Women Making Waves: Join the Better World Series For An Evening With Female Eco-Leaders

LoaTree invites you to attend the Mujeres y Climate Justice gathering, a panel featuring national leaders representing women at the front lines of climate justice. This event is part of our Better World Series project, an ongoing movement that strives to profile changemakers, build community, and inspire action for the purpose of building a better world. The five “Waves” we will be covering over the duration of 2017 include Environmental Psychology (February-March), Mujeres y Climate Justice (April-May), Peace Out, Plastics! (June-July), Sustainable Agriculture (August-September), and Art as Activism (October-November).

The Mujeres y Climate Justice Wave follows our first event on Ecopsychology held in March. This sold out evening featuring Dr. Renee Lertzman focused on how the Santa Barbara community can address and navigate emotions that arise from difficult conversations regarding the environment.

Our second Wave focuses on empowering female changemakers who are taking strides for climate justice. Climate justice is an intersectional idea that recognizes ties between environmental, racial, social, and economic inequities. It accounts for the concerns and opinions of the least-represented and most vulnerable populations affected by climate change. The esteemed panelists of this Wave were chosen for their passion in acknowledging, activating, and advocating for these populations. These women include Leila Salazar-Lopez of Amazon Watch, Maricela Morales of CAUSE, and Osprey Orielle Lake of WECAN. Together, they will discuss the unique strategies and tactics being to resist environmental degradation, including those used by indigenous and native communities against multinational corporations.

Leila Salazar-Lopez, Executive Director at Amazon Watch, has over 20 years of experience diligently sustaining the world’s rainforests through grassroots organizing and international advocacy campaigning. Since joining Amazon Watch in 2015, she has led the organization in its work to protect and defend the bio-cultural and climate integrity by advancing indigenous peoples’ rights, territories, and solutions. Before joining Amazon Watch, she worked with a multitude of impactful climate justice organizations, including Rainforest Action Network, Global Exchange, and Green Corps. Currently, she is focused on a major campaign to end Amazon oil drilling.


Maricela Morales, Executive Director at CAUSE since 2001, utilizes grassroots power for social, economic, and environmental justice for the California central coast region through policy research, leadership development, and community organizing. She stands out for her incredible work as the first Latina elected to the Port Hueneme City Council in 2002, and her advancement to the city’s first Latina Mayor in 2007. Her commitment to work collaboratively on issues of local, regional, and state concern has been recognized by the California Association of Leadership Programs, National Women’s Political Caucus of Ventura County, Pacific Coast Business Times 40 Under 40, Soroptomist Club of Oxnard, and the Ventura County Leadership Academy.

Osprey Orielle Lake, Founder and Executive Director of Women’s Earth & Climate Action Network (WECAN), is an international leader who works to connect grassroots, indigenous, and business leaders with policy-makers and scientists to promote climate justice, resilient communities, and a just transition to a clean energy future. She recently directed the International WECAN summit, which brought together 100 female leaders from around the world to draft and implement a Women’s Climate Action Agenda. Additionally, she is an award-winning author, teaches international climate trainings, and won the Woman of the Year Outstanding Achievement Award.

This event will be moderated by Celia Alario, an avid communications strategist, facilitator, coach, spokesperson trainer and educator at UC Santa Barbara. When she’s not sharing her knowledge with her students at UCSB, Celia works with grassroots change agents, artists, academics, and journalists who share her love for social justice, planetary healing, and culture shaping. Over the last 25 years, she has collaborated on groundbreaking media campaigns, provided one-on-one coaching for Communications Directors and staffers, trained hundreds in public speaking and spokesperson skills, and published countless stories about critical social justice and environmental issues in worldwide media outlets. Most recently, she has worked with the Women and Gender Constituency of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC), The Kindle Project, Earthworks, and Amazon Watch.

Join us Tuesday, May 16th from 6-9pm at La Casa de la Raza (601 E Montecito St, Santa Barbara, CA) for a night of female-fueled inspiration. Admission is donation-based and open to all. RSVP on our Facebook page here, and order your tickets here. If you are interested in attending or representing this event, please email us at info@betterworldseries.com or alyssa@loacom.com.

Special thanks to Fielding Graduate University and the Santa Barbara Independent for sponsoring Better World Series, and thanks to Casa de la Raza and Welcome Coffee Cart for sponsoring this Wave.

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