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Empowering Women: Why Women Are Crucial to Solving Climate Change

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  • This video discusses the inequalities women face and how addressing them is critical to addressing climate change and reducing emissions. 
  • They focus on gender inequalities in farming, land rights, domestic duties, education, access to family planning, and decision-making at all levels of government and business. 

Teaching Tips


  • Students may not be aware of the inequalities women face or the huge positive difference it would make to climate change if they were addressed.
  • This video provides climate solutions that are also human rights solutions, focused on gender equality.

Additional Prerequisites

  • It might be helpful to provide some additional information about gender inequality to provide additional context.
  • There may be a commercial before the video.


  • Discussion questions after the video could cover topics such as:
    • What is the average age of marriage for girls in different countries?
    • Why are girls discouraged from or not allowed to go to school after a certain age in some countries or cultures?
    • Why is there a stigma associated with family planning (choosing if, when, and how many children to have)?
    • Why aren't men more involved with domestic duties?
    • Which countries prohibit women from owning land and homes, having a bank account, or starting a business?
  • Other resources on this topic include this TED talk and this report by Project Drawdown.
Scientist Notes
The resource underscores the importance of empowering women as climate leaders to help fight climate change. Bridging the gender gap and supporting girls' education can inspire productivity in all sectors of the economy. This resource is recommended for teaching.
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