The right “I”s for climate change
Since 2010 we have been supporting the development of gender responsive climate change strategies, which we call ccGAPS (climate change and gender action plans). In this process, we have learned that in order to bring a gender perspective into climate change, especially at national level, we need to move way from “business as usual”. So what does this mean? First we have identified what we call the “I”s. Every action needs to comply with a set of principles:
Inclusive: they need to ensure the participation of citizens of all groups, regardless of caste, ethnicity, religion, sex, region, age or class
Impact: for the reduction of emissions
Improve the quality of life of women/men
Increase sustainability-nature based solutions within the limits of our planet
Innovative: propose solutions outside the box
Impulse: transformational change
These are some of the actions the countries are proposing:
- A water taxi network of the Nile owned and operated by women on the Nile that both reduces emissions and provides fast, reliable public transport in a gridlocked Cairo transport system.
- A waste-to-wealth recycling project that empowers women as green entrepreneurs in Kathmandu.
- Women environmental whistleblowers on the coast of Liberia who assist the government in the collection of meteorological data to forecast the weather, act as an early-warning system for storms, and identify and report environmental offences.
- A carbon-footprint program run by community women at household level that at scale could also grow into a CDM project.
- Use mosques and poetry singers in temples in Jordan and Nepal to communicate climate change messages.
- Climate change kits in Mozambique that include traditional medicines that could help individuals and communities cope with some of the health impacts of climate change. For example, citronella to help control mosquitos and vectors that cause water-borne diseases, or moringa to help purify water when the water is contaminated, or plants that can be used as a natural sunscreen.
- Introduction of innovative solar fruit dryers technology that allows communities to dry their crops (fruits, nuts and vegetables) to preserve and store them.
- Linking tourism and new green sources of energy, through the establishment of restaurants that are only cooking with alternative energies (combination of solar, biogas, charcoal from cornstalk waste, bicycle power blenders)
In the next months we will start running these actions. We are also intensifying our work in the Pacific as well as in French-speaking countries in Africa, thanks to the support of visionary partners and donors. Are you ready to join us in the “I” challenge?