By Paula Bernasor
July 5, 2023
Now, imagine that some people are good at cleaning and taking care of the house. These people are women! Studies have shown that when more women are in charge of making decisions about the environment, they pass better laws to protect it. If we want to fix the problem of climate change and keep our houses clean, we need more women to help lead the way! Does that make sense?
Climate change is one of the greatest global challenges of the twenty-first century. Based on the findings of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), it is evident that people who are already most vulnerable and marginalized will also experience the greatest impacts.
Women are increasingly recognized as being more susceptible to the effects of climate change compared to men. This is mainly because women make up a significant proportion of the world’s poor population and are relatively more reliant on endangered natural resources.
The disparity between men and women can also be observed in their distinct roles, responsibilities, decision-making abilities, access to land and natural resources, opportunities, and requirements, all of which are influenced by their gender.
Moreover, according to the United Nations, women encounter greater barriers than men when it comes to accessing resources such as land, credit, agricultural inputs, decision-making structures, technology, and training and extension services. These limitations hinder their ability to adapt to climate change effectively.
Women’s vulnerability to climate change stems from several factors—social, economic, and cultural.
Paula Bernasor is the Visayas Coordinator of The Climate Reality Project Philippines. She is a Climate Reality Philippines Leader and Mentor, Chapter Director for Startup Grind Cebu, and a volunteer for Project Sharklink and Thresher Shark Research and Conservation Project. She previously worked as an Associate for Partnerships for Rare Organisation’s Fish Forever in the Philippines. She started Project Library in the Philippines, a grassroots movement that helps underprivileged communities in remote areas gain access to books and reading materials, as well as Ocean Love Philippines, which uses social media to spread awareness on pressing environmental issues and to promote a sustainable lifestyle and the circular economy.
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