Why do we need a feminist approach to tackling the climate crisis?
Join us for an evening of lively discussion, enjoy the exhibition, participating in an interactive panel discussion, and networking at the drinks reception.
We’ll hear from international activists, academics, policymakers and grassroots organisations on UK and Global Feminist Green New Deal work. We’ll also be showcasing our Climate Sisters creative projects at the event. Guests will be invited to a networking reception to enjoy drinks and a light buffet whilst also viewing our Climate Sisters exhibition.
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The twin crises of ecological breakdown and social injustice are what the Green New Deal is designed to address. In terms of ecological breakdown, we know what is needed to ensure the planet continues to sustain life. The same is true of addressing social injustice. We know what conditions must be met to ensure people are able to live flourishing lives: we just need to create them.
However, Green New Deal proposals have paid little attention to gender and intersectional inequality. This risks them unintentionally worsening current structural inequalities in a range of areas including employment, housing, transport, access to food, healthcare and education.
The climate crisis necessitates urgent action to transform our economy and society. Yet, although climate change will impact on everyone on the planet, it is women and people of colour who will experience the most acute effects. Globally, women face increased vulnerability to the impacts of climate change, due to their different and unequal social roles and status.
You have probably heard of the Green New Deal but what about a Feminist Green New Deal? Back in September 2019 a coalition of women’s rights and climate activists in the USA including WEDO (Women’s Environment and Development Organization), launched a Feminist Agenda for a Green New Deal. The Feminist Green New Deal Principles call for advancing reproductive justice, the creation of regenerative economies centered on feminist analysis and understanding of the care economy, a shift from exploitative and unsustainable production patterns and a rejection of false solutions to the climate crisis.
Wen and The Women’s Budget Group have published a policy paper which outlines the key elements of what a Feminist Green New Deal would look like in the UK, bringing a gender analysis to the Green New Deal and transitioning to a green economy. This was presented to the Commission for a Gender Equal Economy last year.
ZARINA AHMAD, CLIMATE CHANGE & ENVIRONMENTALIST
One of the mighty women on Woman’s Hour’s 2020 Our Planet Power List, Zarina previously worked at the Council for Ethnic Minority Voluntary Organisations leading the charge for increasing participation in environmentalism in Scotland. Since being told that “ethnic minorities aren’t interested in climate change”, Zarina has dedicated herself to creating pathways for under-represented groups to work in environmental organisations – increasing not only a diversity of people, but a diversity of ideas. In response to the lack of specific data about ethnic minority groups and environmentalism, Zarina is now researching sustainable behaviours within BAME communities in the UK for a PhD. More recently Zarina was recognised by Edinburgh Science Institute as an inspirational woman who has made a significant impact in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths and featured her along 8 other women in this year’s festival by creating a mural of her and which is displayed in publicly in Edinburgh.
DOMINQUE PALMER, CLIMATE ACTIVIST
An organiser within Fridays for Future International, the UK Student Climate Network, and Launch Coordinator for Climate Live across the UK and internationally, Dominique campaigns for bold and systemic action for people and planet. She publicly speaks at events including the UN Climate Change Conference in 2019 (COP25) and studies Politics and International Relations at Birmingham University.
DR SHERILYN MACGREGOR, UNIVERSITY OF MANCHESTER
Co-author of the Feminist Green New Deal UK policy paper, Sherilyn is an academic at The University of Manchester whose research focuses on the relationship between feminist and environmental politics. Sherilyn advocates an intersectional ecofeminism for the 99% and explores what a just future could look like in the face of climate emergency.
SASCHA GABIZON, EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR, WECF – WOMEN ENGAGE FOR A COMMON FUTURE
Sascha believes in the power of women and feminist movements and their leadership role in moving forward the transformation to socially-just and gender-equitable societies that do not deplete the planet but create safe and healthy lives and jobs for all. Sascha has studied and worked internationally and is an expert on gender equality and solutions for climate, waste, environmental health and public participation.
ANNE KARPF – CHAIR
Anne Karpf is a sociologist, award-winning journalist and author of five books of nonfiction, the latest of which, How Women Can Save the Planet, has just been published by Hurst. She is Professor of Life Writing and Culture at London Metropolitan University. She (re)tweets @AnneKarpf
Part of the Feminist Green New Deal Project in partnership with Wen & Women’s Budget Group