IWD 2024: Women Leading The Charge Against Climate Change

8 March 2024

IWD 2024: Women Leading The Charge Against Climate Change

At Reactive Technologies, we are committed to driving the global energy transition and reducing carbon emissions in the energy sector. Working closely with grid operators worldwide, we witness incredible projects combating the impacts of climate change. On this International Women’s Day, we want to shine a light on initiatives led by women who are making significant strides in combating the impacts of climate change. Women bear the brunt of climate change impacts, with statistics revealing that they are more vulnerable to the effects of extreme weather events and environmental degradation. Yet, only about 2% of climate finance is directed towards initiatives with gender equality objectives.

To mark this International Women’s Day, we’ve curated a list of impactful projects, each led by inspiring women, providing you with an opportunity to contribute to these causes.

Farwiza Farhan, HAkA

Founded in 2012, HAkA (Hutan Alam dan Lingkungan Aceh) stands as a beacon of environmental advocacy in Indonesia, dedicated to the conservation and protection of the critical ecosystems in the Aceh region. At the helm of this inspiring organization is its founder, Farwiza Farhan. A visionary leader and environmentalist, Farwiza’s commitment to sustainable practices and biodiversity preservation has garnered international recognition. HAkA’s work extends beyond conventional conservation, addressing the intricate balance between local communities and the natural environment. Under Farwiza’s guidance, HAkA has played a pivotal role in safeguarding Aceh’s rich biodiversity, empowering communities, and fostering a model of environmental stewardship that resonates far beyond Indonesia’s borders. Farwiza Farhan’s dedication to environmental justice and her innovative approaches to conservation continue to inspire change, making HAkA a trailblazer in the global fight for a sustainable future.

She Changes Climate Co-Founder, Bianca Pitt

SHE Changes Climate, established in late 2020 by the visionary trio of Antoinette Vermilye, Bianca Pitt, and Elise Buckle, has rapidly evolved into a dynamic and influential campaign group. With a mission to infuse diversity, inclusiveness, transparency, and accountability into the COP negotiations on Climate Change, the organization has gathered support from thousands of advocates globally. Now an independent force, SHE Changes Climate is dedicated to the ambitious goal of ensuring that all climate negotiation delegations boast at least 50% representation of women across diverse backgrounds at their highest levels. The group emphasizes the imperative of diverse voices in shaping crucial decisions to address the climate crisis, standing firm in its commitment to a #5050Vision for equitable and inclusive climate leadership.

Green Belt Movement Founder, Wangari Maathai

The Green Belt Movement, founded by the indomitable Wangari Maathai in 1977, stands as a pioneering environmental organization that has left an enduring impact on Kenya and beyond. Dr. Maathai, an environmentalist, political activist, and Nobel Peace Prize laureate, envisioned a grassroots movement that not only addressed environmental degradation but also championed women’s rights and community empowerment. The movement, renowned for its tree-planting campaigns, has planted millions of trees to combat deforestation and soil erosion while concurrently fostering women’s involvement in environmental conservation. Dr. Wangari Maathai’s legacy endures through the Green Belt Movement’s unwavering commitment to sustainable development, conservation, and the empowerment of local communities, embodying the powerful intersection of environmentalism and social justice.

Solar Sister entrepreneurs, Tanzania

Solar Sister, founded by Katherine Lucey, is a remarkable organization working at the intersection of renewable energy and women’s empowerment. With a mission to eradicate energy poverty, Solar Sister employs an innovative approach by empowering women entrepreneurs to become clean energy advocates and entrepreneurs in their communities. By providing women with training, support, and access to clean energy products such as solar lamps and clean cookstoves, Solar Sister not only addresses energy poverty but also fosters economic independence for women. The organization’s leadership, under Katherine Lucey, reflects a commitment to sustainable solutions that not only benefit individuals and communities but contribute to broader environmental and social goals. Solar Sister’s unique model showcases the transformative power of clean energy access and female entrepreneurship in creating positive change.

This International Women’s Day, let’s contribute to these impactful projects and celebrate the women leading the charge against climate change. Together, we can make a difference and drive positive change for a sustainable future.

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