Because One Billion Rising for Justice in 2014 brought more into focus the intersectional issues of poverty, the environment, economic violence and other factors that cause and sustain the continuing violence towards women – One Billion Rising: Revolution initiatives in 2015 continued to see other movements coming together to address the issue of how climate change and environmental plunder aggravate the situation of women, especially in developing countries and in poor communities around the world. People all over the world joined the Risings in many countries to demand and end to violence against women and girls, by looking at policies that pillage, devastate and destroy the environment in the name of “development”. Development aggression, and global ecological disasters directly related to corporate expansion, capitalist greed, unending extraction, production, over consumption and waste, and how these directly affect women and girls, became the primary focus of many Risings. The global climate crisis continues to affect communities around the world, but women and girls suffer the most in terms of long term loss of livelihood, forced migration, trafficking and other climate related conflicts. Indigenous populations everywhere have also suffered gravely – displaced and forced to flee and relocate – making them the world’s first climate refugees.
Rising for Climate Justice and Mother Earth is a call for justice against the aggressive greed and global exploitation of nature and people that deepen the inequalities in wealth and power. It is a call to restore dignity, integrity and respect towards Mother Earth and to all people of the world, particularly women and girls, who have been equally violated by policies and programs that cause environmental degradation and plunder.
Examples of Risings for Climate Justice and Mother Earth:
Activists in Gambia joined forces with activists from Senegal to host a Rise for Mother Earth event where they planted fruit trees in a village to contribute to the reduction of global warming and to also contribute to household economic and food security of families negatively impacted by climate change.
One Billion rising activists danced and rose for mother earth at the 19th Annual Gathering for Mother Earth Summit, a healing event hosted by local indigenous women, to raise awareness about the threats of nuclear waste, fracking and connection between violence against women and violence committed against the environment.
The Ata Manobo tribes in Talaingod Davao del Norte lead a One Billion Rising: Revolution event in Davao. They are currently living alongside others from the the Lumad communities in the evacuation camp in Davao City. They have had to evacuate their mountains because of intense and hostile harassments by the military (AFP) who are invading the Lumad ancestral lands, and protecting the interests of the government, the capitalist business elite and multinationals.