Women's Role in Greening the Environment
According to Newsweek magazine, environmental grassroots activists are using a double-pronged approach: show women how to clean up the environment and how that empowers them.
Not surprisingly, the United Nations recognizes that any assault on the environment results in the suffering of the weakest members of society, namely the women and children,
Women are usually the ones to gather firewood, water, and food for their families. But just as they women are the ones to obtain sustenance from the environment, they are also the ones least likely to have the social influence or authority to protect the rivers from pollution, the forests from clear cutting of timber, and many other methods of man-made environmental degradation that seriously compromise the livelihood of indigenous peoples around the globe.
So the grassroots activists' approach in empowering the women is a fine idea.
What we need are more women as role models, women like Vandana Shica, Bina Agarwal, and many more, who bring media attention to the environmental concerns that directly affect their nations' poorest populations.
The women in the Newsweek article have all won recognition for their environmental and social activism; it is now time for the rest of us to learn what we can, so that we can all contribute to help ourselves and others protect the fragile, life-sustaining ecosystems around the world.