Sunday was International Women’s Day, and despite coronavirus restrictions in some countries many women took to the streets elsewhere in spectacular marches around the world to demand gender equality. To mark the day in this Fossil Free News, we’re naming and celebrating powerful women in the climate justice struggle.
Behind every victory – including all the wins pouring in over the past few weeks – women organizers are building strong movements with leadership, strategy, and compassion.
Take Raya Ahmed from Lamu, Kenya, who fought to stop a coal plant that would’ve devastated the coastal community. She spoke to us about women’s stewardship of nature, and resilience in the face of threats from climate impacts and displacement from fossil fuel infrastructure. Watch the video interview:
In Turkey, local leader Tayyibe Demirel just won a new court case against the expansion of an open-pit coal mine towards her village. She’s a big part of No Coal Muğla, a local movement to stop coal expansion and battle pollution in this beautiful area in Western Turkey.
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Climate strike: In Brussels last Friday, thousands marched through the EU quarter to demand politicians set more ambitious targets and limit the fossil fuel industry. Greta Thunberg was there – but she’s just one of 8 inspiring female climate strikers you should know about right now. From Mumbai to Istanbul, young women simultaneously headed smaller climate strikes around the world.
Still, we’ve got to stop another glaring public health crisis, too. Climate crisis will cause millions more deaths as impacts worsen – and disease outbreaks become more likely. Yet in the U.S., President Trump has hinted at bailing out fossil fuel companies as the oil price tumbles. It's time to break our fossil fuel addiction and lean in to a rapid and just transition to resilient renewables, with accessible healthcare for all.
“Eight years ago I was alone, and now the whole community stands behind us.”
Meet three incredible, brave women in a small town in eastern Ukraine who’ve rallied to build a local movement against gas fracking – even in the face of intimidation from the authorities. Read their story
We hope you’ve enjoyed these stories of women leading the resistance. Stay safe, keep organizing, and we’ll see you in two weeks with more Fossil Free News!