Giving Compass’ Take:
• Women and girls disproportionately suffer from the effects of the climate crisis due to issues of access to education and resources, particularly in developing countries. A school for girls would provide a way to educate women about the global climate crisis and build agency to gain understanding and take necessary action.
• How can donors specifically incorporate the needs of women and girls in addressing climate change issues?
• Learn more about why educated women are the answer to climate change.
If you really want to tackle the climate emergency, there’s one simple but often forgotten essential: throw your weight behind schools for girls, and ensure adult women can rely on the chance of an education.
Obviously, in a world of differences, some people can do more to tackle the climate crisis than others. So it’s essential to recognise how much neglected potential exists among nearly half the human race.
But there’s a snag, and it’s a massive one: the women and girls who can do so much to avert global heating reaching disastrous levels need to be able to exercise their right to education.
Bold claims? Project Drawdown is a group of researchers who believe that stopping global heating is possible, with solutions that exist today. To do this, they say, we must work together to achieve drawdown, the point when greenhouse gas levels in the atmosphere start to decline.
Yet, the group finds, girls and women suffer disproportionately from climate breakdown, and failures in access to education worsen this problem.
But given more power and say in how we adapt to and try to prevent global heating, the female half of humankind could make disproportionally positive contributions, the project says.
Using UN data, it suggests that educating girls could result in a reduction in greenhouse gas emissions of 51.48 gigatonnes by 2050. The UN Environment Programme says that total greenhouse gas emissions had reached a record high of 55.3 gigatonnes in 2018.
Read the full article about helping girls during the climate crisis by Alex Kirby at Eco-Business.
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