WEDO’s Mara Dolan and Alex Gordon march during the November 6th Global Day of Action in Glasgow, Scotland. Photo by Annabelle Avril for WECF.

The last few years have witnessed our communities challenged by the worsening climate crisis and entrenched injustices—but have also seen our movements rise with strength and deeper connectedness. As the movement for climate justice grows, increased attention to intersectional environmentalism and feminist climate solutions is paving the way for structural transformation that addresses the root causes of the climate crisis and social injustice.

Below is a snapshot of what’s bringing us hope for 2022.

Feminist Solutions, Not False Solutions

So-called “false solutions,” such as geoengineering and carbon capture and storage, fail to address the root causes of climate change—only serving to uphold and greenwash corporate power.

Challenging these false solutions in the year ahead—while moving toward existing, community-centered and regenerative feminist solutions—remains a key priority. In practice, this means investing in women’s, Indigenous Peoples’ and grassroots leadership, and lifting up locally led solutions to the climate crisis. It also means creating and driving feminist  visions—like the Feminist Green New Deal and Feminist Economic Justice for People and Planet—that challenge the structural inequities that contribute to climate change, rather than reinforce them.

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Filling Most-needed Data Gaps

Gathering evidence at the intersection of gender and climate change is critical to ensuring effective advocacy and supporting powerful movements. WEDO is proud to maintain and expand the Gender Climate Tracker app and website, which centralizes and communicates extensive data, reports, publications and resources that link gender and climate.

Following up on commitments made at the Generation Equality Forum, WEDO and IUCN—together with a group of multi-stakeholder partners—have also initiated a diverse multi-stakeholder alliance to improve understanding and application of gender-environment data. The Gender and Environment Data Alliance (GEDA) aims to fill critical information gaps at the gender and environment nexus, to support gender-just and evidence-based policies that meet the needs of all people in all their diversity.

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Finding Power in Collectives

WEDO remains committed to continuing to build the power and influence of global collective feminist constituencies—including the Women’s Major Group (WMG) and the Women and Gender Constituency (WGC)—while taking on new leadership within the Feminist Action for Climate Justice Action Coalition under the Generation Equality Forum. Centering people power not only means organizing with allied partners and movements, but also promoting a human rights-based approach to climate action that centers a care economy, a just transition to a regenerative economy, the full range of sexual and reproductive health and rights (SRHR), and more. WEDO also co-convenes the SRHR and Climate Justice Coalition launched at the Generation Equality Forum.

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Biodiversity And Disaster Risk in the Spotlight

2021 saw the release of multiple devastating reports on extinctions and extinction risks of large groups of species, as well as a host of extreme weather events and climate disasters. As the global community comes together this Spring to discuss agreements to protect nature and biodiversity, as well as disaster risk reduction, it is imperative to center the leadership of Indigenous Peoples and local communities, and enact policies that protect both people and planet. WEDO looks forward to working with the women’s constituencies within these multilateral processes during these key global moments.

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Expanding Climate Finance Flows

Last year’s climate conference failed to deliver the funding facility we need to address the loss and damage experienced by communities on the frontline of climate impacts. But as the urgency of tackling loss and damage is becoming more and more pressing—and COP27 moves to Egypt—the stage is set for transformation on this issue.

Changing the climate finance landscape requires both influencing existing climate funding streams and demonstrating new ways of delivering feminist finance. WEDO looks forward to working with our partners to prioritize these areas this year via advocacy in climate finance institutions, such as the Green Climate Fund. We will also further champion efforts to invest in local solutions—including through our recently launched Gender-Just Climate Solutions Scale Fund.

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