Climate justice demands democratic, community-based solutions and equitable spaces where impacted communities are at the center of the discussion. By elevating a new league of leaders, we can address the root causes of climate change while supporting solutions with the greatest chance of seeing us through to a new era of social justice and climate security.
In April 2020, Tides launched a bold initiative and new strategic investment — WE LEAD — the Women’s Environmental Leadership fund which was established to elevate, center, and resource women’s grassroots leadership on the frontlines of climate disruption in the United States.
WE LEAD promotes a shift in power and resources to those making a tangible impact on the ground, namely Black women, women of color, and indigenous women taking on big polluters with local, community-based action. Initial funding will be driven to organizations in Texas, The Ohio River Valley, and the Southwest where some of the most important and strategic climate fights are taking place in the United States.
In the summer of 2020, WE LEAD will initiate a Letter of Inquiry process and begin making grants to regions and communities where climate change is disproportionately felt and exacerbated by environmental racism, political conditions, public policy, and the unmitigated rule of the fossil fuel industry. JOIN US!