Poor Women & Children Most Hurt by Climate Change

Women and children are most harmed by climate change, particularly water issues such as drought in Africa or flooding low-lying areas in Bangladesh where almost a quarter of the land is close to sea level.[i] Women are more likely to die in disasters such as floods than men. Scarcity of water burdens girls who may spend most of the day fetching water. In some Kenyan villages women use cow urine to wash dishes and saliva to clean children’s faces. A Kenyan women’s organization called Yang’at teaches women how to build a sand dam that collects water near their homes and planting trees also helps recover water tables. Barbara Kingsolver, “The Weight of a Falling Sky,” Ms. Magazine, Winter 2015, pp. 43-47.

[i] Barbara Kingsolver, “The Weight of a Falling Sky,” Ms. Magazine, Winter 2015, pp. 43-47.

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