Why Women Will Save The Planet

Friends of the Earth

Why Women Will Save The Planet

Friends of the Earth

Distributed for Zed Books

213 pages | 5 x 9 | © 2015
Cloth $95.00 ISBN: 9781783605804 Published December 2015 For sale in North and South America only
This provocative collection gathers essays and interviews from the leading lights of the international environmental and feminist movements to mount a powerful case that gender equality is essential to environmental progress. Up to now, women’s issues have been largely ignored by major environmental and conservation groups, but in We Should All Be Ecofeminists contributors like Vandana Shiva, Caroline Lucas, and Maria Mies help us see the undeniable links between the two. Using specific case studies, the contributors lay out the ways in which women’s issues intersect with environmental issues, and they detail concrete steps that organizations and campaigners big and small can take to ensure that they are pursuing these goals in tandem. A rallying cry designed to unify—and thus strengthen—two crucial movements in the global fight for social justice, this book will spur action and, crucially, collaboration.
About the contributors

Jenny Hawley

1. Diane Elson
University of Essex
Women’s empowerment and environmental sustainability in the context of international UN agreements

2. Wanjira Maathai
Green Belt Movement, Kenya
Women as divers of forest restoration to combat climate change

3. Lyla Mehta and Melissa Leach
Institute of Development Studies, University of Sussex
Why do gender equality and sustainability go hand in hand?

4. Caroline Lucas
UK Green Party MP
Is there a specific role for women in helping to achieve environmental sustainability through politics?

5. Susan Buckingham 
Feminist geographer, Brunel University
The Institutionalisation and masculinisation of environmental knowledge

6. Yvonne Orengo 
Andrew Lees Trust
Media empowering women in southern Madagascar 

7. Julie A. Nelson
Economist, University of Massachusetts Boston
Empowering a balanced and useful economics of sustainability: the role of gender

8. Anna Fitzpatrick 
Centre for Sustainable Fashion, University of the Arts London 
The role of fashion in bringing about social and ecological change

9. Celia Alldridge
Activist with the World March of Women
How the defence of the commons and territories has become a core part of feminist, anti-capitalist struggles

10. Vandana Shiva
Philosopher, activist and co-author of Ecofeminism
Hand in hand: women’s empowerment and sustainability 

11. Quinn Bernier, Chiara Kovarik, Ruth Meinzen-Dick and Agnes Quisumbing
International Food Policy Research Institute
Women’s empowerment in sustainable agriculture 

12. Isabel Bottoms and Amena Sharaf 
Egyptian Centre for Economic and Social Rights
The Impacts of environmental mismanagement on Egypt’s poor

13. Nathalie Holvoet and Liesbeth Inberg
Univeristy of Antwerp
How gender-sensitive are National Adaptation Programmes of Action? Selected findings from a desk review of thirty-one sub-Saharan African countries

14. Shukri Haji Ismail Bandare and Fatima Jibrell 
NGO leaders
Women, conflict and the environment in Somali society

15. Esther Mwangi
Centre for International Forestry Research (CIFOR) 
Gender, participation and community forestry: lessons from beneath the canopy

16. Barbara Stocking
Former CEO of Oxfam GB
Putting gender equality at the heart of Oxfam’s work

17. Nidhi Tandon
Networked Intelligence for Development, Canada
From individual to communal rights: empowering women for sustainable use of natural resources 

18. Maria Mies
Sociologist, activist and co-author of Ecofeminism 
Mother Earth

19. Sarah Fisher
Population and Sustainability Network
Sexual and reproductive health and rights: a win-win for women and sustainability 

20. Kate Metcalf and colleagues
UK Women’s Environmental Network
The power of grassroots action for women’s empowerment and the environment

21. Marylyn Haines Evans
National Federation of Women’s Institutes
One hundred years of collective action for environmental change

22. Juliet Davenport
CEO of Good Energy
The impact of gender balance in the renewable energy sector

23. Emma Howard Boyd
30% Club for women in business leadership
More women is business for a sustainable economy

24. Fiona Reynolds
Former director general of the National Trust
Sustainability is about people

25. Cathy Newman
Journalist and TV presenter for Channel 4 News, UK
Sexism and gender equality in British Politics 

26. Sarah Richardson 
Historian, University of Warwick
Mistresses of their own destiny: a history of women’s empowerment in nineteenth-century British Politics
Review Quotes
Craig Bennett, CEO of Friends of the Earth

“This book is a wake-up call for the environmental movement. It shows conclusively that women’s empowerment is essential to achieving environmental sustainability. This has been a blind-spot for us for far too long. Under my leadership, I am determined that Friends of the Earth will take this issue seriously, build campaigning alliances with women's groups and mainstream gender equality throughout our work. 

Vandana Shiva

“You can’t save the planet without equality. . . . We need a new economics informed by the larger picture, an economy that puts women and the Earth at the centre.”

Caroline Lucas, MP

“Hope is a potent catalyst. And while our failure to adequately appreciate and guard against ecological destruction fills me with frustration, my hope is not meek or weak. It is urgent and raging. It’s a hope that believes a better world—away from cyclical war, the annihilation of the earth’s treasures and the grinding down of the poor—is possible.”

“Women will save the planet, and Friends of the Earth compiled this collection of essays, edited by freelancer Hawley, to tell readers why and how as part of their Big Ideas Change the World Project. . . . While the narratives are specific to each contributor’s local environmental issues, women’s roles universally are often as ‘invisible economic and political actors—economic systems often ignore women’s contributions, and political systems exclude, while women work at the grassroots level to improve living conditions for their families and communities. . . . Recommended.”
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