The Role of Grandmothers in Climate Action
Thursday, September 21, 2023
12:00pm EST (GMT-4)
Join us for a webinar that explores the pivotal role of grandmothers in climate action as both activists and frontline mitigators or adapters. In this one hour session, we will delve into the unique perspectives and experiences of grandmothers who have stepped up as passionate advocates for a sustainable future. Discover how organizations drive positive change at the grassroots level, tackling environmental challenges head-on. Gain invaluable insights into their strategies, successes, and the obstacles they face, as we shed light on the indomitable power of grandmothers in shaping a greener, more resilient world.
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Deputy Chairperson of the South Durban Community Environmental Alliance
Lutchmee Perumal embarked on her journey of activism at the age of 21, when she joined her community in protesting against the use of Durban, South Africa's community roads by Mondi (a paper manufacturing company), which had resulted in the deaths of numerous school scholars. The protest ignited a passion within her to further combat marginalization within her community. For the past 26 years, she has collaborated with the South Durban Community Environmental Alliance, tirelessly striving to effect positive change in various communities. Among her notable contributions, she partnered with Professor Marika Du Toit on the Breathing Spaces project, documenting the historical struggles of people in the south Durban communities and small-scale farmers. Additionally, she actively participated in the 2003-2006 Health Study conducted by the Nelson Mandela Medical School, working under Professor Rajan Naidoo in Occupational Health.
Mrs. Perumal has been involved in a number SDCEA's pickets and protests, where she served as a vigilant monitor for any environmental disturbances caused by industrial activities.
Co-Chair of Grandmothers Act to Save the Planet
Louise Brownlee, a resident of Oakville, Ontario since 1991, made the decision to move there with her family to immerse themselves in the area's natural beauty, which includes the picturesque shores of Lake Ontario. With a degree in biology, Louise has maintained a deep engagement with climate change issues since the 1980s.
In April 2020, amid the early days of the COVID-19 pandemic, Louise became a member of GASP (Grandmothers Act to Save the Planet), an environmental organization dedicated to addressing climate emergencies and advocating for social justice. Becoming a part of this environmental sisterhood provided her with a renewed sense of hope, a strong sense of community, and a revitalized sense of purpose. Since then, Louise has participated in a number of actions including "Hands off the Greenbelt" to protect Ontario's waterways, farmland, and wetlands, the opposition to Bill 23 which was substantial threat to Ontario's democratic land use planning and the preservation of natural heritage, and protests for more sustainable transportation solutions.
Her granddaughter, Delara, was born during Covid - another reason to work towards a greener future.
Moderated by Linda Rosier
Founder, World Council
Linda is a writer and environmental activist. For over 45 years, Linda and her ‘Concept 3 Group’ partners encouraged and inspired their clients and associates to think beyond the normal course of business to include a plus for people and our environment in all their decisions and communications.
The World Council, which Linda co-founded, is an inspiring round table for higher perspective dialogue on any challenge affecting the well-being of humanity or our natural world. Its purpose is to meet each challenge in discussion by analyzing its present state, envisioning its desired state and agreeing to a course of action that will attain this desired state.