Register today – Feminist Resistance: Militarism and Climate Change

On Wednesday 6 October, join WILPF Sections from around the world for a panel discussion on the interconnections between militarism and climate change, and explore feminist solutions for sustainable peace and justice. 

This webinar has been organised by WILPF’s Environment Working Group in the lead up to the UN Climate Change Conference (COP26) which is due to be held in Glasgow, Scotland in November 2021.

Moderated by Katrin Geyer of Reaching Critical Will, WILPF’s disarmament programme, the webinar will feature speakers from WILPF Sections in Canada, Sweden, Zimbabwe, Germany, and Norway who will each share perspectives on the issues from their region and feminist solutions to the militarism and climate change nexus.

You’re invited to join the conversation! Register for free today for “Feminist Resistance: Militarism and Climate Change.”

    • What: Webinar entitled “Feminist Resistance: Militarism and Climate Change.”
    • When: 06 October 2021 at 4 p.m. CEST
    • Who: Margrethe Kvam (WILPF Norway and International Board Vice-President), Tamara Lorincz (WILPF Canada), Edwick Madzimure (President WILPF Zimbabwe), Ida Arneson (WILPF Sweden), Heidi Meinzolt (WILPF Germany and Europe Regional Representative, WILPF International Board) 

Feminist Resistance: Militarism and Climate Change is taking place on the road to COP26, as WILPF and other civil society organisations, activists, and governments around the world prepare for the critical and much-anticipated UN Climate Change Conference. Despite an increase in awareness around the climate crisis, the role of militarism in the climate emergency is still severely overlooked or even wilfully ignored. 

For example, if the US military were a country, its fuel usage alone would make it the 47th largest emitter of greenhouse gases in the world. Yet, whilst national governments are legally required to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, the military’s “carbon bootprint” is not a mandatory reporting requirement by the United Nations Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC). The military’s contribution to climate change lacks transparency, making it hard to quantify and even harder to hold to public account.

This webinar will raise awareness about this connection and address the role of militarism as a root cause of climate change. By hearing from panellists with diverse experiences from regions across the world, it will also highlight and celebrate the potential of climate action, feminism, and peace to provide solutions. 

A history of activism on gender, peace and the environment

WILPF believes that peace, gender, and the environment are interconnected. It is very simple: there can be no peace if there is no gender equality and environmental justice. 

WILPF has a long history of environmental care. The environment was a topic of concern to many of our founding members – such as Elin Wägner, who stated in 1915 that “Everything that disturbs nature’s self-activity must be removed or we too”. In Emily Green Balch’s address to Congress in 1924, she raised the link between corporate interests and war related to the extraction of natural resources. 

In more recent years, WILPF has more formally turned its attention to issues of environmental degradation and climate change within its work, incorporating these concerns into its resolutions and attending numerous COPs and international conferences over the years.

Today, as the recent IPCC report has made the world strikingly aware that the current rate of climate change is a ‘code red for humanity’, WILPF is working to highlight and raise awareness on the neglected links between militarism and ecological degradation. WILPF strives to build a future of peace and human security through divestment, disarmament, and demilitarisation efforts. 

Be part of the movement for change 

Whether you’re currently involved with WILPF or you’re just learning about us, you can help build a future of sustainable feminist peace by joining the conversation on 06 October. 

At this free webinar, you will gain a global perspective on the adverse impacts of militarism on the planet and learn about feminist solutions to climate change, connect with other peace activists and find out how you can take further action. 

Don’t forget to register. We look forward to seeing you there!