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Investing In Women To Reduce Effects Of Climate Change

Women “bea[r] the brunt” of weather-related disasters, but they also are “the key to stopping global warming, and to helping communities around the world adapt to the damage that has already been done,” Mary Pittman, president and CEO of the Public Health Institute (PHI), and Kavita Ramdas, executive director of Stanford University’s Program on Social Entrepreneurship, write in this post on “RH Reality Check.” They continue, “Numerous statistics and studies support the paramount importance of investing in women’s and community health as part and parcel of any climate change plan. However, the real power of this argument is in the on-the-ground experience of changing a community by investing in the ideas and initiatives of women themselves. It is these entrepreneurs who change things one person, one family, one village and one state at a time” (12/7).