Thursday, Mar. 23, 2023
1 - 2 p.m. PST
Who is Invited
Solutions Through Empowerment: Why Health & Education Matter to Climate Change. Worldwide, population pressures contribute to immediate dangers like food insecurity, natural resource scarcity, inequality, and climate-changing emissions. Yet, the relationship between population and climate change is complex. Although the carbon footprints of most of the world’s population are negligible relative to that of the average American or European, low- and middle-income countries are disproportionately vulnerable to climate impacts like rising sea-levels and extreme weather events. Additionally, the close relationship between high fertility and poverty throughout the world worsens climate vulnerability and puts more people at risk. This presentation uses a climate justice framework to explore the ways in which demographic trends impact and are impacted by climate change and argues that gender equality must be better integrated into global climate solutions. The talk will conclude with a discussion on the ways in which expanding access to health care and education—especially for women, girls, and reproductively capable people—act as necessary building blocks for climate adaptation and resilience across the globe. Co-sponsored by the WCCC and Gender Studies Program.
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