Seed of Inspiration
Each Friday, we'll bring you a short film by some seedy women. Plant this as a seed of within to sustain your energy for the march we have yet ahead...
Today is a bit of a Film Friday and Music Monday rolled into one; we bring you a music video! This video is the anthem of the Australian organization 1 Million Women, an organization of women for climate action.
Throughout this march, if there's anything that I -- and I hope you -- have really felt, is how interconnected issues of justice are. It is impossible for us to pick up the cause of gender equality without also taking up the causes of environmental justice, racial justice, worker rights, immigrant rights, LGBT rights, voting rights, and more. We use feminism as a starting point for our march, but we step out from there. We step out not just because more than half of workers, people of color, LGBT persons, and immigrants are women themselves, but because we recognize that we are all fighting the same beast of injustice, rearing its ugly head in different contexts. As Martin Luther King described it, "injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere."
The following explanation of this connection was adapted from a short film by Mariya Pylayev, "How Climate Change Makes Gender Inequality Worse."
We all know the things holding women back around the world: limited education, poverty, discrimination, and violence. And what makes all those things worse? Climate change.
Across the world, women must find food and water for their families. Two-thirds of farmers in the developing world are women. In Africa, it's more than 90%. They do heavy work, but in many countries, they eat after their male relatives. This means during floods and droughts, they eat less.
Women are usually in charge of managing energy in their households; while boys are at school or earning money, girls are kept home to gather fuel like firewood. On top of that, climate change is a major driver of biodiversity loss like deforestation. This forces women and girls to travel farther for food. They have less time to learn to read, to engage in politics, or just rest.
When natural disasters strike, extreme weather kills more women than men. In Bangladesh's disastrous cyclone in 1991, 90% of the fatalities were women. While men are generally freer to migrate, women stay home watching children and valuables even if a warning is issued. They may need a male relative to escort them to safety.
Climate change opens the door to scarcity of resources, loss of income, dislocation, unrest, and lack of safety, all of which fuels discrimination and sexual violence. Ignoring climate change will make it harder to help women across the world.
Seed of Action
An executive order signed Tuesday afternoon has halted the United States efforts to curb carbon dioxide emissions that would have slowed climate change and met our obligations to the Paris Agreement signed by the United States in 2016. We seedy folk, however, will not wait for our government to take action on climate change. Today, we will scatter seeds that join us with 1 Million Women by taking their Carbon Challenge to brainstorm ways that we can reduce our carbon footprint.
- Click here to go to the 1 Million Women's website sign up page to create an account so you can take their Carbon Challenge. Calculate your carbon footprint, track it over time, and browse an array of activities you've never thought of to reduce it. (N.B. For some reason I had trouble setting it up with my Facebook account, so I set my account up through email.)
- Are you a food lover? Click here to join 1 Million Women's pledge to eat your leftovers! Did you know that Americans throw out nearly HALF of our food! Like most climate actions, this one will save you time, energy, and money as well as helping the planet.
- Share their anthem above because it's sure to brighten someone's day and it will help get the word out about this organization and its worthy cause!
Keep us posted on your seedy adventures by emailing your pics or stories to firstname.lastname@example.org, posting on our Facebook page, or sending us an Instagram or Tweet @seedstoscatter and we'll share it with your fellow marchers!
And above all, scatter with love!