Climate change, like poverty, is not gender neutral

Women are at the forefront of the ecological crisis -- they are hit the hardest. Meanwhile, yet again, the government of Poland fails to address the problem.

Ada Petriczko
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Why this story matters:

Climate change is an indisputable threat to peace, global health, water and food security. But in dealing with it, environmentalism must go hand in hand with feminism. Because whether it's a drought, a landslide, a flood or a hurricane -- it affects the underprivileged the most.   

And 60% among the chronically hungry worldwide are women and girls.

In a poignant commentary for "Wysokie Obcasy" magazine, Paulina Milewska explains how climate change amplifies existing gender inequalities. However, the relationship between environmentalism and feminism has another level. As UNDP stressed in its 2011 Human Development Report:

“Because women often show more concern for the environment, support pro-environmental policies and vote for pro-environmental leaders, their greater involvement in politics and in non-governmental organizations could result in environmental gains.”

Meanwhile in Poland, where the CO2 emissions are among the highest in Europe, the government still ignores the urgency of the climate crisis. Recently, Poland blocked the proposal to reduce EU net carbon emissions to zero by 2050. In Brussels, PM Mateusz Morawiecki proudly announced that he defended the interests of the country and its entrepreneurs.

What he fails to acknowledge are the interests of the young people who demonstrate worldwide in defense of social justice and climate action. To them, prosperity is no longer synonymous with economic growth. They are ready to live more modestly within limited resources.

Is the government too out of touch with reality to notice this fundamental shift?

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