Reflection from Chief Segura: Women’s History Month

The fight to save our planet requires unity, a paradigm shift from an extractive economy to a generative one, and the collective efforts of all. Despite facing persistent gender inequalities, women are at the forefront of this crucial battle. Women and girls worldwide have shown remarkable courage, resilience, and effectiveness in responding to crises and working towards a more sustainable future for all.

To tackle climate change and its impacts, we must recognize and value women's contributions, and empower them with the resources they demand and the opportunities they will need. We must also acknowledge that women are disproportionately affected by climate change and extreme heat in many ways. Thus, women in leadership authentically promote community and climate resilience by fiercely defending their families and children, even before they protect themselves. We must invest in women's leadership to win the climate solutions we need. It promotes not only gender equality in a world that has been very dismissive of its essential contributions to climate, but also economic development for families worldwide.

A call to action for Women's History Month: First, identify five women leaders in the climate justice or environmental justice spheres. Then, publicly and personally thank a woman who defends our climate and environment in your sphere. This is easy to do on social media! Let us unite and support women both globally and locally in Los Angeles, leading the way toward a healthier and more peaceful planet for all.

Video: Gender, Climate Justice and Transformative Pathways (IPCC)

International Women’s Day (March 8): Standing with all women and girls at the heart of climate justice (United Nations, Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights)