Osprey Orielle Lake


Osprey Orielle Lake Osprey Orielle Lake is the Founder and Executive Director of Women’s Earth & Climate Action Network, International (WECAN). She works nationally and internationally with grassroots, Indigenous and business leaders, policy-makers and scientists to promote climate justice, resilient communities, and a just transition to a clean energy future. Osprey is Co-chair of International Advocacy for the Global Alliance for the Rights of Nature and the visionary behind the International Women's Earth and Climate Summit, which brought together 100 women leaders from around the world to draft and implement a Women's Climate Action Agenda. She teaches international climate trainings and directs WECAN’s advocacy work in areas such as Women for Forests, Rights of Nature and UN Forums. She has served on the board of the Praxis Peace Institute and on the Steering Committee for The UN Women’s Major Group for the Rio+20 Earth Summit. Awards include the National Women’s History Project Honoree, Taking The Lead To Save Our Planet, and the Woman Of The Year Outstanding Achievement Award from the California Federation Of Business And Professional Women.  Osprey is the author of the award-winning book, “Uprisings for the Earth: Reconnecting Culture with Nature.”

The Women’s Earth and Climate Action Network (WECAN) engages women grassroots activists, Indigenous and business leaders, scientists, policy makers, farmers, academics and culture-shapers in collaboration for climate justice efforts. Our goal is to stop the escalation of climate change and environmental and community degradation, while accelerating the implementation of sustainability solutions through women’s empowerment, partnerships, hands-on trainings, advocacy campaigns, and political, economic, social and environmental action.
WECAN is dedicated to climate justice and to protecting and defending the earth’s ecosystems and biodiversity and all future generations. Trainings and policy actions include reconnecting with the nature and understanding the vital importance of living within the earth’s carrying capacity.

Osprey Orielle Lake is the author of the award-winning book, Uprisings For The Earth: Reconnecting Culture with Nature.

Endorsements for the book include:

“Uprisings for the Earth creates new, vibrant ground that holds within it keys to finding our way to a meaningful and vital relationship with the natural world in modern civilization. Osprey Orielle Lake’s unique, personal, and inspiring perspective on current and historical events makes us proud to be human as we search for self-responsibility and renewal while defying apathy and cynicism. Her book presents a philosophy that is both rich in nature poetics and filled with good sense. Within compelling and dynamic verse, Lake makes a call to discover and uphold what she has named an ‘Earth etiquette.’ This is a call we need to answer, and Lake makes us thrilled to do it.”
Riane Eisler, author The Chalice and The Blade and The Real Wealth of Nations.

"Seeing both the peril and the promise of this moment in time, Osprey Orielle Lake brings us stories infused with her passion for life. Like winds off the mountains, they renew our energy and summon our will to rise up together for the sake of Earth."
~ Joanna Macy, author World as Lover, World as Self.

Uprisings for the Earth delves into a new kinship with nature while acknowledging the treasures of urban life and the unique stake each person has in resolving critical and timely challenges. While avoiding doomsday scenarios, Lake offers a frank inquiry into a variety of causes leading to our current global peril while also providing a deep well of hope and profound insight.
Osprey Orielle Lake Bronze Sculptures  
“I believe that the more clearly we can focus our attention on the wonders of the universe about us, the less taste we shall have for destruction”.     
      --Rachel Carson     

What people see and experience on a daily basis in their communities influences societal direction and cultural well-being. In our modern time, with the earth’s population living primarily in cities, it becomes more difficult to focus on the natural environment and people are more susceptible to a sense of disconnection from nature. This sense of separation from the natural world, of which we are most essentially a part, can cause a great deal of imbalance and isolation.  
Nature-themed art can be a bridge, reminding us of the vital relationship we have to our living planet, and the importance of celebrating and protecting our Earth’s wonder, beauty and bountiful gifts.  Embracing our connection to the natural world and each other is crucial to our efforts in designing and creating sustainable living models.  It is through this connection that we have an opportunity to look at our cities  and communities more enjoyably and responsibly, with an invitation to welcome ecological sustainability, education and neighborliness.  
Osprey Orielle Lake; “I believe one way we can change our communities and the way we live is by encouraging and exploring a new narrative. The outer landscape of our world will change particularly as we transform our inner landscape -- our cultural and individual story. This is why I work with public statues and smaller size artworks for the home, to spark a cultural transformation from the inside out.  For this, a new narrative is needed, one that is based on respecting and honoring our shared living Earth and all the Earth’s people.  
 “My inspiration for my bronze sculptures and international monument projects came to me over many years of exploring how to bring attention to our living earth. By introducing images that celebrate cultural diversity and nature to homes, offices,and cities around the world, I hope to encourage people to think about a compassionate future and our responsibility to care for our home planet.”