Katrina, Maria, & Sandy: Climate Justice is a Feminist Issue
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Moderated by: TBA
Panelists: Iakowi.he'ne' Melissa Oakes, Tamara Toles O’Laughlin,
The climate crisis is a global problem that has many direct effects on our daily lives. Extreme weather conditions, environmental pollution, food accessibility, all impact our families and communities. But not all communities are impacted equally. Data shows that factors like race, gender, and economics can determine who bears the brunt of this rapidly intensifying disaster and women, especially women of color will struggle the most. Women are the caretakers of their communities and the effects of climate change gives them more responsibilities and less options as they navigate through our deeply ingrained patriarchal systems. For example:
- United Nations data indicates that 80% of the people displaced by climate change are women.
- Women are more likely to live in poverty than men,
- Women have less access to fundamental human rights like the ability to freely move and acquire land
- Immediately after natural disasters, like Hurricanes Maria and Katrina, reporting shows that women face an uptick in gender-based violence and harassment.
- Race is the number one indicator for the placement of toxic facilities in this country
The U.S. is no stranger to public health crises due to environmental misconduct - from the Flint water catastrophe that left poor, mostly Black families without water and dangerously high levels of lead in their blood, to Indigenous women whose breast milk is poisoned by pollution.. And when extreme weather events occur, like the recent tornado in Alabama or the flooding in Hawaii, women, especially trans women, are afraid to sleep in evacuation centers amplifying how women live at the intersection of the climate crisis and patriarchy.
Unlike most of the global community, the United States’ response to climate change has been slow and clumsy - particularly during the last four years. Thankfully, President Biden rejoined the Paris Agreement as one of his first official acts as president. Effective federal policy is needed to achieve deep, long-term reductions in U.S. greenhouse gas emissions, and to help foster climate resilience. Introduced by Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez of New York and Senator Edward J. Markey of Massachusetts, the Green New Deal calls on the federal government to wean the U.S. from its dependence on fossil fuels and curb greenhouse gas emissions across the economy. It also aims to guarantee new high-paying jobs in clean energy industries.
Further conversation and action around climate justice that centers feminist solutions and federal policy are essential in fighting climate change. Join us for our climate justice conversation in our 100 Days of a Feminist Agenda series. This conversation will explore climate justice as a feminist issue and highlight climate activism.