Your DGB for today is to learn about how climate change is a feminist issue. We’ve asked you to march, now we’re asking you to consider marching in your local People’s Climate March under the twin banners of environmentalism and women’s empowerment. Make your protest sign do the talking for you, tweet your concerns, and/or give your Members of Congress an earful.
Women, especially in developing nations, are often uniquely vulnerable to the effects of climate change for a wide range of reasons. For instance, because of their role in caregiving, women are often the last to leave an area in the grip of a climate change-related natural disaster, and therefore are more likely to die. Women in some communities may not have access to education that could help them combat the effects of drought on crops and livestock, which are traditionally their responsibility. On top of all this, our current administration represents a perfect storm for these women. Trump’s agenda simultaneously looks to slash foreign aid- including programs aimed at empowering women in developing nations, cut off access to family planning for those women via the “global gag rule,” and defund climate change science.
We have to stand up for our sisters in other lands. Once again, women bear the brunt of catastrophic policies, but we’re not going to take it any longer.