Author Margaret Atwood Says Humanity’s Future is Linked to the Survival of Ocean Ecosystems
Commenting on ocean plastic pollution, she said, “Something has to be done… If the ocean dies; end of us.” Ms Atwood was speaking at the Under Her Eye summit in London.
The conference, held at the British Library, also heard that climate change disproportionately affects women on a global scale.
Having written frequently in her novels about the impacts of climate change, Ms Atwood described the conditions which she believes currently disadvantage women.
“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.”
Morocco’s former Minister of Environment Hakima El Haité agreed, citing the time women and girls spend fetching water – estimated to be over 200 million hours per day globally. “The link between climate change, poverty and women is very, very close,” she said.
For Haité, the solutions to the gender imbalance are several fold. “We first have to increase women negotiators…. This is still a male arena.” She is also in favor of social change which would see more women learn how to swim, so they are not caught by flooding when working in agriculture.Disclaimer:We do not allow users to post content which is copyright and We take strict actions against the users who post infringement content on our website.Although we do not host any content, users post embed videos from youtube, facebook, Dailymotion and Vimeo and are moderated before posting but we still take strict action against the copyright videos posted.If you are an official representative of any company whose videos are posted illegally on our website or you think some video infringe the copyright then you can simply send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org