens we cannot stand and watch this genocide.

As we move beyond Paris, we need to hold our leaders accountable and ensure that they implement the commitments as well as ensure they give climate change the significance that it demands. Grassroots movements across the globe need to come out on the streets to ensure we make climate change the number 1 issue on the agenda of every politician. We must refuse to sacrifice the lives of our children”

Please find below a full list of speakers at the event:

‘Women Leading Solutions on the Frontlines of Climate Change – Paris’

  • Mary Robinson – President, Mary Robinson Foundation-Climate Justice & former President of Ireland
  • Patricia Gualinga – Indigenous Kichwa leader from Sarayaku, Ecuador
  • Josefina Skerk – Vice President of the Saami Parliament, Sweden
  • Fleur Newman – Programme Officer and UNFCCC Gender Focal Point representing the UNFCCC Secretariat, Germany
  • Gloria Ushigua – President of the Association of Sapara Women, Ecuador
  • Neema Namadamu – Director of SAFECO & WECAN DR Congo Coordinator, Democratic Republic of Congo
  • Casey Camp Horinek – Ponca Nation elder & representative of the Indigenous Environmental Network, USA
  • Aleta Baun – Conservationist & anti-mining activist of West Timor, Indonesia
  • Kandi Mossett – Mandan, Hidatsa, Arikara Climate & Energy Campaign Organizer with the Indigenous Environmental Network, USA
  • Jacqueline Patterson – Director, National Association for the Advancement of Colored People Environmental & Climate Justice Program, USA
  • Geneviève Azam – Scientific Council Member, Attac France
  • Eriel Deranger – Communications Manager of the Athabasca Chipewyan First Nation, Canada
  • Nino Gamisonia  – Projects Coordinator with the Rural Communities Development Agency of  Abkhazia, Georgia
  • Angelina Galiteva – Founder, Renewables 100 Policy Institute, USA
  • Natalie Isaacs – CEO and co-Founder, 1 Million Women, Australia
  • Mary Louise Malig – Campaigns Coordinator & Research Associate with the Global Forest Coalition, Philippines
  • Thilmeeza Hussain – Founder of Voice of Women, Maldives
  • Naomi Ages – Climate Liability Project Lead, Greenpeace USA
  • UNFCCC Women & Gender Constituency Representative
  • Sally Ranney – co-Founder, Women’s Earth & Climate Action Network, USA
  • Osprey Orielle Lake – co-Founder and Executive Director, Women’s Earth & Climate Action Network, USA