WEAvings the Blog

A tapestry of stories, solutions, and transformation.

Black Lives Matter

July 9, 2020 |

Dear Community, We hope you are taking care of yourselves and each other right now. If there is someone you’ve been meaning to check in with, please do it. The brutal killings of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, Ahmaud Arbery and countless other Black people are simply horrendous. Once again, this moment reveals what is always…

Summer Edition of the WEAvings Newsletter: We know this…

July 8, 2020 |

Read the latest WEAvings Newsletter Today Dear Friends, In a sea of unknowns, we know this: The women leaders of our global alliance are made for this moment. We are in Aceh, Indonesia, St. Louis, Missouri, and Assam, India launching food distribution programs, caring for our elders, providing clean water, creating mutual aid, and ensuring…

We were made for this.

March 26, 2020 |

To our Community and Beyond, All of us at Women’s Earth Alliance are thinking of you, your families, communities, and organizations during this time. From our home headquarters to yours, we are cheering for you—as you juggle work, home-schooling, financial stressors, staying connected to loved ones, community organizing, and remaining healthy. And for those of…

Say hello to our Spring Interns: Hi Kiya!

February 6, 2020 |

Name: Kiya Leake Role at WEA: Programs + Operations Intern Hometown: Los Angeles Fun Fact: Being on an amateur baking show is on my bucket list. I might have to move to Britain. Why did you want to intern with WEA? I wanted to be able to be surrounded by a diverse group of women…

Say hello to our Spring Interns: Hi Coco!

February 6, 2020 |

Name: Coco McCarthy Role at WEA: Programs and Operations Intern Hometown: Cupertino, CA Fun Fact: Coco is my real name, for some reason. I think it’s zesty. Why did you want to intern with WEA? I am currently a rhetoric major at UC Berkeley. While I am content in my realm of study, I would…

Say hello to our spring interns: Hi Samantha!

December 11, 2019 |

Name: Samantha Clevenger Role at WEA: Programs + Operations Intern Hometown: Pleasanton Fun Fact: I can’t ride a bike! Why did you want to intern with WEA? I currently go to Saint Mary’s College of California and am interested in possibly working for a  nonprofit in the future. I am also passionate about the environment…

Say hello to our fall interns: Hi Jade!

December 6, 2019 |

Each semester WEA has the privilege of working with a cohort of brilliant and passionate young environmental leaders who lend support, share perspectives, and bring energy to the office. This is no exception! Meet Jade, a junior at UC Berkeley and WEA’s new Programs + Operations intern. Jade brings so much dedication, skill, and kindness…

Fall Edition of the WEAvings Newsletter: 2019 US Grassroots Accelerator Launch!

November 5, 2019 |

Read the latest WEAvings Newsletter Today As we innovate, take risks, and reach for our dreams this fall season, we have been asking ourselves—What if we can’t fail? What if nurturing grassroots solutions that protect our precious earth is the very thing that will turn the tides?   We are seeing the ripple effect of…

Say hello to our fall interns: Hi, Glenna!

October 9, 2019 |

To say we are incredibly fortunate and honored to be able to work with young women leaders like Glenna Herbert is an understatement. Glenna has been supporting the development our donor stewardship program, our research, our organizational outreach, and has been providing event support with care, dedication and attention to detail. Read on to get…

Say hello to our summer interns: Hey, Madison!

August 9, 2019 |

To say we are incredibly fortunate and honored to be able to work with young women leaders like Madison is an understatement. Madison is a passionate and multi-gifted force who has jumped right in to support our growth with her dedication, professionalism, and skill in this exciting time for WEA. We are so lucky to…

WEA Voice: Olanike Olugboji

Olanike Olugboji — WEA partner and founder of Nigerian NGO WISE — was recently recognized with the Sustainability, Environment and Advocacy Award for demonstrating exceptional proficiency in Eco-Business Advocacy. Olanike is a WEA founding mother who participated in our first Women and Water Training in 2008 and has now trained over 3,000 women in clean energy, safe water technologies,…

WEA Voice: Emmanuela Shinta

In a moment of global environmental crisis, Indonesia is ground zero. In response, it is the women of Indonesia who are rising to meet these challenges — women like Emmanuela Shinta, Dayak leader, environmentalist and filmmaker from Kalimantan (Indonesian Borneo). WEA recently hosted Shinta in California, where she shared how her community and environment are profoundly impacted…

A victory for sacred site protection at the West Berkeley Shellmound

  On June 5, the City of Berkeley denied Blake Griggs/West Berkeley Investors’ application to fast-track development of a massive 260-unit project, which would desecrate the sacred West Berkeley Shellmound site (also a designated city landmark) near Fourth Street. “Ohlone people are in favor of low-income housing and are aware of the extreme housing crisis…

Women you should know

Last week, history was made as a record number of women (and women of color) were elected to office during the U.S. midterm elections. 256 women, to be exact, were candidates for the U.S. House or the U.S. Senate in the general election, and as of this past Monday, 114 have won — including the first Native American and…

Beyond the Violence on the Land, Violence on our Bodies report

  The Shedding Light on Environmental Violence Initiative shows us that what happens to the land, happens to our bodies. Chrissy Swain, a leader featured in our Violence on the Land, Violence on our Bodies report, shares her experience of mercury poisoning caused by pollution from a paper mill near the Asubpeeschoseewagong (Grassy Narrows) First Nation reserve in…

India Ripple Academy Learning Lab: Applications Open

Applications for the India Ripple Academy Learning Lab are still open and the deadline to apply is July 31st. The Learning Lab is a 2-month program that will launch in Rishikesh, India with a training intensive from September 14-16, 2018. The Ripple Academy Learning Lab is a unique opportunity for women environmental leaders in India…

The Ripple Academy Sets Sail

Dear Earth Allies, We’ve set sail for the next chapter! This Fall, thirty women from throughout India will gather in Rishikesh, India to kick off the Ripple Academy. Along with our partner, URI, and our global design team, we’ve developed the first in a series of Ripple Academy “Learning Labs” in different regions — 2-month…

WEA stands with Run4Salmon

This summer, WEA was deeply honored to once again stand with Chief Caleen Sisk of the Winnemem Wintu Tribe, and Corrina Gould of the Confederated Villages of Lisjan and Sogorea Te’ Land Trust, in support of the Run4Salmon. These tireless women leaders have led this prayerful journey for the past 3 years, calling us all…

URI’s Ripple Academy

In early September, 30 women environmental leaders from throughout India began their journey with WEA and URI’s Ripple Academy. Join us in Rishikesh and meet these leaders as we began sharing knowledge, skills and growing their networks for support and action. Videography by Storyloom Films and editing/production by Johnny Schroeder.

Water filters arrive in the Tonganagaon tea community

We’ve got water filters! A few years ago, most families in the Tonganagaon community in Assam were among the 76 million people in India without access to a safe water supply. Many suffered from waterborne illnesses often leading to loss of work or schooling and expensive doctor bills. Thanks to Numi Organic Tea’s commitment to…