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”