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Ecofeminismo. O que é?

Ecofeminism. Which is?

Ecofeminism. What is it?

Air pollution, deforestation, species extinction, floods, fires and soil degradation are words we are used to hearing daily. A few decades ago, these phenomena were a distant scenario, but today they are a sad reality and represent a great threat to the planet.

Another topic with which we are quite familiar is that of women's rights and gender equality. Despite the advances and achievements that have been noted lately, men continue to have more opportunities, more income, more rights and fewer obligations than women.

To bring these two very pertinent themes together, the concept of ecofeminism appeared. Have you heard? Although this term may seem new to most people, it had its origin in 1974, when the French feminist Francoise d'Eaubonne published the book “Le Feminism ou la Mort”, which in Portuguese means Feminism or Death.

ecofeminism is defined as one of the aspects of the feminist movement that links the struggle for equal rights and opportunities between men and women and the defense of environment and its preservation.

This movement arises because, despite women being much less responsible than men for the environmental impacts on the planet, as they usually earn and consume less than them, they suffer more from the consequences and fight more for change, according to studies made by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change. This gender inequality in the areas of sustainability and climate change is still quite noticeable in the following ways:

  • The underrepresentation of women in decision-making institutions related to the environment;
  • Gender inequality in adaptation and mitigation strategies;
  • Gender differences in the effects of climate change;

 

To motivate you to take the initiative in this field, get to know three of the women who played (and still have) a key role in the fight for our planet!

 

RACHEL CARSON (1907-1964)

In 1962, Rachel Carson, an American marine biologist, published Silent Spring - a work that opened our eyes to the dangers of using pesticides and which contributed to the awakening of environmental awareness. Thanks to her, Earth Day began to be celebrated and the United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) was created.

 

WANGARI MAATHAI (1940-2011)

Wangari Maathai was the founder of the Green Belt Movement and from a very early age her life was full of historic achievements. Born in Nyeri, rural Kenya, Maathai graduated in Biological Sciences in Kansas. She held a Master of Science at the University of Pittsburgh and became the first woman from Central Africa to complete a PhD degree. Maathai was also the first African to receive a Nobel Peace Prize, in 2004. The Green Belt Movement, which has planted more than 51 million trees in Kenya to fight deforestation, was created with the aim of to strengthen rural communities, especially women, to fight for climate change, education and female empowerment.

 

Greta Thunberg (2003 - present)

Greta Thunberg is a young Swedish activist who started an international movement to fight climate change. Alone and with the phrase “School strike for the climate” handwritten on a poster, Greta started skipping school on Fridays and protesting outside the Swedish Parliament.Thanks to social media, his movement went viral and influenced millions of young people to organize protests across the globe

In 2018 and 2019 she traveled the world to meet with global leaders and speak at events and assemblies, demanding climate solutions and a new commitment to the Paris Agreement . Greta was present at major international events, such as the UN Climate Conference or the World Economic Forum, always traveling in alternative means of transport to the plane. In 2019, just 16 years old, Greta Thunberg was nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize.

 

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