The first New York Women’s Conference for Sustainability takes place this weekend, 27th-29th March, starting at 6:30pm tonight. The conference aims to provide those attending with knowledge, information and inspiration to act on important issues such as climate change and take action to make communities more sustainable places to live rather than simply being aware of the environmental problems that exist.
The conference, hosted by WISE, Women’s Initiatives for a Sustainable Earth, welcomes men, women and children to come along and learn more about making a difference to the world we live in, however director or WISE, Dorothy Reilly, explains the reasons for focusing on the role women can play,
“Women control 85% of consumer spending, and are caretakers of their homes and communities; WISE is launching this conference because we feel that helping women collaborate in their communities and across the state will be a powerful way to energise action toward climate stability.”
Speakers from a variety of grass roots organisations are scheduled to talk at the event over the course of the weekend, including Sarah Newkirk, the Director of Coastal Conservation at The Nature Conservancy on Long Island, Ann Goodman, Executive Director at the Women’s Network for a Sustainable Future (WNSF), and Rachel Harris, U.S. Climate Change Campaign Coordinator at the Women’s Environment and Development Organisation (WEDO).
Full details of the programme and how to attend are available through the website.