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From extreme weather to sea level rise, we are witnessing major shifts in the way Mother Nature functions. While people around the world have been affected by climate change, girls and women disproportionately bear the weight and face a multitude of barriers in the fight against the effects of climate change. When mothers and families need more help to support their livelihood, girls are the first to be taken out of school over their brothers.

Economists Wheeler and Hammer state, “female education (combined with family planning) is cheaper and provides larger impacts on carbon emissions abatement than direct, low-carbon energy options.” Not only is there a need to address the diminishment of girls education in the face of climate change, but girls education can also be a strong fighting force against the effects of climate change. Educating girls on how to identify incoming extreme weather and increase efficiency in agriculture has proven to be tremendously effective due to their greater understanding of the everyday issues their family faces.

Last November, the COP22 in Marrakech voted to uphold the Lima work programme on gender (LWPG) for another 3 years, which seeks to address “gender balance and gender responsive policies” in the fight against climate change. Now is the time to make sure they follow their promise to address this gender gap with funding & resources for this initiative.  

Take action to hold the OECD & UNFCCC accountable in their agreement to address the impact of climate change on girls education.