By Farah Stack
Gender inequalities are exacerbated by the impacts of climate change, and it is women and girls around the world that are part of the most vulnerable communities when climate disasters and ecological degradation occur.
Women and girls are the least responsible for greenhouse gas emissions, yet face innumerable burdens and challenges in the event of a disaster, like floods or droughts.
Because of differences in socialization, girls at a young age may be particularly vulnerable because they are not equipped with the same skills as boys in school and other extracurriculars.
During the event of a flood, hurricane, or wildfire, a woman’s vulnerability is heightened at the point in which their responsibilities increase.
This is climate change reinforcing and exacerbating gender inequalities.
Given their position at the forefront of climate change, women have been the leading agents of change in science, government and policy at the local, regional, and international scale.
Ugandan climate justice activist, Vanessa Nakate, has been a powerful voice in reframing climate activism and raising awareness about the disproportionate climate impacts occurring in the Global South.
Nakate is a courageous voice against fossil-fuel industries and wealthier nations. She called out world leaders and COP 26 for their efforts in sidelining activists and voices from the Global South, despite the very visible impacts in her home country of Uganda.
Marine biologist and co-founder of the All We Can Save Project that encompasses a diversity of voices, especially women and people of color, Dr. Ayanna Elizabeth Johnson radiates and embodies optimism and hope. She is a dominant voice for protecting our oceans and marine ecosystems, proving it to policymakers with her wickedly cool scientific research.
She has been a climate-justice leader uniting people from all areas of life and an aspiration to others for a more equitable, healthier, and sustainable future.
Today and across the world, women everywhere are using the power of their voice, skills, and experiences to take leadership and call for action on climate change, and we have proven it.
Pulp Pantry is proud to be paving the way for more equitable and sustainable solutions as a women-founded company that elevates the lives of other women and girls through healthy eating and combating food waste that ultimately contributes to climate change.