How Climate Change Affects Women

Climate change is an important issue in politics, energy and business. Increased severe weather, rising sea levels and ecosystemic perturbation makes climate change a global crisis. Consequently, anthropogenic climate change leads to high levels of food insecurity, mass displacements, and the spread of disease will require international cooperation. 

Climate change will have devastating consequences on all sectors of the population. Some cultures will disproportionately affect women due to the change in climate. Women in civilizations across the globe are dependent on natural resources for harvesting food, fuel, and water. Assuming that droughts decrease crop yields and water scarcity increases, women and young girls will have less resources available to take care of their necessities.

Less Supply Of Resources Puts Women At Risk

Women will be at the greatest risk in the face of natural disasters in countries like Cote D’ivoire, Morocco and Myanmar. Why? Because women in these regions are traditionally asked to cook and collect food and water. Climate change displacement will cause some families (women and children especially) to migrate from inhabitable conditions.

Women comprise 43 percent of the agricultural labor force in developing nations. They do not often granted land ownership rights and the rights to other resources. Climate change action and policy depends greatly on the empowerment of women. If women are given the tools to nurture agriculture crops, and given trading rights to their yields then the floor of many villages rises globally. Vegetation and forests, which heavily influence Earth’s climate, are necessary factors in limiting climate change.

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