Women in the world – Interview with Carmen Capriles

Women in the world – IWECI Summit delegate series

Featuring the 100 women attending the International Women’s Earth and Climate Summit along with Natalie Isaacs, 1MW CEO and Founder, in New York from September 20-23.

Carmen Capriles is the founder and coordinator of Reacción Climática, a non-profit organization formed to advance the participation of the youth of Bolivia in finding solutions to climate change.

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Carmen Capriles, Mountain Illimani, La Paz.

Describe yourself in 3 words?

Nature lover, convince and committed.

Tell us a little about the work you do and what you are doing at present?

I am the founder and coordinator in Reacción Climática, a volunteer organization created with the aim to help raise awareness between the population about the impacts of climate change in the country and how to face them, analyzing and trying to find small local ways to reduce our impact.

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Women’s workshop.

I also work in technical assistance for small farmers were I train them in productive activities like beekeeping, irrigation and small horticulture in order to manage a wide range of other alternatives focus on food security and that may help them generate some extra income.

What inspires you?

My main source of inspiration is nature. Bolivia is a bio-diverse country that goes from the snowed peeks of the Andes mountain range to the Amazonian jungles, and between you can find endless ecosystems that hold all kinds of living forms within, but most of these species are facing a big hazard. Many of them will not survive this decade, and most of them will not survive this century! Therefore, I have a strong commitment to being part of the fight against the environmental and social problems that are causing these threats.

What are you most looking forward to about the 100 Women and Earth Climate Summit?
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Connect the dots campaign.

I hope that the IWECI Summit will be a first step to build a worldwide women´s climatic movement that helps find solutions to the environmental and climatic crisis and the big challenges that the planet is facing. I believe there is a great need to analyze the problems and find holistic as well as long term solutions at local as well as global levels. It will also be a great chance to share experiences from all over the world and see how local solutions are put in practice that can contribute to reach another kind of development.

Do you have a message or a tip for our 1 Million Women community about how to live with the least impact on the planet?

Empowering women is a key factor to reduce the negative impacts in the planet; therefore the biggest challenge we have is to ensure that more women can access education, health and information in order to find solutions to the main crisis we are facing today as well as an equitable distribution of resources that would help achieve sustainable development.

  • 250_carmenA bit more: Carmen Capriles is also an environmental activist and campaign coordinator for 350.org in Bolivia. Capriles earned her degree in Agricultural Engineering with a specialty in Sustainable Development and Agro-ecology from the University of San Andres in La Paz, Bolivia. Her thesis titled: “The Role of Women in Natural Resources Management in the Community El Tigre” received great accolades from academia and won an award with honorable mention. Capriles has over 10 years of work experience as a consultant in Climate Change and Environmental Advocacy for national NGOs as well as International Cooperation and has organized over 20 campaigns for raising awareness about the environment, biodiversity, and climate change.
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