Structuring an Economy For People and Planet During Covid-19

May 28, 2020 @ 11:00 am – 12:30 pm
Online Event


Please be invited to WECAN’s upcoming webinar, “Structuring an Economy for People and Planet in the Time of Climate Crisis and COVID-19”. During the webinar, women and feminists from different regions of the world will unite to discuss alternative economies that counteract extractive economic systems, colonization, racism, and patriarchy— and instead visibilize women’s labor, center Indigenous knowledge, and prioritize people and planet. There could not be a more important time to ensure we do not go back to business as usual.

Please be welcome to join and share – Registration is required, details are down below!

“Structuring an Economy for People and Planet in the Time of Climate Crisis and COVID-19”
Thursday May 28 at 11:00am PST/ 2:00pm EST USA Time
Please check your own time zone to coordinate!

Speakers include:
— Melina Laboucan-Massimo (Lubicon Cree First Nation), Programs Director, Indigenous Climate Action

— Ruth Nyambura, Kenyan Activist with African Ecofeminist Collective

— Dr. Julia Kim, Program Director, Gross National Happiness (GNH) Centre Bhutan

— Cindy Wiesner, Executive Director, Grassroots Global Justice Alliance

— Ellen Brown, Attorney and Founder of the Public Banking Institute

— Rauna Kuokkanen (Sápmi) Research Professor of Arctic Indigenous Studies at the University of Lapland, Finland

— Comments and moderation by Osprey Orielle Lake, Executive Director Women’s Earth and Climate Action Network (WECAN)

As unemployment severely rises, food and housing are under further threat, oil prices plummet, and some governments insist on bailing out the fossil fuel sector and other destructive industries instead of people and nature— the COVID-19 pandemic has laid bare the severe cracks in our global economic system. Rooted in neo-liberal capitalism, the current economic system is set to continue to rapaciously extract resources from the Earth and drive the dual crises of climate chaos and pandemics, while exploiting the labor of people worldwide to line the pockets of wealthy CEOs, fossil fuel companies and other large corporations. As we see disaster capitalism play out in real time, we must disrupt the system and call for a regenerative, rights-based economy that prioritizes communities and nature.

An integral part of the fight for climate justice is rejecting false market-driven “solutions.” This includes the effort to expose and dismantle the roots of the extractivist economy that is inextricably intertwined with the patriarchal system that has been exploiting women and the environment for centuries. Women are on the frontlines of the climate crisis and the COVID-19 pandemic, making up 70% of healthcare workers worldwide and the majority of unpaid care workers who bear the brunt of a broken economic system.

We are calling for a transition from a colonial paradigm of “exploit and extract” to a regenerative, globally-conscious one of “respect and restore.” What is needed now is an investment in alternative economic models predicated on community-led solutions, Indigenous knowledge, and ancient concepts of reciprocity with the Earth and all living beings. Already there are Indigenous economies to learn from and an emergence of socially just, place-based, caring economic models that are structuring a path forward. Learn more here:

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