As the International Women’s Day is approaching we would like to share with you the voices of women, girls fighting for justice, #land, #water, livelihoods, and dignity—fearlessly working to save the planet.
1. We, as indigenous women and indigenous peoples, believe it’s vital to take into account our knowledge to prevent and adapt to climate change, because the communities are the ones who know how.” — Tarcila Rivera, advisor in Peru and a Quechuan activist 2. We will not go back to normal. Normal never was. Our pre-corona existence was not normal other than we normalized greed, inequity, exhaustion, depletion, extraction, disconnection, confusion, rage, hoarding, hate and lack. We are given the opportunity to stitch a new garment. One that fits all of humanity and nature.” Sonya Renee Taylor 3. If you take away land from women in the rural areas, you take away their livelihoods; you take away the very thing that they identify with. We fight. Because we have nothing else to lose.” — Melania Chiponda, land defender in Zimbabwe 4. Humanity is currently enacting a narrative that nature is ours to abuse and exploit and pollute as we see fit, forgetting that we are a part of it. We are part of the web of life, and when we harm one part of that web, we harm ourselves. We urgently need a new narrative, where instead of hubris we have humility. Instead of rapacious destruction we have respect and stewardship. Instead of disconnection, we have deep connection – to nature, to each other, to ourselves, and to our future.”Roz Savage, Ocean Rower, Environmental Activist 5.There’s no business that can function without a healthy eco-system, Annie Simpson, Managing Investment Director 6. One thing leads to the other. Deforestation leads to climate change, which leads to ecosystem losses, which negatively impacts our livelihoods – it’s a vicious cycle.” Gisele Bundchen, Supermodel & UN Goodwill Ambassador 7. The climate crisis has already been solved. All we have to do is to wake up and change.Greta Thunberg 8. By using the European Green Deal as our compass, we can turn the crisis of this pandemic into an opportunity, Ursula von der Leyen