Theme: Women’s Leadership
Thursday, April 6th
Understanding the history of women’s pivotal roles in revolutions is essential to helping us create a new map that will permit us to move forward into far more enlightened and compassionate societies around the world. This panel will explore women’s game-changing roles in anti-colonial and liberation movements, from Algeria, Chile and Liberia to the courageous present-day women in Iran. We will survey the strategies and themes of several effective women-led revolutions in history, as well as the necessity of the everyday “inward revolution” required to shape the outer change we seek as a collective. With: Azita Ardakani, Iranian-born entrepreneur and social activist; Zainab Salbi, Iraqi American women’s rights activist and writer, co-founder of Women for Women International. Moderated by Bioneers co-founder, Nina Simons.
April 6th | 4:45 pm to 6:00 pm | Berkeley Ballroom, Residence Inn
Friday, April 7th
The dominant culture that brought us colonialism, patriarchy, white supremacy and capitalism has led us to the brink of global ecological, economic and social collapse. In this session we will hear from women leaders who are lifting up frontline women around the world. They will share what they see as emergent directions in movement-building, healing and transformative change. They will describe inspiring examples of grassroots women’s Climate Justice initiatives offering equitable and vibrant solutions. They’ll show how it’s essential to amplify and invest in BIPOC and grassroots women climate leaders globally. With: Osprey Orielle Lake, founder and Executive Director of the Women’s Earth and Climate Action Network International; Leila Salazar Lopez, Executive Director of Amazon Watch; Zainab Salbi, founder of Women for Women International, author of Freedom is an Inside Job; Amira Diamond, co-founder and Co-Director of Women’s Earth Alliance (WEA).
April 7th | 3:00 pm to 4:15 pm | Freight & Salvage
Saturday, April 8th
Introduction by Osprey Orielle Lake, founder and Executive Director of the Women’s Earth and Climate Action Network (WECAN) International
How we imagine what’s possible, what matters. Who we are shapes what we do, and what we do in the present shapes the future. In addition to the many practical, scientific and material aspects, the climate crisis has cultural aspects with which we need to engage in order to meet this emergency. Drawing from the new anthology she co-edited, Not Too Late: Changing the Climate Story from Despair to Possibility, Rebecca Solnit will talk about the stories emerging from what science, Indigenous leadership, good organizing, and visionary thinkers are giving us. These stories offer the grounds for hope and the work hope does. What are the ways that what the climate requires of us could mean ushering in an age of abundance rather than austerity?
April 8th | 11:59 am to 12:21 pm | Zellerbach Hall
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