Surely the best way we can address climate change's existential threat is to include everyone in the remedies. However, at all stages of environmental policymaking, women are still too much removed from decision-making. Changing climate is the most serious human rights problem of our day, and to overcome it requires a human rights-based approach.
Climate scientists ' latest reports grant us only a decade to slash carbon emissions by 45 per cent and prevent the inevitable ecological destruction which affects all of mankind. Tinkering at the margins of our global energy market can't accomplish it. We need to think deeper, act faster, and get everyone involved.
This complicated problem can not be solved as long as women and girls, half of the world's population, have insufficient exposure to education and decision-making institutions at all levels and are completely excluded from the state, national and global attempts to respond to this issue.
Many living under the poverty line, most of whom are women, experience the consequences of climate change most profoundly. Women face the biggest responsibility in most nations in collecting and storing food and water and adapting to disasters caused by climate change. For this purpose, women are best placed to build successful solutions that protect their own interests. For instance, in collaboration with local women, clean energy technology should be developed and implemented to minimize pollutants while also enabling them to become economically productive and healthy. Every social dilemma that we face will be better explained if women and girls share in the diagnosis and treatment of the issue equally. Making sure girls have equal access to education and professional opportunities would unleash the untapped talent that could deliver the requisite discoveries.
Eunice Foote was the first scientist to explain the relationship between elevated carbon dioxide and rising ambient temperatures in 1856, laying the groundwork for what we now know about the "greenhouse effect." Since female scientists were not known, her work was published under the name of a man. Foote was also a voice for women's rights. Her experience is a message that there are many girls and women with Eunice Foote's talent still today who need only training and contributing opportunities.
The Carter Administration has led sweeping policy policies over 40 years ago that put our country on the road to sustainable energy, including major increases in solar and other technological solutions. Sad to say, some of the important elements of these policies were eventually abandoned, and since then not enough has been done to make the major changes that we need.
The Carter Administration has recruited large numbers of women to executive positions in government and the courts and sponsored the referendum on equal rights as true equality is both morally correct and, honestly, pragmatic. If women and girls take part equally in the diagnosis and treatment of it, every hurdle we face is easily addressed.
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