Friends of The Earth’s first edition of Why Women Will Save the Planet, featuring Women’s Environmental Network (WEN) director Kate Metcalf, highlighted that we can only turn around the terrible effects of excessive energy consumption, polluted air and absence of Nature in our societies if women are empowered.
The book showed just how critical gender equality is to environmental sustainability.
Green businesses and activists alike have been eagerly anticipating the second edition, which was launched this month (13 March) at a sold-out event, the Women’s Environmental Network Forum.
In association with Friends of the Earth, the launch included a screening of the film Feed the Green – Feminist Voices for the Earth and a panel discussion and Q&A that explored issues such as the role of women’s empowerment in creating sustainable cities, what an intersectional feminist and sustainable city might look like and how we could have a gender-based approach to urban climate policy.
Emphasising that the economic growth of the world’s leading cities does not need to equate to a dystopian future, the book demonstrates how societies can be transformed into powerhouses of wellbeing and environmental sustainability – if we empower women.
A collaboration between C40 and Friends of the Earth, the book showcases pioneering city mayors, key voices in the environmental and feminist movements and academics. C40 Cities is a global network of the largest and greenest cities across the planet and has itself launched Women4Climate, an initiative to promote and support women as climate leaders.
WEN is the only UK organisation that exists to make the links between women’s health and wellbeing and environmental issues. It works for environmental justice using feminist principles.
The WEN Forum is a quarterly symposium with speakers discussing topics of the moment. It’s always inspiring, topical – and sometimes also controversial!
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