Time for women to lead

Stany
Posted September 27, 2015 from Democratic Republic of the Congo
Women in trees planting activity

Climate change not a myth

“According to the US Geological Survey, mountain snow is critical for balance in the natural water system, because the snowpack acts as a natural way to store water. Without this natural balance in the system, dry spells last longer, crop yields suffer and there is less water available for public use. [See photos of the stunning Sierra Nevada mountains]” written on http://www.livescience.com/52265-california-snowpack-shrinking.html . This is just one example among thousands about climate change for our common home “Earth”. I just wanted to tell readers that there many scientific facts (for people who rely on scientists) which show that our planet is on slippery slope toward climate catastrophe. For those who believe by signs read this “In only 10 days, the death toll is reported to have reached around 1,800, a 20-year high. The brunt of the burden has fallen on the southern state of Andhra Pradesh, where 1,300 people have died, the highest loss of life due to heat the state has known, according to officials. By comparison, 447 people in the state died from the heat last year” at http://www.theguardian.com/world/2015/may/31/the-heat-and-the-death-toll... . You can read also about the drought increase in Kenya at http://reliefweb.int/disaster/dr-2014-000131-ken. I’m wondering why people, countries and even the United Nations still hesitate about this real threat to human being “climate change”. Countries are forming alliances to fight terrorism, to deal with immigrants and to weaken rebel groups but when it comes to reduce green house gases from industries and fighting deforestation, every country speaks it own language. It’s time to face the reality and tell the truth to earth’s population about the real threat of climate change.

Solution centered approach

By December in Paris will be the famous COP21 where governments, leaders, scientists, activists and politicians will meet and discuss the issues around climate change. This is not new; it has been like this for so long time. Meetings, conventions, treats, laws, strategies, goals, etc; but to stop the production of green house gases, nothing is done. May be rich people and multinational companies won’t abandon their industries? May be the idea of green energy is not going to work? In fact, everything concerning climate change issues is centered on humans; their lifestyle, their consumption behavior and their interactions with natural environment. But more strange is to see leaders partnering with the destroyers of environment and hoping to find solutions of climate change. It is time to focus on successful solutions rather than problems; it’s time to learn from indigenous communities all over the world how they managed to live in harmony with their environment. It’s time to change our consuming behavior and start consuming responsibly while thinking about future generation.

Time for women to lead

As above mentioned, we have heard about many meetings around the world, governments signed a lot of laws about protection of environment but no change is being observed and climate change is getting worse and worse. This is because a big percentage of earth’s population (Women) has been left out in the process of seeking solutions to climate change. Women constitute the majority in every country; women provide food for their families and therefore women are every day in direct contact with the environment. In my community women are in charge to look for drinking water, collection of firewood for cooking and growing crops. When there is no firewood to give good fire for man and no good yield for crops, woman is blamed and considered to be lazy. Therefore, climate change is only worsening women situation in my community because we are experiencing long drought and crops are affected which in turn reduce crops yield. Also because of deforestation it is now very hard to get firewood for food cooking. In situation like this women are suffering a lot. Currently we have started community mobilizing for trees planting in deforested land in Itombwe. Women should have others sources of firewood and need rain to grow their crops for the survival for their families; this is the purpose of trees planting being done in Itombwe with support of www.wecaninternational.org and SAFECO. As the big number of world’s population in everyday direct contact with the environment, women should lead the decisions making in the process around climate change.

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fumika17
Sep 27, 2015
Sep 27, 2015

Dear Stany,

What a beautifully written essay. I couldn't agree more with what you have to say. Women and men are both part of the human race; involving more women in the decision making process of climate change should be a priority. What you said about local women participating in the debate, instead of government officials and business executives making laws and regulations, was powerful. It makes sense that the local women, who are the most strongly affected by climate change, have the strongest voice. I hope you continue to be a voice for these women, and I will be supporting you from Oreon, USA! 

Thank you for your story,

Fumika

Stany
Sep 28, 2015
Sep 28, 2015

Thank you very much Fumika, even in COP21 our government will present his agenda or strategic plan for coming years but the  shocking thing is that no women or women organizations were consulted and more shocking, this agenda will end up in offices and funds for climate change solutions will end up in individual pockets. 

Thanks for encouragement

glittsea
Sep 27, 2015
Sep 27, 2015

Stany, environmentalism has always been an issue that I've been very passionate about and this has shown me a perspective that I had never thought of before, so I thank you for opening my eyes to this. I never thought that women could be blamed for the problems having to do with the environment (I live in a very urban area and so I know very little about farming or working with the land) and that in this way climate change is worsening the situation for many women. It's always very important to understand how all issues intersect and I am greatful to you for keeping me aware of intersectionality.  Love, glittsea

Nolanie
Sep 27, 2015
Sep 27, 2015

Thank you, Stany, you have truly layed out the words of my most inner issues that I feel hurt everything around us. With the global situations of war, poverty, and every other human-born disaster, we have managed to overlook the most largest problem we face in all of human history. Which is the degredation of our own world. Wars, statuses, conflicts, celebrations, etc., will mean nothing if our environment fails us. For if we do not take care of our world, where will we live? From low rural communities in Africa, to giant megatropolises in the United States, the horrible reality of our failing planet seems to be overlooked. It is human nature to "look on the bright-side," and feel that "ignorance is bliss." And yet, your village you, Stany, speak of relies on the strength of women and they are shunned if they do not produce enough for their families. In a way, this is similar to women worldwide. In England, it's wrong that a woman doesn't have dinner cooked for her husband by 7 PM sharp, and it is also true within your community that if a wife doesn't have a fire and food prepared, they're deemed lazy. All of the hardwork women try to do, is overlooked with a degree of destestment. It's wrong, worldwide, that women should be relied upon for our environment, when most of the construction jobs that have been established have been made by men. In which, we acknowledge that our environment is falling apart from our creations. Everyone's top concern should be protecting the environment, for if there is no trees, where will the wood for fires come from? If there is no water from the rivers, what will we drink? It's time for the world to realize that reality will take over eventually and we will pay the ultimate price of destroying our world. And then, it won't matter if you're a man or a woman, the only thing that should matter is the effect of your carbon footprint. Thank you, Stany, for putting the words from my head, onto an internet story. You're words are very effective and empowering.

Stay true to yourself, Emily

Stany
Sep 28, 2015
Sep 28, 2015

Thank you Emily,

If the money that will be spent in COP21 could be given to women's organizations i hope that the world can have solutions to climate change