Across the country, in spite of being more than half the population, women consistently hover around 20 percent of elected office at all levels. Sierra Club’s Gender, Equity & Environment Program Director A. Tianna Scozzaro decided to run for office last year and encourages other women environmentalists to run too.
What does it take to be resilient in challenging times? That’s the question we posed on our trip to South Florida for our Annual Meeting in March. The region has a fraught past when it comes to environmental protection, but advocates and conservationists are making progress, and Rachel’s Network was there to learn about and celebrate their efforts.
To harness the incredible energy of climate activists since the election, a coalition of environmental and women’s groups will offer a free training to pro-environment women who want to run for office on April 30, the day after the People’s Climate March in Washington, DC.
Using 2006-2015 data from the League of Conservation Voters (LCV) Environmental Scorecard, Rachel’s Network found that women federal legislators vote for environmental protections more often than their male counterparts in both the House and Senate.
From Washington to communities all across the country, we are continuing her fight to protect the health of American families, says Rhea Suh, president of the Natural Resources Defense Council. NRDC’s recent report on water safety documents and maps the disturbing prevalence of lead in drinking water all across America, as well as the lack of official response to numerous violations of the Environmental Protection Agency’s Lead and Copper Rule.
Consultant Eleanor LeCain says that while our present moment is a dangerous one, it also contains opportunity. It’s the opportunity for women to show us how we can meet our needs through a regenerative economy within a healthy, thriving world, for ourselves and for future generations.
The United States is widely recognized as a world leader in climate change research, but a 2014 Global Trends Survey of 20 countries revealed that the US ranked last in the percentage of the population that attributed climate change to human activity. Teachers have a unique opportunity to inspire and motivate the next generation of scientists, engineers and leaders to tackle climate change, says Rachel’s Network Member Elena Marszalek.
Kef Kasdin, board chair at Rachel’s Network, reflects on her time at the Women’s March on Washington, and how the solidarity of women will help us protect a healthy environment and many other issues we care about.
The slow dissolution of one way of life has left many folks in rural places like Grayson County, Virginia feeling forgotten and displaced. Member Charlotte Hanes says we need to support some of the hardest working people our great country has ever produced: the people who feed us. And a good way to do this is to empower women.
225 million women in developing countries simply want to avoid getting pregnant but face barriers accessing something that costs on average $25/per person per year to deliver. Seema Jalan, executive director of the Universal Access Project and Policy at the United Nations Foundation, explains how family planning services have allowed one man in Uganda to pursue his gift for environmental entrepreneurship, creating positive ripple effects in his community.