The former executive secretary of the U.N. Framework Convention on Climate Change sees women as the solution to climate change, rather than victims.
As Told to Eric J. Lyman
Christiana Figueres. (Illustration: Piotr Lesniak)
When I was 12 or 13, I remember going to the jungle and seeing the golden toad, a bright-colored amphibian that lived in only one small part of Costa Rica. By , the toad was extinct. My two daughters would not be able to have the same experience I had. According to many experts, the disappearance of the golden toad was the first extinction attributable to manmade climate change.
Women are key. More women than men suffer under extreme poverty, they are responsible for feeding their families, they have to walk long distances for food and water and often risk being assaulted along the way, and they are more vulnerable to extreme weather events. But if women can be empowered, they can be part of the solution to climate change, rather than victims.
Climate change is still the most important issue of our time.
Explore more stories from the March/April 2017 issue of Pacific Standard.