Women Shaping the Climate Narrative: Profiles in Advocacy

As March ushers in Women's History Month, it's only fitting that we celebrate the indomitable spirit of women in the climate movement. From grassroots organizers to influential policymakers, women have been at the forefront of the fight against climate change...

As March ushers in Women’s History Month, it’s only fitting that we celebrate the indomitable spirit of women in the climate movement. From grassroots organizers to influential policymakers, women have been at the forefront of the fight against climate change, making significant strides in shaping our environmental future. In this blog post, we shine a spotlight on the remarkable role of women in climate advocacy, emphasizing their crucial participation in the upcoming election. These are women that we, at ecoAmerica, have the pleasure of working with in a variety of settings, from our Board of Directors, our Executive Committees, American Climate Leadership Awards and beyond. We choose to highlight women whose dedication and impact we have witnessed firsthand, showcasing their leadership, resilience, and commitment to forging a more sustainable and equitable world.

Jacquelyn Dupont-Walker

Jacquelyn Dupont-Walker: Driving Economic Development and Environmental Justice
Jacquelyn Dupont-Walker is a formidable force at the intersection of economic development and environmental justice. As the Founding President of the Ward Economic Development Corporation (WEDC) and the Chair of the Social Action Committee at the AME Church, she has seamlessly woven together her commitment to community empowerment and environmental sustainability. Through WEDC, Dupont-Walker has spearheaded initiatives that prioritize sustainable economic growth, creating models that bridge the gap between economic development and environmental responsibility. Her leadership at the AME Church’s Social Action Committee further amplifies her dedication to incorporating environmental justice into the fabric of communities. As we approach the election, Dupont-Walker emphasizes the need for leaders who understand the intrinsic link between economic development, social justice, and environmental stewardship.

Daphne Frias

Daphne Frias: Environmental Justice Advocate and Community Leader
Daphne Frias stands as a beacon of change in the realm of environmental justice and community activism. As a fearless advocate, Frias has dedicated her efforts to addressing the disproportionate impacts of climate change on marginalized communities. Her work, rooted in inclusivity and social justice, emphasizes the need for policies that safeguard vulnerable populations. Frias highlights the critical role of youth engagement, encouraging peers to vote for leaders committed to bold and effective climate solutions. Through grassroots organizing and a passion for inclusivity, Daphne Frias continues to inspire change and resilience in the face of environmental challenges.

LaTisha Harris

LaTisha Harris: Catalyst for Fresno’s Sustainable Future
LaTisha Harris, Fresno Community Organizer at Mothers Out Front, stands as a dedicated force for sustainable change in her community. With a deep commitment to environmental justice, Harris empowers local communities to address pressing environmental challenges. Her work at the intersection of grassroots organizing and environmental advocacy highlights the importance of community-driven initiatives. As the upcoming election approaches, Harris fervently advocates for leaders attuned to Fresno’s unique environmental issues, underlining the need for policies that promote equity and sustainability. LaTisha Harris showcases the crucial role of community organizers, particularly women, in steering communities toward a more sustainable future.

Vanessa Hauc

Vanessa Hauc: Emmy Award-Winning Journalist and Planetary Advocate
Vanessa Hauc, an Emmy Award-winning journalist and the Director of PlanetaTierra at Telemundo Network, has dedicated her career to bringing environmental issues to the forefront of media discourse. Hauc’s storytelling prowess has illuminated the impacts of climate change on communities around the world, making her a powerful advocate for environmental awareness. As the Director of PlanetaTierra, she extends her influence, shaping the narrative around sustainability and climate action. Her work not only informs but also inspires change by showcasing the intersection of environmental issues and human stories. Through her impactful storytelling, Hauc fosters a deeper connection between audiences and the planet, reinforcing the idea that media plays a vital role in steering society towards a more sustainable and conscientious future.

Seema Wadhwa

Seema Wadhwa: Leading Environmental Stewardship at Kaiser Permanente
Seema Wadhwa serves as the Executive Director of Environmental Stewardship at Kaiser Permanente, where she has pioneered initiatives that integrate health and environmental sustainability. Her work exemplifies the vital connection between a healthy environment and community well-being. Wadhwa’s leadership has been recognized by Time as one of the 100 most influential leaders driving businesses to climate action. Her work at Kaiser Permanente extends beyond traditional healthcare boundaries, recognizing the role of environmental factors in determining public health outcomes as well as core issues of health equity and justice. Seema Wadhwa’s commitment to environmental stewardship reflects a broader ethos of fostering healthier, more resilient communities for generations to come.

Alexandria Villaseñor

Alexandria Villaseñor: Youth Climate Activist and Global Voice
At the young age of 13, Alexandria Villaseñor emerged as a global force in youth climate activism. Inspired by her personal experience with the California wildfires, Villaseñor co-founded the U.S. Youth Climate Strike movement and then founded Earth Uprising International, a youth-led organization dedicated to mobilizing young people for climate action. Her commitment to raising awareness on the urgency of climate change has made her a prominent voice on the international stage. Now at the age of 18, Villaseñor is looking forward to voting for the first time. She encourages fellow young activists to engage in the political process and advocates for leaders who prioritize bold and immediate climate action. Alexandria Villaseñor’s unwavering dedication to the planet and her call for political accountability resonate as a powerful force driving change at the intersection of youth activism and environmental justice.

As we celebrate Women’s History Month, let’s acknowledge and appreciate the pivotal role that women play in the climate movement. Their passion, expertise, and dedication are driving forces behind the push for a sustainable future. As the upcoming election looms large, the influence of women in shaping climate policies cannot be underestimated. By recognizing and supporting these women, we empower not only them but also the collective voice advocating for a healthier, more sustainable planet. As voters, let’s ensure our choices reflect a commitment to environmental stewardship and a future that prioritizes the well-being of our planet.

Ashley Lane
Director, Network Activation

About the Author 
Ashley Lane, Director of Network Activation for ecoAmerica, plays a pivotal role in mobilizing and expanding the reach of the organization’s environmental initiatives.

About ecoAmerica
ecoAmerica is a nonprofit moving society toward climate solutions by inspiring and empowering trusted national health, faith, and civic institutions and their millions of stakeholders across America visibly act and advocate. ecoAmerica programs include Climate for Health, Blessed Tomorrow, and Path to Positive, and the One Home One Future and Climate Rx campaigns. ecoAmerica.org

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