Gender and climate change

Date: February 16, 2015
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The irreversible and often devastating impacts of climate change as a result of global warming and androgenic change in the weather are often positioned as a crisis to be negotiated by governments of the world at the annual United Nations Framework Convention Conference of the Parties (COP) Summit. Several centuries of uncontrolled industrial pollution in the North and the growing burden of emissions from developing countries in pursuit of economic development in the South pose a devastating threat to the planet and to the world’s population. It is a global concern that affects everyone and brings global inequalities sharply into relief, particularly because the gender impacts of climate change are likely to be worst for women in developing countries. Africa as the poorest continent has the least resources to address the problems that result from changing weather patterns and extreme climatic events, the projected shortages of food and water, and growing competition over scarce natural resources.
This issue of Agenda contributes to the growing endeavour to place the focus on gender and climate change in Africa and the importance of social research situating women and gender in the centre of both research on climate change as well as in global and local policy formulation and implementation. Research must serve to inform the understanding of climate change, and moves us beyond the reduction of the problem to the setting of carbon targets for industry, carbon financing and scientific solutions, seen as gender neutral. These ‘solutions’ or interventions often have serious implications for disadvantaged groups in society, including women and children. Climate change affects every geographic location in different ways, and calls for a range of actions which include among others, change in behaviour to reduce carbon emissions, the forecasting of the weather and monitoring of the environment, and identifying gender sensitive community disaster responses, adaptation and mitigation strategies that support sustainable development and resilience to climate change.

Publisher: Agenda
Edition: Volume 28; Issue 3
Year of Publication: 2014
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