Natalie Isaacs is far from
a traditional green role model.
Five years ago she struggled even to sort her recycling at home, while running her own niche skincare manufacturing company – operating in the cosmetics industry, one of the most wasteful sectors in the world beset by numerous ethical and environmental concerns.
Now, on November 20th, the Sydney Northern Beaches mother of four will be celebrated by the UN as the leader of one of five women's climate change initiatives – selected from hundreds around the world - to be showcased globally as 'lighthouse activities'.
Natalie is Founder of 1 Million Women, http://www.1millionwomen.com.au, an Australian-based community of tens of thousands of women and girls who are leading practical action on climate change through the way they live and the everyday choices they make as consumers.
1 Million Women is to be recognized by the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC), at a special evening event during its annual climate summit, being held this year in the Polish capital of Warsaw.
Known as Momentum for Change: Women for Results, this new UN initiative to raise global awareness of the gender dimension of climate action is supported by one of America's most famous philanthropic bodies, the Rockefeller Foundation.
The five ‘lighthouse activities’ are being filmed for the climate summit, and their identity will be announced by the UN on November 6th, 2013 (embargoed until 19:00 AEST on that day). The climate summit in Warsaw runs from November 11th to 22nd, and the main celebration for Women for Results is on November 20th.
In September 2013, Natalie was the sole Australian delegate at the invitation-only inaugural International Women’s Earth and Climate Summit in New York, which brought together 100 leading women drawn from 35 countries across the developed and developing worlds. This event, to draft a women’s agenda for global climate action, was underwritten by US billionaire businessman and philanthropist Ted Turner.
At the New York summit, 1 Million Women became a founding signatory of the International Women’s Earth and Climate Initiative Declaration Statement, which makes a comprehensive call for decisive action on addressing climate change to protect today’s and future generations, including a price on carbon and 100% renewable for new energy.
See Declaration at http://www.iweci.org/declaration
Founded in 2009, 1 Million Women has about 83,000 members around Australia, with over 47,000 followers on Facebook. It provides women with a suite of practical actions they can take to cut waste and pollution in their daily lives, across food, home energy, transport, shopping, sharing and money management.
Natalie says: ‘Women are powerful in regard to environmental change. Individually and collectively, we can implement a lot of change by how we conduct our own daily lives through simple daily choices related to our shopping, cooking, energy consumption, travel what we wear and money management. It is crucial that real behaviour change starts in developed economies like Australia. The UN is helping us by putting women front and centre in its climate change agenda.’
Contact Natalie Isaacs for further information on mobile 0400301897 or email [email protected]
1 Million Women
Founded in mid 2009, 1 Million Women has grown into one of the largest non-political women's organisations in Australia. It’s one of the largest member-based environmental charities, with over 131,000 members, 83,000+ on Facebook and over 30,000 women and girls having attended one of its events.
1 Million Women’s founding goal is to engage 1 million women to collectively cut 1 million tonnes of greenhouse gas pollution, with each member committing to cut 1 tonne from their daily lives within a year of joining the campaign.
1 Million Women website http://1millionwomen.com.au
On Twitter @1millionwomen