Editors Note: This is a running series documenting four UNC student's experience at the COP 23 in Bonn, Germany. See the previous entry here.
By Andrea Orengo
The effects of climate change are felt around the world by every person on the planet. However, not everyone is affected equally. It is the most marginalized and disenfranchised individuals of society that receive the swiftest and harshest effects from climate change, not the countries that contribute the most to the problem. People who are less likely to have access to resources, human rights, education, or access to healthcare are also less likely to be able to respond the negative effects of climate change.
Climate change compounds existing issues stemmed from deeper societal problems. Women, indigenous peoples, the LGBTQ+ community, those who are differently abled, the young, the old are just a few of the groups that are all impacted by climate change more severely. No one can dispute the fact that gender equality and women’s rights are absolutely vital to effectively act on climate change mitigation and adaptation.
This Tuesday, I made a point to attend meetings and talk to people about gender equality and climate change mitigation. What resonated with me the most was the unique influence women have over climate mitigation.