Three Ways to Act Today on Women and Climate

By Ursula Miniszeskski, Program and Development Officer, Gender and the Environment

“I started planting trees and found myself in the forefront of fighting for the restoration of democracy in my country.” – Wangari Maathai

On Saturday, January 21st Global Greengrants Fund joined the Women’s March on Washington and sister marches in Denver, San Francisco, and London to stand in solidarity with our sisters and brothers in the United States and beyond.

We marched to send a clear message: The health of our planet and the advancement of women’s rights go hand-in-hand. We stand for a society that values, respects, and includes women. Only by lifting up women’s voices will we have a chance against the greatest threat facing humankind—climate change.

But the fight is not over. While the march was the first step in unifying our voices across movements, continued action together is what we need to evoke real change.

Here are three ways to act today to help protect our planet and the rights of women around the world:

The future depends on all of us, and the time to act is now.

Ursula Miniszewski

Ursula Miniszewski

Ursula Miniszewski is the Program and Development Officer, Gender and the Environment at Global Greengrants Fund, contributing author of Climate Justice and Women's Rights: A Guide to Supporting Grassroots Women's Actions, and co-coordinator of the Summit on Women and Climate. She has experience working on human rights issues in Africa, Latin America, and Europe, and has worked in internationally focused nonprofits based in the United States that advocate for girls’ and women’s rights in development. Ursula holds a M.A. in International Studies and a B.A. in History.