Climate Change

and the Impact on Women
Kim Lovell Sierra Club Global Population & Environment Program UU-UNO Spring Seminar Empower Women for a Better World

Sierra Club’s Global Population & Environment Program
Work with domestic & international partners to foster healthy communities by advancing sustainable development solutions. Access to Family Planning Women’s Rights Resource Consumption Youth Leadership

“Unitarian Universalism offers us a faith that challenges our energy usage and confronts us with hunger and injustice around the world, without giving inadequate simplistic answers. It offers the harder path of respect for all beings and for the Earth, and calls us to be accountable for our actions.” - UU minister Bob Klein

Women bear the brunt of the impacts of climate change

Women are also essential to climate change mitigation and adaptation

How do we combat climate change?
                   Adaptation
“An adjustment in natural or human systems in response to actual or expected climatic stimuli or their effects, which moderates harm or exploits beneficial opportunities”

                   Mitigation  
“An anthropogenic intervention to reduce the sources or enhance the sinks of greenhouse gases.”

Adaptation
Voluntary family planning combined with women’s empowerment and sustainable development

Mitigation
Voluntary family planning combined with women’s empowerment and sustainable development

Stabilization Wedges

Source: Socolow & Pacala, 2006.

Slower population growth could reduce emissions 1.4 – 2.5 billion tons carbon per year by 2050, 16-29% of the reduction needed to stabilize emissions. About half of that reduction would come from current high-fertility regions, achievable through expanded access to family planning services.
Source: B. O’Neill et al, “Global Demographic Trends and Future Carbon Emissions,” Proceedings of the National Academies of Science, Oct. 2010.

What is PHE?

G P S D O

India’s Self Employed Women’s Association

March for Women’s Lives April 25, 2004

PowerShift
April 16, 2011
Harnessing the energy of the youth climate movement to incorporate women’s empowerment and reproductive health & rights

“I am only one, but I am one. I cannot do everything, but I can do something. And because I cannot do everything, I will not refuse to do the something that I can do.” -Edward Everett Hale
American Author, Historian, & Unitarian Clergyman

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