Women's Earth Alliance

When women thrive, the Earth thrives.

Women's Earth Alliance (WEA) catalyzes women-led, grassroots solutions to protect our environment.

WEA’s signature Accelerator model provides leadership, strategy, and technical training for women leaders to scale their climate and environmental initiatives while connecting them to a global alliance of peers, mentors, and funders.

In these environmentally fragile times, WEA leaders are saving indigenous seeds, selling clean cookstoves, banning harmful toxins in their communities, saving endangered forests, launching regenerative farms, providing safe water, protecting land rights, and more.

Since 2006, WEA has

Trained over 5,000 grassroots women environmental & climate leaders

In 20 Countries

To reach over 6 million people with life-saving environmental & climate solutions

A WEA Accelerator creates results like these...

19 million lbs of carbon sequestered annually through tree planting in Kenya

50 sq km of coral reefs and 20 km of shoreline restored in Indonesia

375,000 children protected from toxic air pollution in Texas

500,000 people scaling zero-waste businesses in recycling and upcycling in Sumatra

50,000 girls & women accessing reusable sanitary pads with no taboos in India

150,000 people breathing clean air & protecting forests through adoption of clean cookstoves in Nigeria

Why Women?

We know that women are hit hardest by environmental and climate destruction. Women and girls...

Are exposed to toxic smoke and chemicals when cooking with open fires

Produce most of the world’s food yet own only a small percent of the world’s titled land

Walk dangerous   distances to carry water when sources dry up and become polluted

Miss work to care for children when disasters close schools and destroy communities

Store pollutants in body fat and pass this toxicity on to children in the womb

Are 14 times more likely to die in climate related disasters

Are 35 times more likely to be assaulted than men

From these frontlines, women are deeply invested in creating solutions that protect our bodies, our children, and future generations. Solutions that work for everyone. Solutions that last.

This is why investing in women is proven time and time again to be one of the greatest leverage points for increasing humanity’s climate resilience.

Yet women who step forward to protect our communities from environmental destruction face an uphill battle. Women are systematically unseen, under-resourced, and under-represented in decision-making. WEA bridges this harmful gap.

This is the WEA model:

Identify Women Leaders

...on the verge of scaling critical environmental & climate solutions

Equip Leaders with Skills, Tools, and Resources

... to scale their environmental & climate initiatives

Connect Networks

...to energize a global movement of women’s environmental & climate leadership

This is our theory of change. We call it the "WEA Effect":

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Take Olanike. She models the "WEA Effect" in action:

After participating in a year-long WEA training with a cohort of other African women leaders, Olanike Olugboji created her own NGO in Nigeria and began offering training to women in environmental and climate solutions. Through WEA’s ongoing investment in her leadership, Olanike went on to design a national model for long-term scaling of clean cookstove sales in Nigeria, a country where smoke-related illness is the number 3 killer of women and where the deforestation rate is one of the highest in the world.

In less than a year, Olanike trained 30 women to be entrepreneurs by launching their own successful clean cookstoves businesses. Now, because of the ripple effect of their work: over 150,000 people are utilizing clean cookstoves and breathe cleaner air, saving money, and have improved health; these 30 women have gone on to train dozens more; and the Nigerian government has adopted the entrepreneurs’ clean cookstove models and hired them to create a national training program.

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WEA women are transforming environmental crises into solutions.

Prawita Tasya Karissa

Indonesia

Using community-based and blue economy approaches with cutting edge Biorock technology to restore 50 square km of coral reefs, protect 20 km of shoreline, and build livelihoods among 40,000 people in local communities.

Beth Roach

United States

Rebuilding food security and culture for native peoples by preserving and proliferating native seed systems throughout Virginia through her organization Alliance of Native Seedkeepers, of which she is the Co-Founder.

Kalpana Ramesh

India

Protecting and restoring her city's water sources, which provides groundwater for a population of 7 million people.

We cannot wait...

In the face of environmental and climate crises, the diverse solutions that WEA women deliver are critical to our survival.

WEA has reached over 6 million people with environmental, climate, and economic solutions. In the next 5 years, we will exponentially grow our work to reach millions more.

WEA will remain a lean organization—expanding our impact and reach via strategic partnerships that allow us to activate our holistic training model, global grassroots network, and blended learning approach across ally networks.

In the next 5 years, through partnerships with global organizations like the Sierra Club (3 million members), Numi Tea (world’s largest fair trade, organic tea company on a mission to provide clean water), and URI (world’s largest interfaith grassroots network working in 104 countries to build peace and justice), we aim to exponentially grow the number of women leaders trained, environmental solutions introduced, and lives improved around the world.

This is how WEA works in partnership:

Accelerators

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We partner with organizations, institutions, and networks to design and implement Accelerators for grassroots women leaders in regions around the world. We equip cohorts of women leaders with tools, resources, and networks to strengthen and scale their environmental and climate initiatives.

Philanthropic Impact Program

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We partner with mission-driven companies and organizations to optimize philanthropic investments in environmental, social, and economic change, shaping new models for integrated sustainable development and ethical consumerism.

World WEAvers Program

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We bring people together across regions and sectors through trainings and experiences that support women’s environmental and climate solution-building. We produce and curate events, travel, workshops, retreats, and a global online forum to keep our community connected, active, and engaged.

Our Past and Current Program Partners

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Our Past and Current Funding Partners

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 CATTO SHAW FOUNDATION  -  SWIG FOUNDATION  -  ERWIN FAMILY FOUNDATION
BETSY GORDON FOUNDATION  -  CHRISTENSEN FAMILY FOUNDATION  -  RAY & DAGMAR DOLBY FAMILY FUND  -  BIJJAR FAMILY FOUNDATION - TAO FOUNDATION

Achieving gender equality and women’s empowerment is integral to each of the 17 United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) adopted by 193 countries. Only by ensuring the rights of women and girls across all the goals will we achieve justice and inclusion, economies that work for all, and a planet that thrives and supports life now and for future generations.

"Every day, Women’s Earth Alliance leaders model this most basic truth: when women are equipped with resources, agency, and support, they not only profoundly impact their local environment, but they create a ripple effect that lifts up entire countries. That’s why I’ve been a champion and Advisory Board Member of WEA since its launch over a decade ago."

- Paul Hawken, editor of Drawdown