Climate Wise Women

A panel discussion
Thursday, April 8, 2010
Diana Center

The Athena Center for Leadership Studies will hosted "Climate Wise Women", a panel of grassroots activists from across the globe who spoke out about how climate change has adversely affected their communities. We were the only New York location for this international tour co-sponsored by Climate Wise Women. Her Excellency Mary Robinson, President of Ireland (1990-97) was the keynote speaker at the event. A diverse group of activists from across the globe also participated, including Constance Okollet, with Osukura United Women in Eastern Uganda who became an activist   after heavy rains destroyed the homes and food supply of her village; Ulamila Kurai Wragg, with WAVE in Raratonga, The Cook Islands, a veteran journalist who has witnessed first-hand the diverse impacts of climate change in Fiji and the Cook Islands;  Sharon Hanshaw, the Executive Director of Coastal Women for Change, which is helping to rebuild Biloxi, Mississippi following the destruction wrought by Hurricane Katrina; and Ursula Rakova, an activist from Tulele Peisa in the Carteret Islands who is helping to voluntarily relocate 1,700 neighbors, whose islands and food supply are rapidly eroding. In addition, Kim Knowlton of the National Resources Defense Council and Jean Gardner from the Parsons School of Design/The New School participated. The panel was moderated by Kathryn Kolbert, Director of the Athena Center for Leadership Studies at Barnard College.                                                                                                                                                                  

Apr. 8, 2010 (All day)