Building a Better World: Women and Climate Justice

September 23-25, 2021 | Agnes Scott College | Decatur, Georgia 

Agnes Scott College’s second annual Women’s Global Leadership Conference will convene internationally recognized scholars, private sector experts, political leaders, and community activists to engage in intentional conversations, form innovative partnerships for addressing climate injustice, and develop creative strategies for building more resilient communities.

Women frequently bear the brunt of the social violence, political instability, and environmental degradation caused by climate change but at the same time, they are also important change agents in the transition to a more sustainable and just future. With the “Building a Better World” conference Agnes Scott combines its strong commitment to sustainability and its innovative SUMMIT global learning and leadership experience to address the full range of climate-justice experiences of women and other marginalized identities. 

If you registered for the 2021 event, you can access the session recordings through your event hub.

We want to thank our sponsors:

This year’s conference has been made possible thanks to generous contributions from the following supporters:

The James T. and Ella Rather Kirk Fund

Ayse I. Carden Alumnae in Residence Program

Wilson Fund for Political Science and Social Science Research 

Margaret VanDeman Blackmon ’63 Fund for Women’s Leadership

Mildred Rutherford Mell Lecture Fund

Nancy P. Groseclose Visiting Scholars Fund

Nelle Chamlee Howard Fund

Bertha (B) Merrill Holt ’38 and W. Clary Holt Leadership Lecture Series

Addie J. Bowden Endowment Fund for Women’s Leadership

WGLC Day of Advocacy and Action!

The Day of Advocacy and Action is a chance for conference participants and members of the Agnes Scott College community to come together to only make a difference through advocacy workshops.

Conference community, join us for our virtual workshops September 25th.

Building Strong Collaborations

Opening Keynote Session

Agnes Scott College announces the keynote speakers for the opening session at the Building a Better World: Women and Climate Justice conference on September 23-24, 2021. Register now to join us as Wanjira Mathai and Pat Mitchell set the stage in a conversation about global women’s leadership for climate action.

Establishing Leadership in Challenging Times

Fourth Keynote Session

Agnes Scott is announcing another exciting keynote speaker in the lineup for day two of the Building a Better World:  Women and Climate Justice conference, taking place September 23-24, 2021. Dr. Cecilia Martinez will bring the most recent news about national climate leadership from Washington, DC. – including her firsthand report on the recommendations recently submitted by the White House Environmental Justice Advisory Council.

Inspiring Community Action

Third Keynote Session

Agnes Scott College announces the keynote speakers of the morning session on day two of the Building a Better World:  Women and Climate Justice conference, taking place September 23-24, 2021. The All We Can Save Project co-founder, Katharine Wilkinson, will lead a conversation with three young voices  – Seva Gandhi, Leah Trotman, and Wanjiku “Wawa” Gatheru – exploring the analysis of climate impacts along with future solutions that are possible for women leaders around the world.

Call to Action

Closing Session

In our final gathering, experienced climate justice advocates will reflect on the message of the conference but more importantly, respond to what they have heard with a call to action for moving forward. The call to action will prioritize how everyone can take what has been learned about Women and Climate Justice and work together to Build a Better World.