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Live Video Conversation: Climate Change - What's Gender Got To Do With It?

“Women around the world are facing the impacts of a changing climate every day, and we are coming together to say 'enough is enough'” – Osprey Orielle Lake

Women Leadership Panel

Get the highlights of the global conversation on women's role in climate change from those who attended the "Women's Climate Action Agenda at the International Women's Earth and Climate Summit" in September. Moderated by Konda Mason, social entrepreneur and Pachamama Alliance ally, participants engaged in a real-time dialogue after reading Osprey Orielle Lake's paper, Women Breaking the Sound Barrier on Climate Change.


A bold conversation with four women climate change leaders
Fresh from the International Women's Earth and Climate Summit, Osprey Orielle Lake, founder of the Summit and the Woman's Earth Climate Caucus, was joined by Natalie Isaacs, co-founder of the 1 Million Women, an Australia-wide campaign of women taking practical actions to reduce waste and pollution in their daily lives, Carmen Capriles, co-founder of Reaccion Climatica, a non-profit formed to advance the participation of Bolivian youth in finding solutions for climate change, and Jacqueline Patterson, Director, Environmental and Climate Justice Program, NAACP.

A deeper level of engagement with solutions-based thinking
The Pachamama Alliance is moving in a powerful direction. Our community is awake, and hungry for the next step. As we continue to answer the call of the Achuar to change the dream of the modern world, The Pachamama Alliance community is requesting a deeper engagement with the issues of our time. We are now being called to provide more information and tools that lead to solutions-based thinking and decisive actions. We're looking for a different conversation that goes beyond the superficial introduction of the issue.

Osprey Orielle Lake is the founder and co-director of the International Women’s Earth and Climate Initiative. She is Founder and President of The Women's Earth and Climate Caucus (WECC) and works nationally and internationally to promote resilient communities and foster a post-carbon energy future, while also addressing societal transformation. She is Co-Chair of International Advocacy with the Global Alliance for the Rights Of Nature and is an advisor to the International Eco-Cities Framework and Standards Initiative. Osprey has developed the Resilient Community Training Program in California, teaching women skills in water conservation, energy efficiency in the home, and rights of nature advocacy to protect their communities. She has served on the board of the Praxis Peace Institute and on the Steering Committee for The UN Women’s Major Group for the Rio+20 Earth Summit. Awards include the National Women’s History Project Honoree, Taking The Lead To Save Our Planet, and the Woman Of The Year Outstanding Achievement Award from the California Federation Of Business And Professional Women.

Her work has received recognition on CNN Headline News; the Campagna Rassegna Dell’acqua (Review Of The Water) Festival In Salerno, Italy; and the 10th International Film, Video & New Media Festival at the Detroit Museum Of New Art. She is the author of the award-winning book, Uprisings For The Earth: Reconnecting Culture with Nature.

Jacqueline Patterson is the Director of the NAACP Environmental and Climate Justice Program. Since 2007 Patterson has served as coordinator and co-founder of Women of Color United. Recently a global women’s rights consultant, Jacqui Patterson has worked as a researcher, program manager, coordinator, advocate and activist working on women‘s rights, violence against women, HIV&AIDS, racial justice, economic justice, and environmental and climate justice. Patterson served as a Senior Women’s Rights Policy Analyst for ActionAid where she integrated a women’s rights lens for the issues of food rights, macroeconomics, and climate change as well as the intersection of violence against women and HIV&AIDS.

Previously, she served as Assistant Vice-President of HIV/AIDS Programs for IMA World Health providing management and technical assistance to medical facilities and programs in 23 countries in Africa and the Caribbean. Patterson served as the Outreach Project Associate for the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities, and Research Coordinator for Johns Hopkins University.

A returned U.S. Peace Corps Jamaica volunteer, Patterson holds a master’s degree in social work from the University of Maryland and a master’s degree in public health from Johns Hopkins University. She currently serves on the Executive Committee for the Congressional Black Caucus Fellows Alumni Network, The Coordination Team of the Gender Justice Working Group of the US Social Forum, the Advisory Committee for The Grandmothers’ Project, the Steering Committee of interfaith Moral Action on Climate Change, as well as serves on the Board of Directors for the Institute of the Black World and US Climate Action Network.

Carmen Capriles is founder and coordinator of Reacción Climática, a non-profit organization formed to advance the participation of the youth of Bolivia in finding solutions to climate change. She also is an environmental activist and campaign coordinator for 350.org in Bolivia. Capriles earned her degree in Agricultural Engineering with a specialty in Sustainable Development and Agro-ecology from the University of San Andres in La Paz, Bolivia. Her thesis titled: "The Role of Women in Natural Resources Management in the Community El Tigre" received great accolades from academia and won an award with honorable mention.

Capriles has over 10 years of work experience as a consultant in Climate Change and Environmental Advocacy for national NGOs as well as International Cooperation and has organized over 20 campaigns for raising awareness about the environment, biodiversity, and climate change. She is one of the founding members of Reacción Climática, a volunteer-based organization dedicated to educating the people of Bolivia about climate change and is a member of the Women's Major Group for the RIO+20 Conference.

Natalie Isaacs is the driving force behind 1 Million Women, an Australia-wide campaign of women taking practical action to reduce waste and pollution in their daily lives - household energy, food, fashion, shopping, transport and travel.

A mother of four with a deep concern about the world her children are inheriting, Natalie's philosophy is one of taking personal responsibility. Natalie sees herself as anything but a traditional green role model. She ran her own business for over two decades in the wasteful cosmetics industry, and at home struggled to even sort household waste for recycling.

In 2006, she 'finally got the message', and saw an urgent need to utilize her skills and passion as a business woman and communicator to take real action on climate change. 'Although I had an understanding of climate change and the consequences it didn't translate into my daily life. There was a deep disconnect between awareness and action. I realized that there must be millions of women like I was - disconnected on this critical and urgent issue for whatever reasons.'

Launched in 2009, 1 Million Women with nearly 80,000 members and +37,000 Facebook community is now one of the largest women's organizations in Australia. At its core, this vibrant movement of women is about profound behavior change.

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