Climate Change

“Women often play a stronger role than men in the management of ecosystem services and food security. Hence, sustainable adaptation must focus on gender and the role of women if it is to become successful,” said U.N. Under Secretary-General and UNEP Executive Director Achim Steiner.

“Women, particularly those living in the mountainous regions in developing countries, face disproportionately high risks to their livelihoods and health from global warming,” says a U.N. report on Climate Change.

The above quotes are from an article in The Hindu this week that addresses the idea that women bear the brunt of climate change. Having never thought of climate change as being a burden that some carry more than others with respect to gender roles, I found the piece informative and direct.

I was also driven to wondering, within organizations and fields that deal with ways to handle climate change, how many employees in, say, a company of 100, or graduates within a relevant subject area, are women? Women for Women International, an international organization that is entirely female run,  encourages women to take hold of their own lives and businesses. Should such organizations not also encourage women thinking for/of women? Since it is known that climate change will disproportionately affect women, the minds behind sustainability should at least be somewhat representative of their target benefactor.

This being said, the sciences continue to be heavily male dominant and male run. How do we change this? And how do we ensure that those who need the most support are being spoken for by people with similar voices, if you will?


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