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Warming tougher on women: Nobel laureate

Climate change is harder on women in poor countries, where mothers stayin areas hit by drought, deforestation or crop failure as men move toliterally greener pastures, a Nobel Peace laureate said this week.


Climate change is harder on women in poor countries, where mothers stay in areas hit by drought, deforestation or crop failure as men move to literally greener pastures, a Nobel Peace laureate said this week.

“Many destructive activities against the environment disproportionately affect women, because most women in the world, and especially in the developing world, are very dependent on primary natural resources: Land, forests, waters,” said Wangari Maathai of Kenya.

“Women are very immediately affected, and usually women and children can’t run away,” said Maathai, who won the 2004 Nobel Peace Prize for her work on sustainable development.

“Men can trek and go looking for greener pastures in other areas in other countries ... but for women, they’re usually left on site to face the consequences,” she said.


 
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