Discussion to Focus on Challenges and Opportunities
Teresa Heinz Kerry among the Speakers
WASHINGTON, DC – Earth Day Network (EDN) presents the workshop Climate Change: Challenges and Opportunities for Women at the AARP’s upcoming Womenvision Summit, April 12-15, in Tucson, Arizona. Speakers include Teresa Heinz Kerry, one of the nation’s leading environmental advocates, and Susan Joy Hassol, who wrote the widely acclaimed HBO documentary Too Hot Not to Handle.
“The timing and focus of this workshop is so important because of the current worldwide debate about how best to address global warming.” said Kerry. “It will take the leadership of women in government, business and throughout society to insure that climate change solutions are not only effective, but responsive, as we transition to a greener economy and a healthier environment.”
The goal of the workshop, scheduled for the afternoon of Saturday, April 14, 2007, is to discuss how participants, as consumers, investors, professionals, civic-minded citizens, and member of religious communities, can contribute to developing and promoting solutions to climate change. The workshop will also highlight the financial, employment and other opportunities for women presented by the green technology revolution that is being driven by climate change.
“This workshop represents a major step forward in educating and engaging influential leaders from two important constituencies about climate change: women and baby boomers,” said EDN President Kathleen Rogers. “Women leaders are already engaged in the new green economy and women have always been the staunchest supporters of a healthy environment, so this promises to be a highly engaging exchange of ideas and will establish a blueprint for moving forward.”
Climate Change: Challenges and Opportunities for Women is among several workshops during the first-ever Womenvision summit presented by the AARP Foundation Women’s Leadership Circle (WLC). The WLC is committed to promoting the desires of women to grow older with dignity and to enjoy financial independence while maintaining a connection to family, friends and community.
Earth Day Network, www.earthday.net, seeks to grow and diversify the environmental movement worldwide, and to mobilize it as the most effective vehicle for promoting a healthy, sustainable planet. It pursues these goals through education, politics, cultural events, and consumer activism. Current grassroots programs include the Climate Change Solutions Campaign, Campaign for Communities, and the National Civic Education Project. Earth Day Network works with more than 105,000 K-12 teachers in the United States alone. In 2006, EDN launched Earth Day Television, greatly expanding its reach to a global network of more than 15,000 partners and organizations in 174 countries. More than 500 million people participate in Earth Day civic activities, making it the largest secular civic event in the world. The 38th Earth Day will be celebrated on April 22, 2007.
The AARP Foundation is AARP’s affiliated charity. Foundation programs provide security, protection and empowerment for older persons in need. Low-income older workers receive the job training and placement they need to re-join the workforce. Free tax preparation is provided for low- and moderate-income individuals, with special attention to those 60 and older. The Foundation’s litigation staff protects the legal rights of older Americans in critical health, long-term care, consumer and employment situations. Additional programs provide information, education and services to ensure that people over 50 lead lives of independence, dignity and purpose. Foundation programs are funded by grants, tax-deductible contributions and AARP.
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