“The question is, why are we having less food?…Why are we having too much floods? Why is the drought becoming too much? What can I do? Because I have no other source of energy. I only have firewood. And this means I have to cut down trees for me to get fire. So, what is the solution?… So, from these questions, then we have a dialogue with them and we start opening up their minds that you have other solutions that you can use towards mitigating these effects… We are doing positive empowerment… that allows you to think through the challenges you’re facing, think through the possible solutions to solve your challenge, and then think through the available resources that you have around you.”
Rosemary Atieno on Electric Ladies Podcast
This International Women’s Day, we want to highlight local female climate activists in Africa who are quietly transforming their communities and empowering local women by helping them find eco-conscious solutions to daily challenges.
Listen to Rosemary Atieno, of Women’s Climate Centers International and Community Mobilization for Positive empowerment (COMPE), explain how she and her colleagues are doing it. Her stories in this enlightening interview with Electric Ladies host Joan Michelson will inspire you. (Electric Ladies was formerly known as Green Connections Radio.)
- About the kinds of daily challenges they face – things we take for granted.
- How WCCI and COMPE are transforming rural communities through sustainable solutions.
- How the men in these women’s lives evolve in the process of watching their women learn and grow.
- Why getting these women even small loans makes all the difference in their ability to find creative and eco-conscious solutions that make their lives better in myriad ways – including education.
- Plus, insightful career advice.
And much more!
“In your career, delete what is distracting you and download what you require to get you there. And it requires a lot of persistence.…You must be disciplined in what you do so that you’re able to move the career path that you want to move to. Look at the people around you. Are they having the same vision like you so that you are able to think in the same line, you are able to support each other to achieve the dream that you really wanted? Then I always say, you must have a role model, a person you’re really looking up to a person you can go to for advice.” Rosemary Atieno on Electric Ladies podcast
Read Joan’s Forbes article here.
You’ll also want to listen to (some of these are under the name Green Connections Radio):
- Lara Ramdin, Chief Innovation Officer, Dole Sunshine Company
- Michele Wucker, thought leaders and author of “You Are What You Risk: The New Art & Science to Navigating an Uncertain World.”
- Robin Currey, Professor of Sustainable Food Systems at Prescott College.
- Jackie Roberts, AppHarvest, on their massive sustainable indoor farm
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