Women Speak: Stories, Case Studies And Solutions From The Frontlines Of Climate Change

[Photo: Women in the Democratic Republic of Congo work to reforest the Itombwe region as a part of WECAN/SAFECO program. Photo by Stany Nzabas]

Stories are considered one of most (if not THE most) powerful ways to build movements and effect societal change. So the just-launched "Story Hub" project ‘Women Speak: Stories, Case Studies And Solutions From The Frontlines Of Climate Change’ has caught my attention this weekend, especially as it lifts otherwise unheard, undocumented voices to the fore.

From their website:

Women are impacted first and worst by climate change, yet are simultaneously essential actors in local and global solutions....And yet, the voice and rights of women often continue to be suppressed and ignored. As CNN and Media Matters have reported, only 15% of those interviewed in the media on climate change have been women.

‘Women Speak: Stories, Case Studies And Solutions From The Frontlines Of Climate Change’ is a web-based research database and initiative designed to shift the narrative and to challenge dominant systems of exploitation and oppression of women and the Earth, as we collect and share many hundreds, and ultimately many thousands, of stories by and about women leading struggles and solutions for climate justice under a variety of cross-sectional themes. The goal is to create an accessible and ever-growing source of information, research and multimedia storytelling for frontline Earth defenders, policy makers, journalists, activists, educators, students, and all those seeking to understand and demonstrate why and how women are paramount to just action on climate change, and the defense and protection of the web of life itself.

Ms. Magazine will be running a series of blog posts on the project, beginning with an interview with WECAN's Osprey Orielle Lake. 

I hope you'll check out Women Speak, and share your thoughts on it. Any of these stories shift your perspective, give new inspiration or appreciation, inspire your own ideas for action?


Rick Shankman's picture

All, please take note of the

All, please take note of the following, as this could only happen at MIT and ClimateX...

  1. A post is created (today) on ClimateX regarding a WECAN/SAFECO Project in the Congo, ravaged by the fossil fuel industry;
  2. Tomorrow, WECAN will be in Bonn, Germany at the International Rights of Nature Tribunal;
  3. Day 1 - First Session - @ 09:35 hrs. (FIRST CASE BEFORE THE TRIBUNAL);
  4. Climate Change and False Energy Solutions: Fracking, Coal and Nuclear - Consolidation of the Fossil Fuel Industry in North America.

​This, while...

  • MIT builds methane distribution infrastructure on campus to support the consolidated North American fossil fuel industry;
  • Right after ClimateX hosts the consolidated (Northeastern) fossil fuel industry to dupe would-be climate activists into doing free work for that industry;
  • While that industry fracks North America to death;
  • With MIT’s Energy Initiative made up of, and heavily funded by, the global fossil fuel multinationals;
  • With MIT’s endowment heavily invested in that industry, and
  • MIT’s students and faculty working to advance the nuclear power industry.

Yep, this could only happen at MIT and ClimateX.

Rick Shankman's picture

Rajesh, your attempt at humor

Rajesh, your attempt at humor above makes evident just how far ClimateX has strayed from its founding principles.

Further, of all the attempts at humor possible, why did you have to pick Saudi oil politics as the topic?

"Mohammed bin Salman was named... second in line to become king, as well as defense minister; put in charge of a powerful economic council; and given oversight of the state oil monopoly, Saudi Aramco."

See.. MIT + Saudi Oil

"MIT President Susan Hockfield and Saudi Aramco President and CEO Khalid A. Al-Falih signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU)... in Dhahran, Saudi Arabia, providing a framework that will greatly expand the research and education partnership between MIT and Saudi Aramco."