“My name is Ursula Rakova. I come from Papua New Guinea, but I was born on the Carteret Islands in the Southwestern Pacific. My elders and my community have given me a huge task, to tell the world what is happening on my island and what climate change is doing to destroy our lives. My work involves organizing our people and moving them from the island to the mainland where we need to re-locate to safe and secure ground. We are being forced from our ancient island homeland to the mainland of Bougainville Province in Papua New Guinea where we must start new lives and find sustainable means to produce our food and survive. I want to make sure that my people have a future life for generations to come. I would say to people who believe that climate change is not happening, if you have...Read More
It’s about the women who live with the impacts of climate change every single day. Won’t you support their journey?
Women who see high tides destroy their food supply and submerge their homes. Women who watch a merciless cycle of unprecedented floods, followed by droughts, drown their children, wash away their livelihoods, and then watch their crops dry out again. Women who pick up the pieces, improvise solutions and, facing their very survival, carve out unconventional paths to leadership.
In 2009, four women met at the UN High Level Meeting on Climate Change in New York. At an event hosted by former president of Ireland Mary Robinson, a journalist from the Cook Islands, a former hairdresser from Biloxi, Mississippi, a Carteret Islander moving her endangered atoll community to the Papua New Guinea mainland, and a peasant farmer from Eastern Uganda discovered the collective strength of their stories and the multiplying power of connection.
Over the past seven years, these Climate Wise Women have addressed audiences on five continents, sharing the challenges and success stories that distinguish their inspiring leadership on climate change solutions. From the halls of the United Nations to esteemed academic institutions; from houses of worship to community meeting halls, they’ve given a human face to the most urgent issue of our century. Their struggles and their eloquence have garnered attention from the New York Times, National Public Radio, The Guardian, CNN, Public Radio International, The Weather Channel and many other media outlets.
In 2016 we made the decision to move from talk to action by leading a delegation of journalists, funders and women leaders to the Autonomous Region of Bougainville in Papua New Guinea where UN Equator Prize-winner Ursula Rakova is resettling her atoll community displaced by climate change. In 2017, we’re headed to eastern Uganda to support the Osukuru United Women’s Network, led by Constance Okollet, over 1000 women in an agricultural region struggling with drastically changing weather patterns and persistent poverty.
Climate Wise Women is taking on the necessary work of building leadership, making the vital connections, and getting the right kind of attention to insure that these global women succeed in their efforts to build community resilience in the face of devastating climate change. Won’t you support our journey?
The Climate Wise Women is a proud project of Earth Island Institute: www.earthisland.org
Climate Wise Women will be in Uganda the week of April 9 – 14, 2017 for meetings with the Osukuru United Women’s Network in the Tororo District. These meetings will generate the strategic planning for a Climate Wise Women site visit with donors, media and other potential partners to the region later this year.
Climate Wise Women is proud to participate in the April 29 People’s Climate March in Washington, DC.