Meet The Women Fighting Climate Change - Femanin

A recent worldwide poll found that the most concerning issue RN is not terrorism or gun crime, but climate change. That’s why millions of people across the world congregated in September to join respective rallies as part of a universal Climate Strike campaign – the biggest one in history.

From melting ice caps to rising sea levels, this issue of climate change affects all of us – but most of all, it affects our future generations. Which, of course, brings us on to Greta Thunberg – a 16-year-old who’s quickly becoming one of the world’s most high profile climate change campaigners.

 

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The teenager first hit the headlines last year when she spoke at the Extinction Rebellion protests before she met with politicians in the UK. She’s shown the courage, determination and emotion that many adults have never been called upon to display and she’s inspired multiple generations to take climate change seriously.

The youngster has fallen out with Trump (we’ve ALL seen her iconic reaction to his presence at the UN climate summit), received death threats and she’s travelled across the Atlantic on a ‘zero carbon’ yacht: in other words, she’s completely and utterly fearless.

Whilst Greta is fast becoming one of the most inspirational female activists out there EVER, she isn’t the only young woman to get straight about tackling climate change.

Here are a bunch of unstoppable women who are doing more than their bit for our planet (and other women) in their own different ways…

Get ready to feel inspired!

Tamera Alhussaini, 25

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Tamera is an ecologist at the organisation ‘Arab Youth Climate Movement’ which works to create a generation-wide movement across the Middle East & North Africa to solve the climate crisis, and to assess and support the establishment of legally binding agreements to deal with climate change issues within international negotiation.

On climate change, Tamera comments:

“What people are maybe not aware of are that the impacts of [climate change] can specifically target groups of women. … On the first day we got here, we were at a women and climate justice conference, and one of the women showed a video about all of the women who are specifically impacted in the Philippines during Hurricane Haiyan. That was a lightbulb moment and this is why.”

Maria Rodriguez, 25

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Maria is the co-founder for TierrActivaPeru – a group that advocates for the voice of the jungle. It helps those directly affected by the exploitation of the jungles in Peru.

Explaining her role and how it relates to women, she said:

“Here at COP there were heads-of-state pictures, and … it was mostly men. That’s just a very graphic visual representation of the state of the world that we live in. We have 50/50 in terms of population but in terms of who has access to these decision-making roles, it’s mostly men. Men and women, because we do have different roles assigned to us in society, have different perspectives on things. So when women don’t have access to these decision-making roles then our perspectives aren’t taken into account as much when these treaties are being negotiated.”

Kate Cahoon, 27

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Kate’s a Project Coordinator for Gender CC – Women for Climate Justice. The organisation helps young women to learn about science and climate change and encourages them to make a contribution.

“We say to young women: Go out, learn about sciences. Learn about climate change. Try to understand how it works. Make a contribution. Push your leaders, and try to make a difference.”

Bridget Burns, 30

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Bridget is part of the Women’s Environment and Development Organisation. It’s an international non-governmental organization based in New York City, U.S. that advocates women’s equality in global policy. It was founded in 1990 by Bella Abzug and Mim Kelber to take action in the United Nations and other international policymaking forums.

“We need young women to feel like they see an opportunity in creating new renewable energy systems: solar, wind farms, everything. This is a new frontier, and we need young women to be really engaged in that frontier.”