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[Policy Brief] Gender and Climate Change

“The absence of women, particularly those from the global South, from national and international discussions and decision-making on climate change and development must change. The battle to protect the environment is not solely about technological innovation – it is also about empowering women and their communities to hold their governments accountable for results.” Mary Robinson and Wangari Maathai As part of my assessments this term for a class on Climate Change and Development, I wrote a policy brief on gender and climate change. I have been following this topic since I started my work at the UNFCCC. For this assessment, I got a distinction so I found it will be good to share it with you. Here is the second page of that brief: You can download the full copy here: PolicyBrief Advertisements

[Academic essay] Climate Change: A global problem that needs both global and local solutions

Here is my academic essay from my Understanding Global Environmental Change class. Introduction Climate change is an environmental issue that has gained much of the world’s attention in recent years. From Al Gore’s An Inconvenient Truth in 2006, the Paris Agreement in 2015, to Donald Trump’s recent political decisions, climate change has become one of the most talked about and hotly debated issues both in media and politics. Despite 90-100 percent scientific consensus on anthropogenic climate change (Cook, et al. 2013, Orestes 2004, Doran and Zimmerman 2009, Anderegg et al. 2009, Carlton et al. 2015), there still seems to be an ongoing debate whether or not it is real, at a time when many vulnerable countries already experience climate change impacts. The Earth has seen climate change throughout its history; natural causes such as variations in sunlight and volcanic eruptions (National Aeronautic Space Administration, n.d.) have contributed to this. However, while these natural causes still affect the Earth’s changing climate today, their influence is now considered too small and they occur too slowly to explain …