The 1 million women founder Natalie Isaacs

Brief – 2 November 2009 – The 1 Million Women campaign has teamed up with the Total Environment Centre and its Green Capital sustainability arm to launch a national forum series called “Women in Climate Change”.

Launching with a breakfast event in Sydney on 20 November, when the Senate will debate the fate of the Rudd Government’s Carbon Pollution Reduction Scheme legislation, the series will go around Australia and will culminate in Canberra before the next World Environment Day on 5 June next year.

In Brisbane there will be a lunch on 24 November and in Melbourne there will be a breakfast on 3 December, just ahead of the two-week UN climate summit in Copenhagen.

The forums, supported by a grant from the Australian Government through its Women’s Leadership and Development Program, will “explore the role of gender for Australia’s climate crisis, recognising both the need for behaviour change and the power of women in driving demand for solutions-related products, services and programs,” ,a TEC media statement said.

“They will include representatives of many Australian women’s organisations, leading women drawn from politics, business, the public service, faith communities, the arts, science, community, the media and other fields. There are a number of complimentary seats available to women community representatives, and businesses are being invited to support the initiative by purchasing corporate seats and tables.

Women in Climate Change is about empowering women to find their voice on global warming, take an advocacy role and the challenges of helping to lead society towards long-term behaviour change. It reflects a broader need to start segmenting the market to drive ever more action on cutting CO2 pollution, and adapting to inevitable climate change impacts.

See www.1millionwomen.com.au and www.greencapital.org.au for more.