The U.S. Accelerator
The 2020 U.S. Grassroots Accelerator for Women Environmental Leaders is designed to catalyze the critical efforts of women and women-identified leaders who have stepped forward to protect our families, communities, and ecosystems from environmental and climate threats. This Accelerator supports a diverse group of women leaders from across the country to deepen their strategies for change, build powerful alliances within and across movements, and scale their solutions for environmental protection,
health, and justice.
Meet the 2019 U.S. Accelerator Leaders
This year's leaders are accelerating the impact of their existing projects in these intersectional areas and beyond:
The Accelerator is working with women environmental leaders to amplify:
Generate quantifiable impact in leaders’ projects that restore ecosystems, transform agriculture and food systems, build green economies, and protect people’s health, rights and safety
Grow public awareness and visibility for key environmental campaigns and causes via WEA’s international network.
Bolster women’s environmental leadership nationally and internationally by strengthening women’s networks, spheres of influence, and access to resources
The Accelerator includes:
Why the U.S.?
Women’s leadership in the U.S. and around the world is one of the greatest leverage points for increasing our collective climate resilience. Yet the women who step forward to prevent environmental destruction and injustice face an uphill battle. Women’s bodies and health are threatened, their work is under-resourced, and their leadership is stymied. Deep structural inequities rob these leaders of their full potential to profoundly shape our communities, our values, and the future on this planet.
Why a WEA Accelerator?
In the face of environmental crises, the diverse solutions that women environmental leaders deliver are critical to our survival. WEA’s action-oriented accelerators are designed for timely action and high impact, convening powerful groups of women leaders who are out front – fiercely protecting our water, food, air, forests, land, sacred sites, indigenous lifeways, and future generations. By investing in women leaders to scale solutions for change, we are creating the conditions for an inclusive, safe, and thriving world.