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Women & the Environment

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We are at a pivotal moment.  The largest generation of young people in human history is about to come of age.  Nearly half the world's population - 3 billion people - is under the age of twenty-five.  Soon they will make decisions about childbearing - decisions that will have a huge impact not only on their own lives, but on whether there are 9 billion or 12 billion of us forty years from now.  More people will mean a bigger impact on the environment and fewer natural resources to go around.  Slowing population growth is a part of slowing climate change.  We must empower women and ensure access to reproductive health services to alleviate poverty and ensure a sustainable future.

With environmental degradation on the rise, what is the gendered impact of climate change? How are women paying a disproportionate price? What can you do to influence both US and International climate negotiations?

  • Check out FMF’s Brand New toolkit on women and water scarcity: “Breaking the Cycle: Women, Water, and the Search for Equity”

  • Encourage your decision-makers to support sustainable development initiatives that help to achieve the Millennium Development Goals

  • Get involved with Sierra Club’s Global Population and Environment Program

  • Find out more about WEDO's publications, factsheets and case studies on women and water

  • Join Sierra Club’s Population Justice Environmental Challenge campaign

  • Take action in your community by using WEDO's online action kit to educate and advocate for gender and climate change!

  • Join WEDO's Women Demand U.S. Action on Climate Change campaign listserve

  • Join the Think Outside the Bottle Campaign to support strong public water systems over bottled water profits

  • Find out about your region’s local water worries and spread the word on your community and campus. Host a panel or film-screening connecting the dots between women and water, and generate media to educate your peers!