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“Diverse decision-making and women’s empowerment are crucial to fighting the climate crisis and securing just and equitable policy solutions. Join this summer school to discuss all things climate feminism, and to connect with other activists, academics, and interested individuals from across Europe and beyond!”
About the Event
Women and minorities are more likely to be affected by the impacts of climate change and environmental crises, but are also key to bringing about change in their communities. Countries with more diversity in decision-making have more ambitious climate policies, while the empowerment of women is also closely linked to better economic and wellbeing outcomes for all.
We need this diversity and we celebrate it, but we also know that it flourishes best when it is pursued actively and obstacles are clearly understood. Specific support for systemically underrepresented groups, including women and non-binary people, is crucial in order to make a change in traditionally male-dominated spaces.
How are women currently excluded from climate negotiations and decisions? What are the lessons and insights from those leaders who have managed to break through? What are the narratives and structures that keep inequalities in place, and the “gender-blind” solutions that fail to challenge the status quo? How does the patriarchal exploitation of the planet relate to the lived experiences and activism of women of colour, indigenous women, LGBTQ+ women, and others? And above all, what can we do to address all of this?
This online summer school will feature a series of interactive sessions to explore the gendered impacts of the climate crisis, but also provide concrete tools, inspiration, and knowledge to equip participants in their own lives and with a special eye on COP26. We will facilitate encounters between activists, climate scientists, researchers, policy makers, campaigners, politicians, and the general public, in order to move this priority high on the agenda and spark connections across Europe and beyond.
This summer school is part of the project “Feminists in the Climate Movement,” organised by GEF with the support of Visio, Green Economics Institute, Oikos, and Fundacja Strefa Zieleni. With a closed training programme for selected Feminist Climate Ambassadors as well as a series of public events, the project seeks to build capacity among (potential) climate leaders, while highlighting the gendered aspects and impacts of the climate crisis to a broader audience.
Confirmed speakers include:
- Prof. Graciela Chichilnisky (professor of economics at Columbia University, IPCC lead author, co-founder of Global Thermostat)
- Clare Bailey (Leader of Green Party Northern Ireland)
- Jean Lambert (European Green Party)
- Mana Livardjani (Director of ENOP – European Network of Political Foundations)
- Frances Roberts-Gregory (Northeastern University Future Faculty Fellow)
- Patrizia Heidegger (European Environmental Bureau)
- Rahila James (ActionAid Nigeria)
- Marie Pochon (Notre Affaire a Tous)
- Ewa Sufin-Jacquemart (director of Strefa Zieleni, Congress of Women coordinator)
- Chelangat Scholar (national chairperson at Green Congress of Kenya)
- Olfa Jelassi (GenderCC)
- Dr. Alexandra Harrington (research director at Centre for International Sustainable Development Law)
And many more!
The full programme and speakers can be found here. Please note that sessions are subject to change.
Date and time: August 20th – 22nd (13:00 – 19:30)
- Sessions include plenaries, networking, workshops, social sessions, and many other formats. There will be plenty of extended breaks, and participants are welcome to join whenever and for whichever session(s) they want.
Audience: This summer school will take place in English, online, and is open to the general public. We strive for an open but safe space, making the summer school as interactive and accessible as possible while ensuring the wellbeing of our participants.
Registration: Please register in advance here.
This event is organised by the Green European Foundation with the support of the Green Economics Institute and with the financial support of the European Parliament to the Green European Foundation. The European Parliament is not responsible for the content of this event.