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WEA Leaders join Jane Goodall in an activist roundtable discussion

Mark your calendars! Tomorrow (Wednesday, Sept. 22) at 8:30am PT / 11:30am ET, Rose Wamalwa (Founder of WWANC, and WEA East Africa Director), and Farwiza Farhan (Founder of HAkA, Indonesia Design Team and WEA Leadership Board member), will join host Jane Goodall and fellow climate activists for a roundtable discussion on the protection, restoration and planting of trees as a tangible…

WEA partners with Jane Goodall to protect forests and our future

We’re thrilled to announce that we’ve been selected as a forest protection partner by Trees for Jane! Founded by Dr. Jane Goodall and Jeff Horowitz, Trees for Jane is a new campaign launching TODAY to shine a light on the work being done to protect and restore our world’s forests.  Protecting our forests means protecting our future. Community livelihoods and…

World WEAver Indigenous Fire Ecology: Meet Edward (Redbird) Willie

Edward (Redbird) Willie is a native ecologist with many years’ experience teaching Traditional Ecological Knowledge, fire ecology, permaculture, and ancestral skills to people of all ages. Also an artist (drawing, painting, and sculpture), he has in recent years been a core organizer of the annual Buckeye Gathering, a gathering in support of ancestral arts. He…

These Indigenous women are organizing a movement to stop a deadly pipeline

Water Walk in opposition to the Mountain Valley Pipeline, May 2021. Video: Mothers Out Front. When Desirée Shelley moved from Maryland to a rural valley near Roanoke, Virginia in 2017, she knew plans were underway to build a methane pipeline that would pass just eight miles from her house. But Desirée thought she and her…

Summer Edition of the WEAvings Newsletter: An age-old care economy

Read the latest WEAvings Newsletter Today Dear Friends, For generations, women around the world have birthed children and movements, nurtured families and the earth, stewarded communities and natural resources. They have built an age-old care economy anchored in health, safety and sustainability to ensure the collective resilience of both people and planet in the face of some…

Building resilience in the Maasai community

There are no communities in the world immune from the impacts of climate change and COVID-19. For members of the Maasai community in Kenya, these compounding crises have exacerbated the burden placed on women by existing inequitable systems and norms, particularly in regions where accessing food, fuel, or safe water (a responsibility held primarily by…

Reconnecting Indigenous youth to their forest roots

“Honestly when I first joined WEA, I was very insecure standing with all the amazing women from all around Indonesia who have been doing incredible work with their communities. I learned a lot from all of you. Meeting you all is my turning point.” – Sumarni, 2019 Indonesia Accelerator Alumni As women leaders from across Indonesia deepen…

Indigenous Leaders Walk to Protect Water

Photo credit: Crystal Cavalier-Keck On Sunday, May 2, 2021, over 90 teams of walkers, runners, cyclists, and paddlers participated in a Water Walk from Virginia to North Caroline to protect local water sources and sacred sites from the Mountain Valley Pipeline (MVP). Organized by an Indigenous-led coalition of grassroots organizations and activists-including U.S. Accelerator Alumni…

For the mothers who care for us all

Today is a very special Mother’s Day. Many of us are able to safely spend the day with our mothers after more than a year of separation; many of us will continue to honor our mother’s from afar. In the last year, the WEA Team welcomed two beautiful babies to our family (shout-out to mom’s Arielle…

Spring Edition of the WEAvings Newsletter: When women are safe

Read the latest WEAvings Newsletter Today Dear Friends, We’ve experienced the full spectrum of the human experience this month. We felt the solidarity of International Women’s Day as we gathered with many of you to plant trees and build the momentum of women led tree-growing efforts. We celebrated Women’s History Month and honored the legacy of generations…