As COP28, 2023’s climate summit, begins at the close of the hottest year on record, the urgency around climate action is once more in the headlines.
Less discussed are the intersectionality of gender equality, climate justice and education, and the disproportionate impact of the climate crisis on children and youth. But this needs to be front and center.
In a special session held at the RewirED Summit at COP28 UAE, gender equality and climate advocates shined a light on this critical element of climate action. They discussed how gender-transformative education, meaning comprehensive and inclusive education that challenges and transforms harmful gender norms, can be crucial to solutions that mitigate climate change.
We spoke to the 3 youth experts on the panel to find out more:
Salha Aziz, Executive Director for Binti Salha Foundation and GPE Youth Leader, Tanzania
“Education is not only about acquiring knowledge but also about fostering economic independence and ensuring good health, which are essential components of sustainable development.”
Renata Koch Alvarenga, Founder & Executive Director of EmpoderaClima, Brazil
“What motivates me to call gender-transformative climate change education is seeing the power of educating girls in solving the climate crisis.”
Nelly Beatriz Yaguachi Caiza, Puruha leader of the Because I Am A Girl Movement in Guamote, Ecuador
“As an indigenous woman, I have seen the consequences of climate change situations in my community, and most of them affect girls and young women.”