Magazine article Women & Environments International Magazine

Women and Global Climate Change - A Word from the Issue Editors

Magazine article Women & Environments International Magazine

Women and Global Climate Change - A Word from the Issue Editors

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"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 access to different resources and have different priorities in their lives in most societies including those undergoing noticeable climate change" is the short answer. Women provision for their families and communities; they grow food, maintain crops, gather cooking fuel, cooking, get children to school and to health services, look after elders, organize collective care, etc. Women manage these multiple responsibilities while they are historically more marginal to politics and to planning the resource base - food, crops, fuel, markets, transportation, forests, temperatures, water supplies and ecology - when climate changes impact. In this issue Duncan and Hemati and Röhr take up the global impacts of climate change.

In developed areas where women may drive or use public transportation, as fuel costs rise, their access to transportation diminishes more rapidly because they have less money. As food is less available locally, transportation costs shift the diet that a woman can plan for her family or increase the number of jobs or hours a woman will need to work in order to provide for herself and/or her family. The health effects of poorer food then translate into poorer school performance, higher health care costs, more absenteeism, shortened life span, fewer community hours and so on. …

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