DURHAM, N.C., April 12, 2021 /3BL Media/ -- Today, Women in Climate Tech launched a campaign in support of The Women and Climate Change Act of 2021 (H.R. 260) introduced by Congresswoman Barbara Lee (D-CA). The goal of the campaign is to highlight that women are:
- On the front lines of climate change impacts: Women are most at risk from climate change, as the majority of the world's poor and proportionally more dependent on threatened natural resources.
- Essential to reducing carbon emissions: Research suggests that investing in women and girls results in a reduction of carbon emissions; according to UNESCO data, educating girls could result in a massive reduction in emissions by 2050.
- Critical to national and international security: Women’s advancement is critical to global stability; in myriad ways, elevating women counters violent extremism which is projected to worsen as climate impacts multiply.
The Women and Climate Change Act of 2021 addresses climate change and its effects on women and girls by outlining the functions, strategy, and response of an interagency working group within the Department of State.
“Reflecting on the UN’s 17 Sustainable Development Goals—including tackling hunger, improving health, gender equality, and promoting peace—and you’ll realize how much of this work depends on women,” said Lisa Veliz Waweru, Co-Founder of Women in Climate Tech and Customer Success Lead at The Climate Service. “Women are one of the most fundamental—yet overlooked—solutions, and this is why we support the Women in Climate Change Act.”
On April 12th, members of Women in Climate Tech will simultaneously update their LinkedIn “splashes” (the image atop a LinkedIn profile). The organization will also host a webinar the same day in support of the Women and Climate Change Act of 2021 (H.R. 260).
“Our goal is to stand in solidarity, and to do so memorably in the runup to Earth Day,” said Helen Bertelli, co-founder of Women in Climate Tech and President of Benecomms. “While an actual flash mob would have been great, due to COVID distancing (and because only a few of us can actually dance, myself not included), we settled for the next best thing.”
“We welcome others to join us in underscoring the need for women to have a seat at every table, at every level,” said Emily Wasley, Chair of the Outreach and Connection Committee, and Practice Leader for Corporate Climate Risk, Adaptation, and Resilience for WSP. “Time and again research shows that women’s leadership leads to better, more equitable, and more effective outcomes in business and all decision-making. The same will be true in the fight against climate change.”
“We thank the members of Women in Climate Tech for this effort,” said Congresswoman Barbara Lee. “It is inspiring to see women leaders using their collective voices in support of this legislation.”
About Women in Climate Tech
Women in Climate Tech aims to empower and amplify the voices of women, and non-binary individuals, in climate tech, working to solve the biggest challenge of our time. Its members include engineers, tech executives, communicators, policy specialists, investors, and business leaders from around the world, all working to combat climate change.
About WSP USA
WSP USA is the U.S. operating company of WSP, one of the world's leading engineering and professional services firms. Dedicated to serving local communities, we are engineers, planners, technical experts, strategic advisors and construction management professionals. WSP USA designs lasting solutions in the buildings, transportation, energy, water and environment markets. With more than 10,000 employees in 170 offices across the U.S., we partner with our clients to help communities prosper. wsp.com
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