Paper $14.95 ISBN: 9781786993144 Published March 2018 For sale in North and South America, Australia, and New Zealand only

Why Women Will Save the Planet

Friends of the Earth and C40 Cities Group

Why Women Will Save the Planet

Friends of the Earth and C40 Cities Group

Distributed for Zed Books

304 pages | 5 x 7 3/4 | © 2018
Paper $14.95 ISBN: 9781786993144 Published March 2018 For sale in North and South America, Australia, and New Zealand only
Cities across the globe are growing fast and many simply unsustainable, 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 sustainability—if we empower women.

C40 Cities Group, a global network of the largest and greenest cities across the planet, is leading the way by delivering practical environmental changes right now. The mayors and city leaders of C40 are committed to make cities good for people and the planet. To help realize this, they have launched Women4Climate, an initiative to promote and support women as climate leaders.

This book is a unique collaboration between C40 and Friends of the Earth showcasing pioneering city mayors, key voices in the environmental and feminist movements, and academics. The articles and interviews collectively demonstrate both the need for women’s empowerment for climate action and the
powerful change it can bring. They are a rallying call for the planet, for women, and for everyone.
Contents
Acknowledgements
Foreword
Annie Hidalgo
Mayor of Paris and Chair of C40 Cities
 
Introduction
Nicola Baird
 
1 Christiana Figueres
Architect of the Paris Climate Change Agreement, Conference of the Parties (CoP) 21
The power of stubborn optimism
 
2 Patricia Espinosa
Executive Secretary, United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change
Empowering women to power up the Paris Climate Change Agreement
 
3 Susan Buckingham
Independent gender research and consultant and feminist geographer, Cambridge, UK
The hissing of summer lawns: cities, gender and climate change
 
4 Zandile Gumede
Mayor of Durban, South Africa
What’s happening in Durban: from ‘tree-preneurs’ to trendsetters
 
5 Diane Elson
University of Essex
Women’s empowerment and environmental sustainability in the context of international UN agreements
 
6 Alexandra Palt
Chief Corporate Responsibility Officer, L’Oréal, Paris
Walking the talk: empowering tomorrow’s women leaders
 
7 Lola Young
House of Lords, London
How holistic thinking benefits people and the planet
 
8 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 countries
 
9 Atti Worku
Founder and CEO of Seeds of Africa, a non-profit changing the face of education in Adama, Ethiopia
Why educating girls is essential for a sustainable future
 
10 Shukri Haji Ismail Bandare and Fatima Jibrell
NGO leaders
Women, conflict and the environment in Somali society
 
11 Karin Nansen
Chair of Friends of the Earth International, Uruguay
The close ties between social and environmental justice
 
12 Gotelind Alber
GenderCC: Women for Climate Justice, Berlin
Engendering urban climate policy
 
13 Lyla Mehta and Melissa Leach
Institute of Development Studies, Unviersity of Sussex
Why do gender equality and sustainability go hand in hand?
 
14 Naoko Ishii
CEO and Chairperson, Global Environment Facility, Washington DC
The benefits of using a gender lens
 
15 Caroline Lucas
UK Green Party MP
Is there a specific role for women in helping to achieve environmental sustainability through politics?
 
16 Julie A. Nelson
Economist, University of Massachusetts, Boston
Empowering a balanced and useful economics of sustainability: the role of gender
 
17 Vandana Shiva
Philosopher, activist and co-author of Ecofeminism
Hand in hand: women’s empowerment and sustainability
 
18 Celia Alldridge
Activist with World March of Women
How the defence of the commons and territories has become a core part of feminist, anti-capitalist struggles
 
19 Maria Mies
Sociologist, activity and co-author of Ecofeminism
Mother Earth
 
20 Jude Kelly
Artistic Director of Southbank Centre, London
From icebergs to climate refugees
 
21 Nidhi Tandon
Networked Intelligence for Development, Canada
From individual to communal rights: empowering women for sustainable use of natural resources
 
22 Anna Fitzpatrick
Centre for Sustainable Fashion, University of the Arts London
The role of fashion in bringing about social and ecological change
 
23 Carina Hirsch
The Margaret Pyke Trust, with the Population & Sustainability Network
Family planning: a win-win for women and sustainability
 
24 Kate Metcalf and colleagues
UK Women’s Environmental Network
The power of grassroots action for women’s empowerment and the environment
 
25 Marylyn Haines Evans
National Federation of Women’s Institutes
One hundred years of collective action for environmental change
 
26 Juliet Davenport
CEO of Good Energy
The impact of gender balance in the renewable energy sector
 
27 Emma Howard Boyd
Chair, Environment Agency and 30% Club for women in business leadership
More women in business for a sustainable economy
 
Notes
About the contributors
 
Review Quotes
Vandana Shiva
“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 center.”
Local Environment
“Provides a depth and breadth of diverse perspectives to answer yes to the question: ‘Could women’s empowerment transform the chances of achieving environmental sustainability?.’”
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