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Women and the Environment Conference!

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Leila Salazar-López

Executive Director

Amazon Watch

Oakland

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What key words best describe your hope for the future?

Women's leadership, indigenous wisdom, climate justice, regeneration, reforestation, just transition

Describe what are you working on in the field of climate change, environmental protection, environmental justice or social impact.

As Executive Director of Amazon Watch, Leila leads the organization in its mission to protect the Amazon rainforest and the global climate by advocating for the rights and territories of indigenous peoples from the Amazon to California. We focus on local to global solidarity, corporate accountability and international communications campaigns to amplify the calls of indigenous peoples of the Amazon. We work to permanently protect the Sacred Headwaters of the Amazon, 60 million acres, by supporting indigenous-led proposals to protect rights, territories and the climate by keeping these sacred natural areas free from industrial extraction. We are currently seeking support for a newly launched campaign to End Amazon Crude because over 60% of Amazon crude is coming directly to California refineries in Los Angeles and the Bay Area. The State of California has the opportunity to position itself as a climate leader by eliminating this toxic fuel source out of our tanks and continue to encourage a just transition to renewable energy. While this is our work at Amazon Watch, it is tied to the global movement to keep fossil fuels in the ground for true climate justice.

How might other W&E conference attendees be able to support your work, goals or objectives?

Attendees can support our work in the following ways:
-Invest in our organization so we can hire a grassroots campaigner to organize across California and continue our research so we can engage with companies and the policymakers at the state and local levels.
-Connect us to women advocates and donors who are committed to the protection and defense of Mother Earth
-Connect us to policymakers in Sacramento who can champion this cause and campaign.

What are you able and willing to contribute to other attendees at the conference to support their work, goals or objectives?

I am a natural bridge-builder and am happy to connect conference attendees with allies in our networks. I have over 20 years of grassroots and international campaigning experience (that started while I was a student at UCSB) and can be a resource on strategy and communications. Lastly, I'm a mother of two small girls living in San Francisco and can share my experience as a woman, mother and activist working to protect our beautiful planet for our future generations.

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