“Women are effective leaders, critical problem solvers, and passionate champions for the strong and sustainable future we all want.” Latoya Cantrell, Mayor of New Orleans
C40 is an international network of cities working to fight climate change. The C40 Women4Climate Mentorship Program matches mayors, business leaders, educators, and nonprofit partners with young women in order to inspire and lift up the next generation of climate leaders.
New Orleans Mayor LaToya Cantrell is proud to launch the first Women4Climate Mentorship Program in the U.S., after 10 other cities around the world have launched their successful programs. The City of New Orleans’ Office of Resilience and Sustainability, in partnership with the Greater New Orleans Foundation, are committed to fostering and supporting the next generation of women climate leaders.
Women leaders played a critical role in negotiating the Paris Climate Agreement and continue to drive ambitious climate action in cities, businesses and nonprofits around the world. Women make up more than half the world’s population, and are often disproportionately impacted by climate change. Their leadership and participation is therefore critical in solving this global crisis. Each woman selected for the program will engage in collective sessions with mentors and receive training that enhances communication and advocacy skills, addresses barriers, and inspires deeper engagement with climate change.
WHY NEW ORLEANS
For New Orleans, climate change caused by global warming is not a future scenario, but a current reality. Our region already faces many challenges caused or worsened by climate change due to our unique geography, such as sea level rise and increased intensity of weather events that are expected to accelerate coastal land loss. We know that these impacts hit our most vulnerable communities, including communities of color and indigenous communities, the hardest. In recent years, New Orleans has emerged as a leader in climate resilience planning, and we have joined the growing global movement of mayors seeking to curb the worst effects of global warming. Cities are uniquely poised for leadership on climate change, in part because cities, especially coastal cities like New Orleans, are among the first to feel its effects, and in part because cities have fundamental commitments to citizen safety, local economic development, and quality of life.
Mentors in New Orleans’ Women4Climate program will share their knowledge and experiences, supporting the mentees to become powerful leaders in climate-related fields, including politics, nonprofits, business, media, and community groups. Local Women4Climate mentees will learn how to support the implementation of the City of New Orleans’ Climate Action Strategy, which aims to cut greenhouse gases in half by 2030, through activities related to energy, waste, transportation and culture / workforce.
Applicants for the Women4Climate mentorship program must demonstrate ongoing commitment to or interest in climate action in cities and innovative projects or approaches in the area of business, activism / community impact, STEAM (Science, Tech, Engineering, Art or Math) or Education. (Current or future projects are eligible.) Projects should involve the citizens and communities of New Orleans wherever possible. The goals of the project can be global, but they need to be related to climate action at the local level. Click here for further information about application criteria.
Please refer to the guidelines attached to support your application.
For application questions, or if you are interested in becoming a Mentor for the program, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.