We did it! 2009 in review

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Dear friends,

You are amazing.

Thanks to you, 2009 was a banner year for Women’s Earth Alliance. With a week left in 2009, we had raised 75% of our $100,000 match. By New Year’s Eve we had raised $120,000. In just six weeks, 135 donors stepped forward to make this possible.
Here’s a fun slideshow of the year that changed everything. Below is just a glimpse…

In 2009, WEA…

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… supported fifteen teams of African women to launch viable water projects in seven African nations through the Global Women’s Water Initiative;


… convened international experts with leading Indian women farmers and organizations;


… coordinated pro bono services for indigenous environmental justice campaigns in North America;




… grew with more supporters, new goals, a larger budget, a new home, and an expanded online presence;


… and met and exceeded the $100,000 match by $20,000 in 6 weeks!

See more faces and places from 2009:

Thank you for being the wind at our backs. 2010 is going to rock.

With joy,

The Women’s Earth Alliance Team

Victory for Earth and Community in the Navajo Nation

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This week, an administrative law judge for the Department of Interior issued an historic decision revoking Peabody Coal Company’s permit for its Black Mesa and Kayenta coal mines, effecting a precedent-setting victory in the decades-long struggle for environmental justice on Black Mesa. The decision also signals that while the Obama Administration still has its work cut out for it, it has nevertheless departed from the Bush Administration’s wholesale support for fossil fuel based projects — the December 2008 Black Mesa permit was one of Bush’s many 11th hour dirty energy permits.

Judge Holt ruled that because the Department of Interior’s Office of Surface Mining (OSM) failed to issue a supplemental Draft Environmental Impact Statement on the project, after Peabody revised its plans for the project, OSM’s Final Environmental Impact Statement did not comply with the law. The judge thereby revoked the 2008 permit, which was based on the faulty Final EIS, and remanded it to OSM for revision. 

Wahleah Johns, the co-director of Black Mesa Water Coalition — a Women’s Earth Alliance project partner — spoke to the significance of the decision. “As a community member of Black Mesa I am grateful for Judge Holt’s decision. For 40 years our sacred homelands and people have borne the brunt of coal mining impacts, from relocation to depletion of our only drinking water source. This ruling is an important step towards restorative justice for Indigenous communities who have suffered at the hands of multinational companies like Peabody Energy. This decision is also precedent-setting for all other communities who struggle with the complexities of NEPA laws and OSM procedures in regards to environmental protection.” 

The decision is only part of the larger effort towards healing, for land and communities. Wahleah reminds us that “we also cannot ignore that irreversible damage of coal mining industries continues on the land, water, air, people and all living things.” 

Women’s Earth Alliance honors the tireless work of women like Wahleah Johns and her Navajo and Hopi colleagues, whose persistence in advocating for environmental sanctity and cultural sovereignty yields game-changing successes like this decision.


We are over half way there!
Last month we shared that a very generous donor has offered to match every dollar donated to Women’s Earth Alliance up to $100,000.  And they will every year for the next three years!
As of today you have contributed $65,000 towards this incredible match opportunity.  We are overwhelmed by your support and feel so grateful for all that you’re doing for WEA, for the women we serve and for our planet earth.
If you have not yet donated to WEA, this is the time!

Work we believe in (A letter from Paul Hawken and Julia Butterfly Hill)

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Dear Friends, 

As you know, Women’s Earth Alliance has a $100,000 match on the table. This morning Amira and Melinda told us that they are 75% there.  As WEA Advisors and donors, we see this as a tremendous moment for this world-class organization. 

If you haven’t already (which many of you have!), we invite you to include Women’s Earth Alliance in your year-end contributions.  There has never been a better time to step in and support their work because your donation will be matched dollar-for-dollar. 

When supported with the tools they need, grassroots women leaders are an unstoppable force.
Solome from Uganda is a perfect example.  She works with grandmothers who are left to care for as many as 12 grandchildren because their parents have died from HIV/AIDS.  Through her work with WEA and the Global Women’s Water Initiative, she has taught grandmothers throughout her region how to bring clean water to their families using rainwater harvesting techniques. Hundreds of people in this community now have access to a safe, hope-filled future. 

Here are the ways for you to participate in inspired giving to WEA:
1. Make a one-time contribution or a 3-year pledge today. Gifts of any size make a huge difference.
2. Buy a WEA Gift Card for a loved one. (Here’s a video to tell you how.)
3. Join the WEA Giving Circle by making a three-year pledge (which will be matched dollar-for-dollar each year)
Thank you for being a part of the WEA family and helping us reach this unprecedented dollar-for-dollar match.

With joy,

Paul Hawken and Julia Butterfly Hill

Feed two birds with one seed this season


We shared with you here the exciting news about a very generous donor’s offer to Women’s Earth Alliance.  Every donation to Women’s Earth Alliance before December 31, 2009 will be matched dollar for dollar up to $100,000.
We are happy to report that we are 70% there!  With just $30,000 more to go, we are so close to reaching our goal and maximizing this golden opportunity.

If you are thinking about donating, this is the time!  Are you also shopping for gifts for friends and family?
You can feed two birds with one seed with Weaving the Worlds Gift Cards!


Women’s Earth Alliance coordinates resources, technology and training for women leaders on the frontlines of the world’s climate change crisis.  When supported with the tools they need — grassroots women leaders are an unstoppable force!

Solome from Uganda is a perfect example.  She works with grandmothers who are left to care for as many as 12 grandchildren because their parents have died from HIV/AIDS.  Through her work with WEA, she has taught grandmothers throughout her region how to bring clean water to their families using rainwater harvesting.
We hope you’ll help us celebrate her success, and the promise of grassroots women leaders rising to solve the world’s problems one village at a time, by donating this season.

Donate today!