Women, are you endangered by climate change?

by ChaiEl on April 3, 2018 - 10:50am

The article “Climate change ‘impacts women more than men’ by Mary Halton has for purpose to demonstrate how consequences due to global climate change can differ depending on gender. The dominant cause is simply justified as women are the principal caregivers, leading their immune system to be more vulnerable when major changes occur on our ecosystem. The article asserts that 80% of the people affected by climate change are women, not to say that in regions of Africa where there is native groups, women are more at risk as they have a valuable roles within the society. For instance, in periods where there is low rainfall which lasts longer now due to changes in our ecosystem such as global warming, women are working harder to provide food and to collect water for the community.The author also addresses the global problem by asserting that women are more prone to experience destitution and even more to recover from it as men hold most to of the socioeconomic power.

Furthermore, Harton gives an example of the aggravated issue by comparing it to Hurricane Katrina that occurred in 2005 and how badly it affected African American women residing in New Orleans. The author further mentions how the emergency team taking care of the housing had limited amount of sanitary products for women sheltered and how the disaster increased violence such as rape and sexual assaults towards the females living in Louisiana. Halton goes on to address how during the tsunami in 2004, the number of women surviving was very low compared to men. Being that, women were then saving children and other close members lives while losing valuable time for their own. However, these unfortunate catastrophes don’t justify the impact of humans on climate change. As a result to the events, a potable solution to the problem as to include more women in the policy and planning on the climate change field has been employed. As a final point, only 30% of women hold a voice in the governmental organisation working on the national and global climate sector, Isn’t it ironic how a fight for survival for our specie still doesn’t involve half of its world population?

Opinion: I chose this article because I’ve never heard about natural disasters affecting more a group of specie because of their gender and thought it would be quite interesting to make some research about it. Turns out, a recent article has been published on the effects it can have on women. I do not have any “scientific” knowledge on the matter, therefore I do believe that women are more impacted by certain changes in our ecosystem. For example, when women are exposed to flooding or drought in impoverished regions where they have a primary role, like explained in the article about indigenous African people. I believe this article would be interesting for several students as it is recent research that talks about events that occurred in our time.

Link to the article: http://www.bbc.com/news/science-environment-43294221?intlink_from_url=ht...


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