Earth Day is about protecting and celebrating our environment, so the Climate Action Team of the Democrats Abroad Global Women's Caucus is curating a list of virtual events as well as encouraging you to Get Out And ____!
Please join us in celebrating Earth Day safely from wherever you are!
DA Global Women's Caucus Leadership:
Letter from the Editor
If the last year has taught us anything, it is that humans are just as resilient as Spring’s first blooms after a long and dark winter. While we admire those first sprouts of crocus petals waving their vibrant colors proudly, let us emerge from this past season strong and ready for action, too. Our GWC has a lot going on!
We have a host of events this month in honor of Sexual Assault Awareness Month, a new GWC Initiative: Women’s Economic Wellbeing and Leadership, as well as Earth Day. While women and women’s issues are finally getting their deserved attention, our Action Teams are also busy preparing campaigns to warrant you the title of "Activist". Scroll down for important updates, insightful articles on the filibuster and the American Rescue Plan, and make sure to take our March Newsletter quiz! Lastly, we would love your participation in our #MyStoryGWC campaign, where you can connect with other members through shared stories, to highlight the issues most important to us.
We hope you enjoy this edition and we look forward to seeing you at our events!
Stayce Camparo, Communications Co-Chair Global Women’s Caucus
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On December 5th, Senator Tina Smith (NM) shared on Twitter that she was in favor of removing the filibuster, in an attempt “to move this country forward.” With previous convictions over using the filibuster to protect voting rights, civil rights, and women’s health, she took an abrupt turn stating, “it’s been a highly effective tool to thwart the will of the people.”
The filibuster, a congressional tool requiring a supermajority of 60 votes in the Senate, was mistakenly created to protect minority representation. For example, the filibuster in its ideal form looks something like this:
Wildfires in Australia. Wildfires in California. The Amazon burned to make way for cattle grazing. Pledges to plant a billion trees. Carbon offsetting by protecting forests. The planet’s forests have become ground zero for climate impacts and climate action.
In honor of Earth Week 2021, The Climate Action Team and Democrats Abroad Spain are hosting “Our Forests and Our Climate: an Earth Week Guided Discussion” with Daniel James, newly elected chair of DA Spain.
Daniel has decades of expertise in forest management and environmental policy, working on the Hill, for the US Forest service, and most recently, as Acting Deputy Under Secretary and senior advisor for Natural Resources and Environment at USDA.
Date: April 21, 2021
Time: 6:00 PM CET/12 PM EST
This is a virtual event; RSVP for the link
We hope you will attend to learn more about the connection between forests and climate change, and the importance of protecting and preserving forests to the planet. We want you to be inspired to take action!
Here are some suggested watchings/readings to introduce you to the subject and spark some questions.
Submit your questions in advance to [email protected]! Please use the subject line “Climate and Forests”.
Daniel James was recently elected chair for DA Spain. He served 34 years in public service and retired from USDA in 2019. His last role was Acting Deputy Under Secretary and senior advisor for Natural Resources and Environment. In that role Daniel led the NRE Mission area which included the US Forest Service, and for a period Natural Resource Conservation Service and Gulf Coast Restoration work.
He was appointed Associate Chief of the Forest Service in July 2016. Prior to this appointment, Daniel, served in many leadership positions, including:
- Regional Forester of the Rocky Mountain Region;
- Deputy Regional Forester in the Pacific Southwest Region; Forest Supervisor of the Santa Fe National Forest;
- District Ranger on the Salt Lake Ranger District of the Uinta-Wasatch-Cache National Forest;
- District Ranger on the South Park Ranger District of the Pike and San Isabel National Forest, Comanche, and Cimarron National Grasslands;
- Director of Communications and Legislative Affairs of the Intermountain Region, National Press Officer in Washington, D.C.;
- and aide to the United States Senator Ben Nighthorse Campbell of Colorado when he was in the US House of Representatives.
He represented USDA on the National Advisory Council for Historic Preservation, National Wildland Fire Leadership Council and also served on the Board for the Sierra Conservancy and the National Leadership Council for the National Forest Foundation.
Daniel earned a bachelor’s degree from Colorado State University and a Master’s degree from Regis University of Denver. He and his partner Aaron live in Barcelona, Spain.
Don’t forget that The Climate Action Team has curated this list of virtual Earth Day events - there is something to fit every time zone and every age group.
We are pleased to announce that the next Books Abroad, Feminist Reading Group pick is "The House of Mirth" by Edith Wharton!