Issue 9, May 2009
|Women and the Environment: Overview|
“Women are the most vulnerable and the best poised to curb the effect of climate change.”
- Women’s Environment and Development Organization (WEDO), 2007
Women are seen in the context of global climate change in two iterations: as direct victims and as agents of change.
With both an immense stake in natural resource flows and credibility in documenting changes, women are seen as well-suited for grassroots activism in this area. Wangari Maathai, the 2004 Nobel Peace Prize winner, is an excellent example of this intersection of environment and grassroots activism – see her profile below. What is missing, many believe, is the representation of women in decision-making bodies at the national and international level, and in government regulatory and legislative bodies.
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