Why Women Will Save the Planet

Why Women Will Save the Planet

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Cities across the globe are growing fast. Today many are environmental nightmares with polluted air, excessive energy consumption and an absence of nature. But big cities don't have to mean a dystopian future. They can be turned around to be powerhouses of well-being and environmental stability - if we empower women.

This book is a unique collaboration between C40 and Friends of the Earth showcasing pioneering voices in the environmental and feminist movements. This book reveals just how women's empowerment is critical to environmental sustainability. This book is a rallying call - for the planet, for women, for everyone.
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Product details

  • Paperback | 299 pages
  • 129 x 198 x 15.24mm | 385.55g
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 1783605790
  • 9781783605798
  • 441,335

Table of contents

Jenny Hawley - Introduction
1. Diane Elson, University of Essex - Women's empowerment and
environmental sustainability in the context of international UN agreements
2. Wanjira Maathai, Green Belt Movement, Kenya - Women as drivers
of forest restoration to combat climate change
3. Lyla Mehta and Melissa Leach, Institute of Development Studies,
University of Sussex - Why do gender equality and sustainability go hand
in hand?
4. Caroline Lucas, UK Green Party MP - Is there a specific role for
women in helping to achieve environmental sustainability through politics?
5. Susan Buckingham, Feminist geographer, Brunel University - The
institutionalisation and masculinisation of environmental knowledge
6. Yvonne Orengo, Andrew Lees Trust - Media empowering women in
southern Madagascar
7. Julie A. Nelson, Economist, University of Massachusetts Boston -
Empowering a balanced and useful economics of sustainability: the role of
8. Anna Fitzpatrick, Centre for Sustainable Fashion, University of
the Arts London - The role of fashion in bringing about social and
ecological change
9. Celia Alldridge, Activist with the World March of Women - How
the defence of the commons and territories has become a core part of
feminist, anti-capitalist struggles
10. Vandana Shiva, Philosopher, activist and co-author of
Ecofeminism - Hand in hand: women's empowerment and sustainability
11. Quinn Bernier, Chiara Kovarik, Ruth Meinzen-Dick and Agnes
Quisumbing, International Food Policy Research Institute - Women's
empowerment in sustainable agriculture
12. Isabel Bottoms and Amena Sharaf, Egyptian Centre for Economic
and Social Rights - The impacts of environmental mismanagement on Egypt's
13. Nathalie Holvoet and Liesbeth Inberg, University of Antwerp -
How gender-sensitive are National Adaptation Programmes of Action?
Selected findings from a desk review of thirty-one sub-Saharan African
14. Shukri Haji Ismail Bandare and Fatima Jibrell, NGO leaders
- Women, conflict and the environment in Somali society
15. Esther Mwangi, Centre for International Forestry Research
(CIFOR) - Gender, participation and community forestry: lessons from
beneath the canopy
16. Barbara Stocking, Former CEO of Oxfam GB - Putting gender
equality at the heart of Oxfam's work
17. Nidhi Tandon, Networked Intelligence for Development, Canada -
From individual to communal rights: empowering women for sustainable use
of natural resources
18. Maria Mies, Sociologist, activist and co-author of Ecofeminism
- Mother Earth
19. Sarah Fisher, Population and Sustainability Network - Sexual
and reproductive health and rights: a win-win for women and sustainability
20. Kate Metcalf and colleagues, UK Women's Environmental Network -
The power of grassroots action for women's empowerment and the environment
21. Marylyn Haines Evans, National Federation of Women's Institutes
- One hundred years of collective action for environmental change
22. Juliet Davenport, CEO of Good Energy - The impact of gender
balance in the renewable energy sector
23. Emma Howard Boyd, 30% Club for women in business leadership -
More women in business for a sustainable economy
24. Fiona Reynolds, Former director general of the National Trust -
Sustainability is about people
25. Cathy Newman, Journalist and TV presenter for Channel 4 News,
UK - Sexism and gender equality in British politics
26. Sarah Richardson, Historian, University of Warwick - Mistresses
of their own destiny: a history of women's empowerment in nineteenth-century
British politics
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Review quote

`This book is a wake-up call for the environmental movement. It shows conclusively that women's empowerment is essential to achieving environmental sustainability. This has been a blind-spot for us for far too long. Under my leadership, I am determined that Friends of the Earth will take this issue seriously, build campaigning alliances with women's groups and mainstream gender equality throughout our work.'
Craig Bennett, CEO of Friends of the Earth

`You can't save the planet without equality ... We need a new economics informed by the larger picture, an economy that puts women and the Earth at the centre.'
Vandana Shiva

`Hope is a potent catalyst. And while our failure to adequately appreciate and guard against ecological destruction fills me with frustration, my hope is not meek or weak. It is urgent and raging. It's a hope that believes a better world - away from cyclical war, the annihilation of the earth's treasures and the grinding down of the poor - is possible.'
Caroline Lucas MP

'...this book is relevant to a wide audience (arguably everyone): to inform our understanding of discrimination against women, and to provide inspiring insight and encouragement into opportunities for achieving not only gender equality but environmental sustainability too.'
Environment and Urbanization
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About Friends of the Earth

For more than forty years Friends of the Earth has seen that the well-being of people and planet go hand in hand - and it's been the inspiration for our campaigns. Together with thousands of people like you we've secured safer food and water, defended wildlife and natural habitats, championed the move to clean energy and acted to keep our climate stable.

This book forms part of our three-year research project Big Ideas Change the World, which aims to inspire a new campaigning journey for Friends of the Earth and others. It is collaboratively researching ten topics, including the future of cities, innovation, women's empowerment and the history of change. It starts from the premise that humans are ingenious and have enormous capacity for collaboration and empathy, even though right now we are doing some pretty stupid things.

Big Ideas Change the World will identify what needs to change to focus some of humanity's amazing abilities on solving the challenges we face and building a brighter future for everyone.

Find out more and get involved at www.foe.co.uk/bigideas
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