“While people look at environmental issues, people look at climate change, people are very concerned about the health of our planet overall, very few look at it from the perspective of women. And, unfortunately, like in too many situations of crisis around the world, women and children suffer the most when the environment is destroyed.” Jody Williams
As peacebuilders and community leaders, women around the world have been at the forefront of movements to reduce the impacts of climate change and build healthy, sustainable environments. Recognizing their extraordinary efforts, the Nobel Women’s Initiative – through the vision of the late Nobel Peace Laureate and grassroots environmentalist Wangari Maathai – has long been advocating for environmental peace and justice.
Breaking Ground: Women, Oil & Climate Change aims to amplify the voices of women on the impact of oil sands expansion as well as their calls for clean, renewable energy. We will meet with women activists and community leaders to hear first hand the challenges and impacts they are facing as a result of oil sands development – and the groundbreaking work they are doing to defend their lands and the environment.
By listening, learning, and amplifying women’s voices, we hope to engage new audiences and media on the impacts of oil expansion and the effects on climate change. Using the influence of the Nobel Laureates and highly respected women delegates, we will bring the calls of women on the ground to decision makers in Canada, the United States, and around the world.