Tuesday, November 10, 2009

Is Climate Change a Feminist Issue?

OF COURSE! Women are more affected by Climate Change then men, because they make up the majority of the world's poor. However, linking population control to climate change is not the only thing that links climate change to feminist issues, as an article in yesterday’s Guardian pointed out.

It notes, “everyone stands to suffer if climate change is allowed to spiral out of control, of course, but a gender analysis of both the impacts and causes of climate change shows that globally women contribute less to the problem and yet are likely to be hit especially hard.” The world’s poor are the first impacted by climate change and women are 70% of the world’s poor. However, this issue is not limited to the developing world. A study by the Swedish government found that the levels of women's and men's energy consumption was significantly different confirming that men have better accessibility to resources then women.

Want to know more? Get involved with the Women & the Environment campaign with Feminist Majority Foundation! More information can be found at http://www.feminist.org/global/womenclimatechange.html.

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