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Women focus on what unites us. Women in Climate leverages that superpower by facilitating cross-sector collaboration. © G. Garland Lewis

Climate Change Stories

Women in Climate

How a diverse coalition of leaders is driving inclusive, collaborative, and innovative solutions to climate change built on intersectional equity.

When we say women, we mean all women—transgender, cisgender, straight, queer—all of whom bring unique experiences and perspectives to this conversation.

Women in Climate logo.

To save the planet, climate solutions need to be more inclusive, collaborative, and innovative. That’s where women come in.

As part of TNC’s comprehensive climate strategy, Women in Climate is uniting women from all backgrounds to solve the climate crisis. We do this through innovation labs, facilitated networks, and policy workshops. 

Women in Climate Webinar (56:17) Hear from Women in Climate co-leads Stephanie Holthaus and Kristie Giannetto, and network member Taylor Mayes.

Women are fighting for the environment in every sector—as scientists, legislators, tribal leaders, CEOs—and leading major victories for our planet.

Women offer powerful skills and perspectives that can shift the dynamic of the climate conversation and open new opportunities for collaboration. We believe that applying women’s leadership to the issues surrounding climate change will provide a platform for innovative thought, collaborative discussions and much needed action.

Women leaders played a critical role in negotiating the Paris Agreement and continue to drive ambitious climate action in cities, businesses and NGOs around the world. Women make up more than half the world’s population and are often disproportionately impacted by climate change. Their leadership and participation are, therefore, critical in solving this global crisis. 

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From the Ground Up Right now, the greatest momentum in solutions comes from people who are facing every day challenges due to climate change. In many places, that means women. © Ian Shive

Our goal is to create the space for women to innovate and collaborate in a way that only women can.

Impactful, Strategic and Innovative

Sara E. Mhyre of the Rowan Institute called the 2018  Innovation Lab, "the most impactful, strategic, innovative, and emotional experience I have had as a scientific leader." Read More

We seek nothing less than transformative change that slashes greenhouse gas emissions and enables communities worldwide to deal with the impacts of a more volatile climate. To catalyze this change, we have hosted high-level, multiday summits, bringing together business, tribal, scientific, political, nonprofit and social justice leaders. Facilitated by inspirational speakers and professional moderators, these gatherings provide space for women to brainstorm innovative climate change solutions, devise plans to implement them, and forge new alliances to socialize and replicate them in other geographies.

Innovations labs are fluid and can be adjusted according to the group convened. Here, real solutions focused on intersectionality, climate policy and natural climate solution are developed and vetted for advancement. 

The first Women in Climate innovation lab took place in 2018 in Seattle. 

More than 60 women leaders primarily from Alaska, Hawai‘i, Oregon, and Washington, to generate and accelerate solutions for climate change. 

Women on Climate (2:33) From the Women on Climate Summit, October 2018.

In 2019, we held the second and third Women in Climate innovation labs, drawing female and non-binary leaders from Connecticut and Alaska working within industry, social justice, science, academia and politics to advance climate solutions.

In 2020 and 2021, due to concerns around Covid-19, we adapted our event to a virtual series and focused on the need for equitable climate solutions. 

In the fall of 2022, Women in Climate will convene women leaders from the U.S. fishing industry to work on issues surrounding the ever-changing impacts of climate change. 

Nearly half of the world’s population—3 billion people—depends on fish as a source of protein. Yet around 85 percent of commercially harvested fishery stocks are at their breaking point, with too few fish to harvest. As waters continue to warm and acidify due to climate change, fish populations around the world are declining and migrating in unexpected ways.

Our 2022 innovation summit will unite women leaders working in the U.S. fishing industry to advance intersectional, collaborative solutions to challenges in the industry caused by climate change. 

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Collaboration Women in Climate demonstrates new ways of working across diverse sectors for greater impact. © TNC
Several people sit across from each other on outdoor benches and have a discussion at the Women in Climate conference.
Lifting Each Other Up Our events encourage women to do what we do best: Engage in respectful, authentic dialogue so we can bring our whole selves for whole solutions. © G. Garland Lewis

Beyond events, Women in Climate participants stay activated with a diverse network to share resources and inspiration.

Women in Climate hosts a global network of practitioners who act as a resource to each other and to external entities working on climate change. Our current work is to develop ways to leverage the network for high impact climate solutions.

We know that women can uncover solutions that we have yet to imagine. Women in Climate is the catalyst of a movement: women engaging more women, innovation inspiring further creativity, and a network of expanding support for women everywhere to take action on this great challenge.

Women in Climate Needs More Voices

A groundswell of women rising to tackle climate change is critical to solving this global crisis. Contact us to find out how you can support this work or learn more about joining the network.