Mothers Out Front Receives 2019 UN Global Climate Action Award - Press Release

Anne Roach, Mothers Out Front: [email protected]


(Boston, Massachusetts: September 26, 2019) - Mothers Out Front proudly announces today that it is the recipient of the 2019 United Nations Global Climate Action Award: Women for Results. These awards help to shine a light on some of the most practical examples of what people across the globe are doing to combat climate change. Mothers Out Front was the only recipient in the United States. 

“We are profoundly grateful to receive this recognition from the United Nations,” said Kelsey Wirth, Mothers Out Front co-founder and chair. “Each day our mothers wake up determined to protect their children from the growing threat of the climate crisis. We know that we have until 2030 to cut carbon emissions by half. We will only accomplish this if decision-makers begin to take bold action on climate. This is a question of justice — for our children, and for those communities currently suffering the impacts of climate injustices.” 

The announcement of the award winners comes shortly after the UN Climate Summit in New York,  convened by UN Secretary-General António Guterres, and in parallel with Climate Week NYC.

“The recipients of the UN Global Climate Action Awards are leaders from communities, governments, businesses, and organizations, and they are from all corners of the globe and all levels of society,” said Niclas Svenningsen, Manager of the UN Climate Change Global Climate Action Programme. “It is crucial we celebrate all actors who are leading the way. Their award-winning initiatives send a strong political signal to all nations — and through their leadership and creativity, we see essential change.”

Mothers Out Front uses a deep community organizing approach to empower mothers to step into active leadership roles within community-based teams, providing the structure, training, support, and tools they need to develop and win community and statewide campaigns of their own choosing. Founded in the Boston area in 2013, it has grown to have 47 community-based teams in nine states. Teams of mothers work towards getting clean energy legislation passed, stopping the construction of new fossil fuel infrastructure, and addressing current health and safety issues linked to climate change and fossil fuel activity.

Mothers Out Front members around the country are currently working to: 

  • Build opportunities for clean energy and transportation through our electric school bus campaign and other initiatives.
  • Work with communities on the frontlines of fossil fuel and climate change impacts. These are disproportionately communities of color whose health and livelihoods are harmed by industry practices, flooding, and other extreme weather events.
  • Shut down fossil fuel infrastructure and stopping the expansion of new infrastructure with our Beyond Gas Campaign.

The UN Global Climate Action Awards are spearheaded by the Momentum for Change initiative at UN Climate Change. The projects are recognized as innovative solutions that not only address climate change but also help drive forward progress on many other sustainable development goals, for example, innovation, gender equality, and economic opportunity. 

“This year, we had over 670 applications from all over the world ranging from local governments, global companies, grassroots development initiatives, and multi-million dollar impact investment projects,” said Gabrielle Ginér, Chair of the Momentum for Change Advisory Panel. “This year’s winning activities are amazing examples of innovative, scalable, and replicable climate action. We hope they will inspire others as we look to tackle one of society’s biggest challenges.”






Background from UN Climate Change’s Momentum for Change Initiative: 

A full press release relating to the announcement is available here

The 15 award-winning projects fall within four focus areas: Planetary Health, Climate Neutral Now, Women for Results, and Financing for Climate Friendly Investment. All activities will be showcased at a series of special events during the second week of the UN Climate Change Conference (COP25) in Santiago, Chile (2-13 December 2018).


Additional assets: 

  • Photos, fact sheets, and other digital assets are available for download from this Trello board
  • Read more about the UN’s Momentum for Change Initiative here


For more information, please contact:

Sarah Marchildon, UN Climate Change

Team Lead, Momentum for Change

[email protected] 

+49 (0) 228 815 1065 


Neneh Darwin, UN Climate Change

Communications, Momentum for Change

[email protected] 

+49 1516 350 4355 | +61 401256 617 (for Whatsapp)


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  • Sarah Simon
    commented 2019-09-27 09:07:16 -0400
    This is fabulous!
    so great to hear that the world knows MothersOutFront is making change!!