Feminism And Climate Change

Workshop tells us Climate Change can happen with feminism.

I attended the feminism and climate camp workshop today to see if the feminist movement could help me look at a way forward from Climate Change. I was not disappointed. Elizabeth Carolla faciliatated the workshop encouraging thoughts on how climate change and feminism can be seen as a shared movement. Today we live in a patriarchal, capitalist world which violently opresses feminism as a dated and rejected concept. The women and men present were encouraged and empowered to envision an alternative to this situation by embracing feminism. Despite media representations of feminity that encourage feminism to be rejected, dismissed, or stereotyped, we were encouraged to reject this false image. Feminism is an opportunity for non-male, non-white, or non-anythings to recognise themselves; a communicating, respectful, and accepting attitude. During the discussion we looked at the best positive or negative outcome in the next ten years for women, and the segregated alike. Are men and women to become cloned copies of the ideologised feminity and masculinity? Are we to increasingly become a segregated community that rarely talks or listens, plugged into our Ipods? I think I'll be unplugging for a while, and next time my fifteen year old sister tells me she can't walk out the door with make-up I will be telling her otherwise.