This month, political activism turns its focus to science, with people in cities across the United States expected to hit the streets for the March for Science and the People's Climate March. Building off the momentum of their recent Women4Climate conference, one organization is seeking to ensure women's voices are heard loud and clear in discussions of climate change issues, starting with planned marches calling for more science-informed policy. To help ensure women are represented at the upcoming March for Science and People's Climate March, the C40 Cities Climate Leadership Group has rolled out a series of protest signs celebrating women's role in combating climate change.
According to reports from both the United Nations and the Global Gender and Climate Alliance (GGCA), women are more vulnerable than men to the effects of climate change because they make up a majority of the world's poor, are often dependent on natural resources, and are more likely to be at home when climate change disasters strike. But women have also been active organizers and participants in initiatives aimed at combating climate change, which is why C40 argues it's crucial to ensure their involvement in discussions about the issue.
"All around the world, in city halls, corporate boardrooms and on the streets of our cities women are demanding action to protect the planet from the threat of climate change," C40 Chair and Mayor of Paris Anne Hidalgo told Women4Climate conference attendees in March.
In an effort to bring the Women4Climate movement to the streets of cities all across the United States, C40 has released a series of printable posters for use at the upcoming March for Science and the People's Climate March. Thousands of people are expected to participate in the March for Science on April 22 in Washington, D.C. (or one of the sister marches planned in more than 500 cities nationwide). The following week, organizers behind the People's Climate March will seek to show "the world and our leaders that we will resist attacks on our people, our communities, and our planet" with marches all across the country.
You can bring the Women4Climate movement to your city's streets and boost women's voices in the fight to tackle climate change by downloading any or all of the posters here.
As a group created and led by more than 80 cities around the globe, the C40 Cities Climate Leadership Group is focused on tackling climate change through urban action to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and climate risk. C40 is an official partner of the March of Science. The group is also a part of the People's Climate March's Women for Climate Justice contingent.