This email from Wellington Water Watchers landed in my email this morning, and I thought it was worth sharing because it states so clearly how all forms of oppression are interconnected and contribute to climate change. They said it better:
gender inequality reinforces the dynamics driving the climate crisis: colonial systems of dominance, corporate drive for private profit no matter the public or planetary cost, and patriarchal systems which assign privilege based on gender, skin-colour, class, and sexual orientation.
Read the entire email:
Today and every day, our movement toward water justice is propelled by women.
Women are at the forefront of the environmental movement in many ways – defending land, fighting gravel mining, stopping sprawl, building grassroots movements, challenging corporate greed, communicating issues, designing solutions, and supporting other intersectional leaders.
Women are the lifeblood of the environmental movement and yet, women here in Ontario and around the world are still fighting for their seat at the table. This year’s International Women’s Day theme is ‘Gender equality today for a sustainable tomorrow’ because gender inequality reinforces the dynamics driving the climate crisis: colonial systems of dominance, corporate drive for private profit no matter the public or planetary cost, and patriarchal systems which assign privilege based on gender, skin-colour, class, and sexual orientation.
The climate crisis is perpetuated by the status quo of gender inequality and keeping the privileged few in seats of power. Women are rising together to say, “No more.”
The climate crisis calls us all toward rapid, meaningful change and women are leading the way. The hands, feet, blood, sweat, tears, children, ideas, research, friends, and voices of women bring people together to demand we leave the status quo behind and forge a just path forward for people & planet alike.
Water protection is not economically, socially, or politically neutral. Water protection is an issue of racial and social justice, connected to human rights and rights of nature, equality and preserving the sacred conditions that make all life possible. Honouring the work and contributions of women in the environmental movement and in every movement is a necessary step to combat the climate crisis, protect water, and protect life.
Today on International Women’s Day, we celebrate the inspiring work of women in the water justice movement. Today and every day, we are proud to be a primarily women-led organization, supported by women, building a legacy of change together.
Yours in water protection, Women of Water Watchers
Wellington Water Watchers http://www.wellingtonwaterwatchers.ca/