The unsung hero in tackling climate change: girls' education
Climate change and its devastating consequences regularly make the news - from the uncertain future of the Paris Accord, and this week’s launch of the documentary film An Inconvenient Sequel, to the floods and droughts that are taking lives and threatening livelihoods across the world, disproportionately affecting the poorest populations. Mostly overlooked by the mainstream media, however, is the compelling evidence for one of the most effective ways of tackling climate change: girls’ education.
Population growth fuels climate change, and so by tackling birth rates through investment in girls’ education, we can achieve the greatest beneficial impact. World Bank statistics show that the difference in family size for women who have no schooling and those with 12 years of schooling is four to five children per woman.
A quality education, which includes information and guidance around family planning and female reproductive health, can open up more personal choice and greater financial independence for young women, who will in turn invest in the education of their - fewer and healthier - children.
In her latest blog in the Huffington Post, Camfed alumnae (CAMA) leader Fiona Mavhinga addresses this issue, and explains how CAMA members are paying forward their education in sustainable agriculture, further protecting our precious planet.
With so little time left to lose, let’s invest for the greatest returns.
Read Fiona’s Huffington Post blog: How Girls’ Education Can Tackle Climate Change
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Camfed is an international non-profit organisation tackling poverty and inequality by supporting girls to go to school and succeed, and empowering young women to step up as leaders of change. Camfed invests in girls and women in the poorest rural communities in sub-Saharan Africa, where girls face acute disadvantage, and where their empowerment is now transforming communities