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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 our Feminist Climate Ambassadors at COP26 for a series of events that highlight the gendered aspects and impacts of the climate crisis, and build capacity for the green feminist movement across Europe.
About the Event
Women and minorities are more likely to be affected by the consequences of climate change but are also the key people who can bring about change in their communities. Countries with more diversity in decision-making have more ambitious climate policies. But diversity doesn’t just magically happen – it must be encouraged. Women and non-binary people need specific training to make change in traditionally male-dominated places of decision-making.
This year, GEF has selected and supported a group of twenty Feminist Climate Ambassadors to do just that. We have also run a series of public events on the nexus of gender equality and the climate crisis, and are exploring ecofeminism and ethics of care as a potential framework for societal change. Our Green Hub programming continues this work!
11:00 – 12:30 Ecofeminist Roundtable: Conversation Circle on Ecofeminist Experience, with the support of Oikos
As individual selves, we are part of a web of relationships with both human and non-human others. Within ethics of care, we maintain nourishing and caring relationships.
In this workshop, we discuss what this entails for us, and we put ethics of care into practice by creating a safe space for us to connect, tell our stories and listen to each other. There is space for self-expression and deep listening.
The session will be completed by a moment of body-care (through breath work and movement). Care for our physical bodies supports the connection to ourselves and helps to solidify the connections between self and the self, self and the fellow participant, and ultimately towards self and the world we live in.
15:00 – 17:00 Rethinking People, Planet and Profit with Feminist Climate Ambassadors, with the support of Visio
Join GEF’s Feminist Climate Ambassadors to renew your thinking about the three dimensions of sustainability. The ambassadors and international experts offer you a new feminist lenses and facilitate constructive conversation on environmentalism, economy and climate policy & security.
- With our ambassadors Barbora Majdisova (Poland & Sweden), Louisa Mandt (Germany), Gabrielle Sousa e. Hiltmann (Brazil & Germany), Ana Díaz Vidal (Spain & Scotland), Claire Woods (Ireland), and Dilara Asardag (Cyprus & Finland).
- Additional speakers to be announced!
17:00 – 19:00 Training for Feminists in the Climate Movement: How COP Works, with the support of Green Economics Institute
This is a workshop to familiarise researchers, activists, and policy makers as to how they can make a difference and contribute to COP26 dialogues, with a particular eye on issues like gender equality and diverse decision making. We will start with introducing how the treaty works, what negotiations look like, and how different actors exert their influence. This is followed by an interactive workshop exploring participants’ own reflections and inputs.
- With Michelle Gale (Gender Progress); Jean Lambert (GPEW, former MEP); Dr. Alexandra Harrington (Global Institute for Health and Human Rights), Dorothy Nalubega (Ecological Party of Uganda, Global Greens), and Miriam Kennett (Green Economics Institute). Facilitated by Peg Alexander.
Venue: Kirk Lounge at the COP26 Green Hub (The Renfield Centre – 260 Bath Street, Glasgow, UK). These events will be taking place entirely in person.
Audience: Free and open to the general public, but pre-registration may be required and there is a maximum capacity for each session.
Read the COP26 Feminist Climate Ambassadors statement here
This event is organised by the Green European Foundation with the support of Visio, Green Economics Institute, and Oikos, and with the financial support of the European Parliament to the Green European Foundation.