Empowering Female Climate Change Activists in the Global South: The Path Toward Environmental Social Justice (Paperback)

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Empowering Female Climate Change Activists in the Global South: The Path Toward Environmental Social Justice (Paperback)

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The COP27 climate change conference in Sharm El Sheikh, Egypt made it clear that fighting global warming will require continuing commitment, cooperation, and collaborative action from multiple constituencies around the world. Urging readers from the Global North to rethink their approaches and potential contributions to long-term change, Empowering Female Climate Change Activists in the Global South explains how woman climate change leaders are confronting patriarchal structures to achieve social justice.

Examining the lived experiences of woman climate change activists based in rural areas, Peg Spitzer presents eighty-five original interviews that feature women whose careers in business, education, politics, and the arts have championed women's rights in Asia, environmental defenders who have established projects in Asia, Africa, and Latin America, and woman farmers in three Indian villages who have faced climate-related droughts and floods. Suggesting ways in which successful climate change amelioration and adaptation led by women in the Global South may be replicated elsewhere, Spitzer also considers how NGOs and other organizations from the Global North can best contribute to facilitating positive changes in the communities where they work by focusing on empathetic cooperation.

Addressing the urgent need to develop gender-just solutions that uplift and empower those who are experiencing environmental degradation in their communities, Empowering Female Climate Change Activists in the Global South uncovers the flaws in current combative structures and strategies and re-examines scholarly research at the nexus of feminism, transnational advocacy, and hierarchies of need.

Peggy Ann Spitzer is Research Professor in the College of Arts and Sciences at the State University of New York at Stony Brook, USA. She holds a bachelor's degree from the University of Minnesota and master's and doctoral degrees from American University in Washington, D.C. - all in International Relations. She lectures and conducts workshops on women's leadership in global climate change adaptation through environmental and gender equity strategies and oral histories. Peg has co-authored four scholarly articles and four book chapters (two of which won awards) on the social and cultural aspects of climate change; and one case study on the United Nations' Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). In addition, she developed two digital oral history projects, one on women in US-Asian relations and the other on the implementation of a women-led irrigation technology in India. Prior to her work on climate change, Peg wrote a series of short biographies on women leaders in local communities; and served as a program consultant, with a specialty in Asian and Asian American studies, in Washington, D.C. for the Kluge Center for International Scholars (Library of Congress), Freer and Sackler Gallery (Smithsonian), Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, and the East-West Center. Currently, she serves as a jury member for the Gender Just Climate Awards program through the United Nations Framework Convention for Climate Change; and represents Stony Brook University in the Paris Committee on Capacity Building Network.
Product Details ISBN: 9781803829227
ISBN-10: 1803829222
Publisher: Emerald Publishing Limited
Publication Date: July 21st, 2023
Pages: 216
Language: English