Want to fight climate change? Educate girls

Young girl in South Africa

Young girl in Leliefontein, Namaqualand, South Africa. (© CSA/Green Renaissance)

In sub-Saharan Africa, 52 million girls do not attend school. This doesn’t only translate to a lack of job opportunities and poverty — it also means lower climate resilience: Studies have found that for every additional year of school a girl receives (on average), her country’s climate resilience measurably improves.

“While rarely considered together, progress in girls’ education and climate change are integrally connected,” writes Alice Ruhweza, vice president of programs and partnerships at Conservation International Africa, in a recently published post.

Girls who are taught about reproductive health and family planning, for example, have fewer children, which is one of the best ways to slow climate change. Education, meanwhile, enables girls to pursue careers in conservation, science and economics.

“If the 52 million girls currently out of school in Africa are given a chance to go to school, they will grow to become change makers and problem solvers for Africa and the planet,” Ruhweza writes.

Read the full article here.

Olivia DeSmit is a staff writer for Conservation International. 

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  1. Andy Kadir-Buxton says

    ‘Water Wells For Africa’ says that each water well dug produces enough water for 2,000 people , it also quadruples food production, brings the Birth Rate down to Western Levels within three months (known as the Buxton Gap), and the green circles around the water wells can be seen from space. Women, who do the work of getting most of the water, are saved from a laborious and dangerous job. I am sure many reading this will remember the true story of a woman committing suicide after breaking her only water pot while doing this job on behalf of her family. A water well was dug by a Charity in the area where she had lived when the story became public knowledge.

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