March 16, 2022

Global South perspectives on “Why the climate crisis is a feminist issue”

Existing climate governance does not adequately support inclusivity. On the contrary, as the climate crisis worsens, civic space is shrinking. The voices of local people, particularly women are rarely heard when climate decisions are being made, with women, youth, indigenous people, and other marginalized groups being the most noticeably absent – and yet it is these groups, especially in the Global South, that will bear the brunt of climate change impacts.

Around Africa, marine heatwaves have become more frequent since the 20th century and are projected to increase. The relative sea level has increased at a higher rate than the global mean sea level around Africa over the last 3 decades. Relative sea-level rise is virtually certain to continue around Africa, contributing to increases in the frequency and severity of coastal flooding in low-lying areas to coastal erosion and along sandiest coasts.

Addressing the climate crisis must recognize and seek to put an end to the rising numbers of deforestation, especially within the Global South, as well as put an end
to the push for small-scale farmers to adopt improved seeds that heavily rely on the utilization of chemical fertilizers as opposed to environmentally friendly, indigenous solutions like agroecology to increase their productivity.

Click here to read our perspective on why climate crisis is a feminist issue. 

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