Readings and Links: Climate Change and Gender

Climate Change: What’s Gender Got to Do With It? How Women are Leading us to a More Sustainable Future

 Frances Julia Riemer, PhD ~


Institute for Women’s Policy Research: 

  • The leading think tank in the United States applying quantitative and qualitative analysis of public policy through a gendered lens


  • The gateway to information and resources on the promotion of gender equality and the empowerment of women throughout the United Nations 

The International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) Gender Office:

  • The global authority on the status of the natural world and the measures needed to safeguard it.  IUCN advances gender equality, including through women’s empowerment, as a Union that understands the importance of equal opportunity and inclusion, and whose policies respect diversity 

Tebtebba Foundation:

  • The Indigenous Peoples' International Centre for Policy Research and Education

WECAN Women’s Earth & Climate Action Network, International:

  • solutions based organization established to engage women worldwide in policy advocacy, on-the-ground projects, direct action, trainings, and movement building for global climate justice.

Women’s Environment and Development Organization WEDO:

  • As a global women’s advocacy organization, WEDO envisions a just world that promotes and protects human rights, gender equality and the integrity of the environment

Reading List

Susan Buckingham & Virginie Le Masson (2019). Understanding Climate Change through Gender Relations. NY: Routledge.

  • explains how gender, as a power relationship, influences climate change related strategies, and explores the additional pressures that climate change brings to uneven gender relations

 Irene Dankelman (2010). Gender and Climate Change: An Introduction. NY: Routledge/Earthscan.

  • a comprehensive introduction to the gender aspects of climate change

Nicole Detraz (2016). Gender and the Environment. NY: Polity Press.

  • examines contemporary debates around population, consumption, and security to illustrate the importance of gender

 Friends of the Earth (2015). Why Women Will Save the Planet. London: Zed Books.

  • essays by and interviews with international environmental feminist activists

Sherilyn MacGregor (2017). Routledge Handbook of Gender and Environment. NY: Routledge.

  • critical analyses of the gender dimensions of sustainable development, climate change politics, queer ecology and interspecies. 

Joane Nagel (2015). Gender and Climate Change: Impacts, Science, Policy. NY: Routledge.

  • uses a gender lens to see what has been overlooked in popular discussion, research, and policy debates concerning climate change 

Jody M. Prescott (2018). Armed Conflict, Women and Climate Change. NY: Routledge/Earthscan.

  • explores the intersection of conflict, women, and climate change 

Grace Ji-Sun Kim & Hilda P. Koster (2017). Planetary Solidarity: Global Women’s Voices on Christian Doctrine and Climate Justice. Minneapolis, MN: Fortress Press.

  • brings together leading Latina, womanist, Asian American, Anglican American, South American, Asian, European, and African woman theologians on the issues of doctrine, women, and climate justice

Sign Petition to Stop Fracking

A plea for your help, from Lynda McEvoy

Kanab Utah and local environs are under attack from an ill-conceived, unnecessary and destructive frac-sand mine proposal. I lived in Kanab for 9 years and I can tell you that the area that is planned for this monstrosity is wrong for a huge number of reasons. First of all, we need to stop fracking as it is causing problems nationwide (pollution, earthquakes, damage to the water table, is contributing to climate change, etc.), second, the planned area is pristine and is comprised of incredible natural beauty that should never be developed, plus it is far too close to Kanab, Zion and Best Friends… and the host of other reasons are outlined in the youtube video below. Please watch it and then please sign the petition in the link below the video link.

If you share this with others, we can have even more impact. This is being fought in Kanab with everything the locals can muster, but, truly, this is an issue that affects all of us who care about the earth. Please help.

Here are links to the frac sand movie and petition. Thank you in advance for sending these out to people. The more people are concerned about this, the better.

Here is another interesting article about fracked gas. We all need more information to be able to know the truth about what is driving the push for fracking.

Thanks so much,

Lynda McEvoy

Keeping the Earth: Religious and Scientific Perspectives on the Environment

Keeping the Earth: Religious and Scientific Perspectives on the Environment is now available on YouTube at:  

This inspirational video calls on all people to serve as good stewards of the natural world. This beautifully told story interweaves Judaeo-Christian values and scientific understanding to clearly state the importance of biological diversity to humankind. It clearly states our responsibility to all life on Earth whether we call it creation or refer to it as the biosphere. Leading voices from the scientific community including E.O. Wilson and Jane Lubchenko make the case from an ecological perspective and leaders from Jewish and Christian communities make the case from biblical faith perspectives. James Earl Jones lends his deep, rich voice as the narrator and beautiful nature photography adds to make this a masterpiece.

Narrator: James Earl Jones

Producers: James Seamans and Kathy Leichter

Music: Michael Whalen, Paul Winter and Living Music Records

Climate Elders tell Stories of Change

The Northern Arizona Climate Alliance (NAZCCA) gathered Climate Elders to talk about local experiences of climate changes they have seen. Local Flagstaff, AZ residents were invited to attend. This 'campfire' event was born out of the recognition that to address climate change we need the longer and deeper perspectives that elders bring to the table.