Climate leadership should not be “old, white & male”

Oct 10, 2018, 7:43 AM EDT
The "classist" climate action is devoid of moral attention to the most vulnerable communities.
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The dystopian future of our planet in the face of a rapidly degrading environment could be averted by putting progressive young women of color in climate leadership roles, opines Dr. Sarah Myhre, a climate scientist and research associate at the University of Washington.

Myhre, who views anti-racism and feminism as the fundamental components of climate action, says the climate leadership offered by white men is “reductionist, technocratic, top-down,” and devoid of moral attention to the most vulnerable people, notes The Slot.

Drawing on the numbers from the United Nations’ latest climate report, Myhre articulates how the difference between a 1.5-degree warmer world and a 2-degree warmer world would be a matter of life and death for women, who in many communities exposed to the consequences of climate change, are shackled by patriarchal and gendered norms.