Each of us is affected by climate issues, every person living on this planet has a shared responsibility to find solutions for a sustainable future. The interconnectedness between environmental issues, economic growth, and gender inequality becomes more important to address within sustainable development.
Some people are disproportionately affected by environmental concerns:
- Those who reside in remote northern communities in Canada
- People who rely on ecosystem services for food or cultural purposes
- Coastal communities who are impacted by sea level rise
- Industries that rely on fisheries
- Workers in the oil and gas industry
- The Global South
- Women or Indigenous Women
This is a result of the imbalance in power and traditional roles of engaging with the land. In addition, gender issues are apparent in areas of STEM. Specifically, there is an underrepresentation of women in tech-related fields, which should be addressed to enhance the education and job opportunities in this field. These women working in STEM have an important ability to further the progress of environment and industry, and we should encourage women to consider these roles.
Women of all backgrounds and socio-economic status are impacted differently by policy decisions, resource development, and climate mitigation measures, which makes this toolkit critical for awareness and engagement on these issues.
Climate Mitigation (or Climate Change Mitigation)
Consists of actions to limit the magnitude or rates of long-term climate change. Generally involves reductions in human (anthropogenic) emissions of greenhouse gases.