Women of Color Created Climate Activism

By Madeleine Clow

Women of color, specifically indigenous women, have been at the forefront of climate activism when it comes to climate change throughout history. Although rarely recognized, their passionate work dedicated to their community’s and other marginalized people in need, has saved lives that are frequently forgotten and erased. Climate change radically affects women in poverty, with eighty percent of people being negatively affected by climate change being women, as well as the fact that seventy percent of people living in poverty are women. Therefore, natural disasters and other climate crises disproportionately affect people in poverty and poor communities. Women also suffer disproportionately for facing violence and domestic abuse due to the stress, anguish, grief, and suffering that comes with natural disasters destroying poor communities because of weak infrastructure and authoritative systems. Although women of color face such adversity in their community’s due to climate change, they have seized the challenge and become the forefront activists in climate change.

However, women in climate change have just begun to receive recognition for their feats. In 2014, women led the first International People’s Climate March. The March drew over 400,000 supporters worldwide, the majority, of them being women. September 20th, 2019 marked the most supported international climate strike in history, with more than 100,000 activists, also predominantly women. The climate strike was primarily dominated by women of color and indigenous groups. Continue reading “Women of Color Created Climate Activism”

Conservation and Feminism: Not Mutually Exclusive?

A photo of the Earth from space, a large blue marble on a black background
                      A picture of the Earth from Apollo 17

By Kali Nelson

Last semester I wrote a post about Ecofeminism. It was tied to the idea that women and nature are linked and that for women to be free, nature must also be free. Today I wantto go more in depth with that idea.

Where did Ecofeminism come from?

Ecofeminism came into its modern state in the late 1970’s and early 1980’s in an academic setting. Ecofeminism could be found mostly in the academic world for most of the seventies and then in the eighties, ecofeminism became for prevalent outside of the academic world. It is very popular in India, where the Chipko movement exists, this movement was for the protection of forests against deforestation. The term was coined in 1974 by French feminist Françoise d’Eaubonne and combines the ideas of gender equality, of nonpatriarchal and nonlinear structures, and of the world that respects organic processes.

The main book that I used as a base for much of my last post was called Healing the Wounds: The Promise of Ecofeminism which is a collection of essays edited by Judith Plant. It was published in 1989. There are more recently published books on this subject, the most recent one I can find being published in 2014. Although I am very certain that there are more recent books.

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