Women Can Lead the Way in Tackling Development and Climate Challenges Together20 September 2010
"From the response in Pakistan to the UN Summit in New York, we must now recognize and act on the connections between climate change and development and ensure that women play a central role in shaping climate and environmental planning in the years ahead."
- Mary Robinson and Wangari Maathai in the Huffington Post
Mary Robinson and Nobel Peace Prize winner and founder of the Green Belt Movement, Wangari Maathai highlight in The Huffington Post the importance of women???s leadership in achieving the MDGs and in fighting climate change.
The time has come for women leaders to influence the narrative on climate change and how we address its impacts. The devastating floods in Pakistan illustrate how natural and man-made disasters can in a matter of days wipe out years of development progress. The floods in Pakistan have affected 20 million people -- equal to the population of New York state -- or nearly two-thirds of Canada. And while Pakistan is ranked among the poorest countries in the world, this tragedy has deepened the desperation of people already struggling to feed families and fend off disease.
Pakistan's story is, unfortunately, not unique. It is being repeated today in countries around the globe.
Decades of environmental mismanagement, combined with the increasing impacts of climate change, are putting social and economic development efforts at risk. Changing precipitation patterns are skewing traditional seasons and undermining the agricultural rhythms of farmers. More frequent extreme weather events like droughts, hurricanes, floods and cyclones are damaging lives, livelihoods and infrastructure ...more