This documentary was realized by Nina Monroy Diaz and myself in our class of Climate Justice & Adaptation at University for Peace. In this video, we wanted to showcase the empowerment of Womxn on the Frontlines of Climate Justice.
Climate justice is a term used to frame global warming as an ethical and political issue, rather than one that is purely environmental or physical in nature. This is done by relating the effects of climate change to concepts of justice, particularly environmental justice and social justice and by examining issues such as equality, human rights, collective rights, and the historical responsibilities for climate change.
The impact of climate change is already causing widespread socio-economic and environmental loss and human suffering around the globe. While climate change affects everyone, women and men experience the impacts differently, and women are often disproportionately negatively affected. Women, compared to men, often have limited access to resources, more restricted rights, limited mobility, and a muted voice in shaping decisions and influencing policy. However, at the same time, women are uniquely positioned to be powerful agents of change in responding to climate change impacts and driving innovative solutions at all levels. We didn’t want to highlight Womxn as the most vulnerable and affected victims in this climate story. Rather, climate change and gender cannot be considered in isolation, gender must be incorporated through an intersectional lens. Olivia Sylvester, Melania Guerra - La Tica Polar, Frances Roberts-Gregory and Azmera Davis in this video are Leaders, Scholars, Climate activists, feminist anthropologist, ecowomanist. Through their empowerment, perspectives and knowledge they are playing an incredible role in the climate movement by advocating for social and environmental justice so that it is truly sustainable, collective and restorative.