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Catalysing Change: Women as Agents of Change to Protect the Environment
May 31, 2019 @ 6:00 pm - 7:30 pmFree
Hosted by C.A.R.E – Climate Arts for Resilient Environments as part of the Longhouse Dialogues.
This session will cover several topics through lecture and workshop group sessions focus that will focus on catalyzing action on climate change and women, encompassing issues of representation, economic participation and decision-making; and shared value systems and needs of women and across gender identities. This session is fueled by ideas generation and creativity through accessible dialogue in building consensus on priority areas for addressing climate impacts by women and gender diverse participants as agents of change.
Women and Indigenous women throughout BC and Canada have expert knowledge of climate change impacts and priorities at local and regional levels, not least because of the ways in which climate change increasingly affects their multiple work roles, responsibilities, and the health and well-being of both women and those whom they support. Women are currently under-represented at all levels of climate change decision-making in the province and nationally, particularly in acknowledging their understanding of complex socio-economic impacts. Empowering women to act on climate change is a priority listed by the Government of Canada – but effective avenues to do this need to be better understood and articulated.
Indigenous women have experienced the impacts of climate change across generations. They have also been leaders in conserving the environment and biodiversity management for millennia. Their knowledge and unique experiences in tackling climate change greatly contribute to adaptation and mitigation actions across diverse communities. The recognition of their vast knowledge and experience need to be integrated in decision-making and in considering ways of inclusive participation across diverse groups.
In this session active forms of participating, drawing from Indigenous knowledge and other forms of contribution from citizen science to community place-making and government partnerships will be discussed as examples for youth to adults of all abilities to take on board as active agents. These case studies of action will further aim to support climate resilience, particularly among the more vulnerable populations, with a social equity lens.