As we welcome in the Spring here in the Northern Hemisphere, we recognize that Winter has left us with a lot to take stock of:
From this week’s IPCC report—offering both warnings on the dangers of fossil fuels, and also a blueprint to change course—to the outrageous approval of the destructive Willow oil drilling project in Alaska, to the devastating train derailment and toxic spill in East Palestine, OH, it’s no surprise if many of us are feeling heavy and disheartened.
That’s why this month, we’re grateful for connection and community.
Here at WEA, every week begins with a Team meeting. A theme that emerged this week was a deep and abiding gratitude for this community and the care and compassion that sustains and carries us—and the earth—through these heavy moments.
We see that same care and compassion echoing throughout the WEA community.
On March 8th, we celebrated International Women’s Day and the transformative power of grassroots women-led solutions to create global impact. We also asked you to tell us how you are stepping forward, in ways big or small, to protect our earth and our communities—and your responses were awesome! From working on a forestry crew to writing a children’s science book to running advocacy campaigns—YOU are how we know our collective ripples of action and care are reaching further and further.
Below, you’ll find even more examples of the care and compassion it takes to get us through these times—how WEA Leaders are coming together across communities, countries, and regions, partnering to bring their urgently needed solutions to life; how they are rising to protect Alaska and East Palestine, OH; and how YOU can be a part of it.
So in the face of all that is heavy, or in transition, or rebirthing with the Spring, here’s what we know: Together, we have everything we need to meet this moment on this planet.
Amira, Melinda, and Kahea
P.S. Reunited, and it feels so good! From New York, California, Bali and South Africa, our team couldn’t have been happier for the chance to spend time together IRL. As we always say: each time we gather, the world changes!
In WEA’s latest WEAvings Newsletter, you’ll find:
- A link to an episode of The Unlimited Nonprofit, in which WEA Co-Directors Kahea Pacheo, Amira Diamond, and Melinda Kramer discuss WEA's co-director leadership model
- A feature on WEA's growing Hutan Komunal (Communal Forest) Program in Indonesia
- A link to WEA Leader Alyssa Carpenter's video on the aftermath of the train derailment in East Palestine
- Recent program launches and updates
- And more!
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