Margaret Atwood, the renowned author, has recently attended the Under Her Eye summit in London. There, she commented on our future, which is linked to the oceans. Plastic pollution has gotten out of hand, and she said that
“Something has to be done… If the ocean dies; end of us.”
Climate Change Affects Women More
At the conference, among the environmental issues, there were also discussions on how greatly climate change affects women.
The event hosted many policy makers, artists, and science.
Margaret Atwood explained how women are more impacted by climate change:
“In a lot of the world women are in fact the food producers, and they’re also the people who care for their families. The hotter it gets, the lower your harvest is going to be. If you have a flood, that’s going to wipe you out. Women under those situations are going to suffer disproportionately.”
Spending 200 Million Hours Per Day To Fetch Water
All over the world, women and girls spend 200 million hours per day on fetching water, according to Hakima El Haité, who was the former Minister of Environment in Morocco. She said:
“The link between climate change, poverty and women is very, very close.”
One of the solutions to this problem is to have more women at the table when it comes to top-level climate negotiations, said Christiana Figueres, a former UN diplomat who was involved in the 2015 Paris agreement.
Hakima El Haité thinks that there are many solutions:
“We first have to increase women negotiators…. This is still a male arena.”
She explained that more women should learn how to swim to avoid climate disasters. Other solutions to reduce plastic problems were presented by Kath Clements, with the UK company Mooncup.
They create re-usable menstrual cups, which can help tackle the “1.5 billion menstrual products flushed in the UK annually.”
Other organizations are also searching for a way to reduce disposable plastic products.
“Something has to be done about plastic going into the ocean, and it has to be done pretty quick… That’s where 60-80% of the oxygen than we breathe comes from. We need that ocean to remain alive if we’re going to have any hope at all,” concluded Margaret Atwood.
Andre Blair s is the lead editor for Advocator.ca. He holds a B.A. in Psychology from the University of Toronto, and a Master of Science in Public Health (M.S.P.H.) from the School of Public Health, Department of Health Administration, at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Andre specializes in environmental health, but writes on a variety of issues.