Around the world, women are the powerful solutionists and organizers taking on the climate emergency. Rachel Carson’s book, Silent Spring, galvanized the U.S. public into action to ban the pesticide DDT. Wangari Maathi founded over 6,000 tree nurseries to prevent desertification, sparking a global movement. Berta Cáceres organized her community to block the creation of a dam on a sacred river in Honduras. Women mobilize and inspire communities, lead with empathy and critical awareness, and make change happen.
The impacts of the climate emergency will be felt across sectors, borders, communities, and cultures. The impacts of climate change will not be proportionate, with the most marginalized people experiencing greater impacts, but the reverberations will be experienced by all at differing magnitudes around the world. This moment calls for cross-sector, grassroots, political, advocacy, business, and other solutions.
Wherever you are in your leadership journey — a CEO or a high-school student starting a club — your unique position in society is needed to address this crisis. We work with leaders at all ages and stages, from those organizing recycling initiatives in their schools to those changing policy at the highest levels of government. No solution is too small; no solution is unimportant. To address the climate emergency, leaders must rise from all sectors and spaces, bringing their knowledge, creativity, and energy to meet this occasion.
We need women’s leadership to solve the most pressing issue of our age, the climate emergency.