The Internet is melting down with the number of articles and comments about a resolution proposed by a group of Democrats in the US Congress suggesting that effects of climate change can turn women to prostitution. But the puerile giggles of journalists, politicians and the vast “un-intelligentsia” cannot detract from the validity of a document that puts the literal human cost of all the earthquakes, hurricanes, floods and drought right in front of us.
Resolution 36, recognizes the disproportionate effect that climate change has on women and desperate measures that they will go to in order to provide for their families. It supports this by stating:
- the number of people living in extreme poverty could increase by up to 3 billion by 2050
- women farmers are estimated to produce 60 to 80 percent of the food in most developing countries
- Hurricane Katrina displaced more than 83 percent of the low-income, single mothers living in the Gulf region of the US
Their proposal calls for the development of policies that take in into account the specific impacts of climate change on women. It asks for support, education and training to help build the resilience of women in poverty. Finally, it empowers these women by including them in the development of policies and action plans so they have a say in issues addressing climate change.
Perhaps the detractors of this resolution have spent too much time puzzling over which new android phone to get or where to take their next vacation to realize how much of the world lives in abject and extreme poverty.
Maybe it’s nervous laughter – because they don’t get it.