Women “will bear the brunt” of climate change catastrophe, Hillary Clinton warned in a “Women and Human Rights” speech at Georgetown University Monday.
“Women will, once again, be primarily burdened with the problems of climate change” – such as foraging for food, gathering fire wood, and choosing a new home, Clinton predicted:
“With respect to the rest of the world, I would say particularly for women, you’re absolutely right, they will bear the brunt of looking to the food, looking for the fire wood, looking for the place to migrate to when all of the grass is finally gone as the desertification moves south and you have to keep moving your livestock or your crops are no longer growing, they are burning up in the intense heat that we are now seeing reported across North Africa into the Middle East and into India.
“So, yes, women once again will be primarily burdened with the problems of climate change.”
Women should prepare for coming responsibilities of climate change by “agitating for drought-resistant seeds they can “nurture” when they’re “toiling to grow enough food to feed their own family” like the female farmers in other countries. Clinton advised:
“Planting trees is really important. Helping to move towards more drought-resistant kinds of trees and shrubbery, just to try to save the soil, try to create some shade, try to give something to eat, agitating for drought-resistant seeds and seedlings that can be planted and nurtured because remember, 60 percent of the smallholder farmers in the world are women. I'm talking about less than an acre in most instances.
“So they are out there toiling to grow enough food to feed their own family and maybe a little extra to go to market."