Women & Environments International Magazine

Biannual Canadian journal examing women in their natural and social environments from a feminist viewpoint.

Articles from No. 74/75, Spring

Address to 30th Anniversary of Women and Environments International Magazine on May 18, 2006
Dear Colleagues, Friends and Guests,A warm welcome to you all. I have greetings for you from all my colleagues at the Women and Gender Studies Institute.I am grateful to the organizers for including me in this fantastic celebration. Behind every event,...
A Huge Challenge and a Narrow Discourse
Ain't No Space for Gender in Climate Change Policy?Why Gender In Climate Change Policymaking?Humanity faces a huge challenge limiting the consequences of our behaviour and adapting to changing conditions of life: global warming and climate change signal,...
Announcements
WUF 3, - A Women's PerspectiveStilt no childcare! And this was World Urban Forum 3, (WUF 3), 2006, in Vancouver, Canada! May be it is a reflection of the current Canadian government's anti-child care policies. Only the World Urban Forum in 1996 in Istanbul...
Beyond Mothering Earth - Ecological Citizenship and the Politics of Care
Beyond Mothering Earth - Ecological Citizenship and the Politics of Care Sherilyn MacGregor UBC Press, pp 286, CAD 22.00Reviewed by Reggie ModlichBeyond Mothering Earth provides a feminist analysis of existing ecofeminist and environmentalist theories...
Calendar
2007 World Social ForumThe 2007 Forum brings the world to Africa. Activists, social movements, networks, coalitions and other progressive forces from Asia-Pacific, Latin America, the Caribbean, North America. Europe and all corners of the African continent...
Chant Down Climate Change
Do you sing along to music? Have you ever listened to a song so many times that you knew every word? Even if it has been years since you heard that song, you would probably recall most of the lyrics once the music began. Lyrics we hear repeatedly, like...
Climate Change and Canada
An Untapped Opportunity to Advance Gender Equality?This year marks a period of reflection on Canada's action on climate change. A change in federal leadership and a planned review of national programmes provides a window of opportunity to recraft a path...
Climate Justice and Nigerian Women's Gift to Humanity
In 1999, Nigerian women led a remarkable global initiative to halt Shell's massive, dangerous burning of natural gas. The coordinated, international action and its aftermath suggest tactics that, if adopted more generally today, promise to deliver success...
Energy Sovereignty and Climate Change
The October 2006 Abuja DeclarationThe Abjua Declaration marks a new beginning for people's control over economies. It calls for democratic control over energy. It identifies the dangers inherent in oil and gas development. It targets Big Oil as the perpetrator...
Gender and Drought Hazards in the Rangelands of the Great Horn of Africa
Is Gender Equity the Only Solution?Droughts are frequent and widespread in the Greater Horn of Africa and are the most injurious climatic hazard that devastates livelihoods. Today, about 200 million people live with this age old, but intensifying phenomenon...
Gendered Struggles for the Commons
Food Sovereignty, Tree-Planting and Climate ChangeThe negative effect on the atmosphere of emissions produced by the burning of fossil fuels is wellknown. Less well-known, however, is the detrimental impact of deforestation. According to the November...
Global Climate Change and Women's Health
For the first twenty years that climate change garnered international attention, gender issues were not on the agenda - although women (1) are generally poorer than men, and (2) are more dependent than men on primary resources (e.g. agriculture) that...
I Am A Dangerous Woman
I am a dangerous womanCarrying neither bombs nor babiesFlowers or molotov cocktailI confound all your reason, theory, realismBecause I will neither lie in your ditchesNor dig your ditches for youNor join your armed struggleFor bigger and better ditches.I...
Japanese Women's Roles in Climate Change Mitigation
An Industrialized Country's PerspectiveThe climate change debate led by agreements such as the Kyoto Protocol and United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCC) concentrates more on the scientific and technological means to mitigate climate...
Livelihoods and Adaptation in the Mekong Wetlands, Laos
Wetland resources of the Mekong River are critical in the lives of the people of southern Laos. This study focused on Sompoi and Intee villages in Attapeu Province, one of the poorest provinces in the country. Villagers sustain their families through...
Managing Climate Change at Home
Identifying Coping Strategies Within Rural Agricultural Households in KenyaAs Alvina Kimande begins her trek to the canal for water, she notices a group of dragonflies diving towards the land. Seeing one of the many trusted signs that the rains are on...
Mud Maps
Artwork of an Aboriginal Australian Woman Inspires Action on Climate ChangeIntroductionDr Pamela Croft is an artist and member of the Kooma clan of the Uralarai people in South West Queensland, Australia. In the interview that follows, she discusses...
Selected Print Resources on Women, Gender and Climate Change
Aguilar, Lorena. (no date) Climate Change and Disaster Mitigation: Gender Makes the Difference. IUCN The World Conservation Union.http://app.iucn.org/congress/women/Climate.pdfCanadian International Development Agency (CIDA). (no date) Gender Equality...
Solar Cooking to Improve the Environment
A Women's Association and Women Researchers Take up the ChallengeThe Mékhé Solar Oven ProjectThis is the story of the Senegalese solar oven and the women's group, "Femmes de Ndiop." Senegal is a westAfrican country suffering from deforestation and rapid...
Temperatures Rising
Understanding the Relationship Between Climate Change, Conflict and WomenIn many developing regions of the world where the balance of peace is barely maintained, imminent climate change events could eventually tip the scales and cause unprecedented social...
The Gardens of Their Dreams - Desertification and Culture in World History
The Gardens of Their Dreams - Desertification and Culture in World History Brian Griffith, 2001, Fernwood Publishing, Zed Books, Halifax, NS, Canada, Pp 368, Price CAD $29.95Review by Reggie ModlichA four times "aha," book! It answered three puzzles...
The Grassy Narrows Blockade at Slant Lake
Like many struggles around the globe to stop climate change, women are on the frontlines of the movement to protect Ontario's Boreal forest, it is an important movement that links environmental destruction with human rights.Stretching from Alaska clear...
The Kyoto Protocol
A War on SubsistenceDispossession and prostitution loom for Costa Rica's rural women and children as rainforests are converted into oxygen credits under the Kyoto Protocol. In Costa Rica, local communities, especially those living in the tropical rainforests,...
Women and Global Climate Change - A Word from the Issue Editors
"Climate Change, an issue for women?" asked some of our colleagues with raised eyebrows and frowns as we sent around notices for this issue. "How is climate change different for women?" is the next question. "Because women do different work, they have...
Women's Role in the Dance of Life
Addressing Climate Changes in US Pacific IslandsThe Pacific Islands are among the first places on Earth where we can see climate affecting the environment. The interaction of atmospheric and oceanographic conditions in the Pacific Ocean engenders variability...