Women aren’t just impacted by climate change; they’re also critical agents of change. As UNFCCC Executive Secretary Christiana Figueres explains: “We are 50% of the population around the world and we represent more than 50% of the solution.”
The climate crisis is a problem of multiple dimensions. Rising ocean temperatures alone have the potential to disrupt the web of life in the ocean. Acidifying oceans, a result of the same carbon dioxide pollution that is warming our planet, are magnifying the problem even further.
Here in Antarctica, it’s easy to feel isolated from the rest of the world. But as I look at this exquisite continent buried deep under the ice, it’s troubling to think about what will happen as this ice melts ever more rapidly.
Just as we have a choice in framing our mind’s attitudes and reactions, we have a choice about how we react to the climate crisis. When we speak of the urgency of the crisis, the hope is to motivate people toward positive action.
The next time you look at a world map, let your imagination fill in some of the features of the world’s coldest, driest, highest and windiest continent. Although it’s thousands of miles away, what happens there will impact literally billions of people around the globe.
Last September, millions of you joined us for 24 Hours of Reality, when we connected the dots between the extreme weather events happening all over the world and the reality of the climate crisis…