Reflections from Sustainability Week 2018: A sustainable society is an equal one
Climate in itself does not discriminate, but people do. As a result, says Fem Fighters, women make up 80% of the world's climate refugees and are fourteen times more likely to die during a disaster. Our duty is to think about why.
Some would claim that women and nature are equally oppressed by capitalist and patriarchal systems and therefore bridge, while others say that women tend to rely more on natural resources. What is known, though, is that the fight for environmental and social justice is greatly empowered by women’s movements all over the world.
On the 25th of April 2018, Fem Fighters conducted a role-play privilege walk and opened a discussion on two case studies, both built and operated by women’s movements. Love Canal, a fight for justice for the inhabitants of a school and housing district built on toxic waste, and a recycling revolution by Taiwanese women, are just two examples of how environmental movement has, and will continue to be, revolutionised by individuals and groups whom in other contexts are marginalised.
The discussion continued on Friday 27th of April where Fem Fighters invited us to think about why it is critical that men get involved in countering the patriarchy. Together, they and the participants created an atmosphere that not only raised the level of awareness on these issues, but also contributed to an understanding and self reflection that extended beyond the workshop setting, out into the daily lives and onwards.
Text: Lina Lockean, Student Reporter Sustainability Week in Lund 2018