“The ecological revolution must be feminine”, explains Claire Le Floch

Can we link gender and climate? What role do women play in the fight against climate change? 20 minutes asked Claire Le Floch, a former student of AgroParisTech, the Institute of Life Sciences and Industries and the Environment where students had made the buzz a few weeks ago by calling to “bifurcate”. They denounced a “training that pushes to participate in the ongoing social and ecological devastation” during a graduation ceremony.

An approach that the activist welcomes, while recalling the importance of “integrating all actors in the fight against climate change in order to create coalitions”. For her, “global actions are needed to be truly powerful”.

What are the links between the gender system and climate change?

Claire Le Floch, environmental activist, will lead a conference on gender and climate on Saturday. – Claire Le Floch

The climate is an extremely complex system, on which an infinite number of variables act. These variables can be approached through the prism of gender, because climate change (and therefore also the solutions proposed) have different impacts on women and men, whether on the effects of extreme episodes (drought, floods), land ownership and use.

Let’s start with the example of agriculture, one of the major levers of climate action. Studies show that women who own a plot and choose their crops would retain a biodiversity of seeds in order to ensure local and healthy food for the group, when the men would use cash crops to use the income to buy exported foodstuffs. The balance between income, the health of the group and the soil is therefore at stake…

Why should the notion of gender be taken into account in the fight against climate change?

We know that we don’t have much time left to act. To rise to the challenges, we must rethink our relationship to concepts such as domination, time, cyclicality, uncertainty and resilience. Ecofeminism movements highlight the interest of integrating women and the feminine at the negotiating table. Feminist movements think about social and political changes based on consent, with shared governance advocating synergies rather than the enslavement of humans and non-humans. If we want an ecological revolution, it must be feminine.

How is the vision of women ecological?

Gender makes it possible to globally rethink the balance of our environment and therefore to move towards change. Women’s thinking about consumption goes first to the group. Thus, they are rethinking productivity towards more locality. Women have a very holistic view: “If I plant, I no longer need to buy. »

Especially since women are among the first victims of climate change…

If you don’t own your land, if your husband has emigrated to try to bring income to the household, you are on the front line to see the direct impacts of climate change! These people are often women. Do not hesitate to read the latest UN reports on these topics.

How do we integrate gender equality into all climate policies?

I think this starts with training on feminism and on shared governance in order to make speaking time as evenly distributed as possible. In decision-making spheres, parity seems necessary to me, at the same time as social diversity. At the Acad [jeune association dont Claire Le Floch est présidente] we organize training on public speaking, but also on more democratic and more inclusive modes of governance.

A dedicated conference and a festival dedicated to the engaged economy

Claire Le Floch will be present this Saturday, June 18 at theClimate Academy (Paris 4) for a conference on gender and climate which will start at 5 p.m. This event is part of the Festival of the engaged economy including 20 minutes is a partner.
This Saturday afternoon, three conferences follow one another: a first at 2 p.m. on “Youth movements deciphered”, a second at 3:30 p.m. on “How to unite for the climate” and a last at 5 p.m. on “Gender and climate”.

On the sidelines of these conferences, other activities will take place: frescoes of the climate, exhibitions, screenings of short films by Cinéfac, games, association stands, and a workshop on ecofeminism.

Around 6:30 p.m., a more institutional speech will take place, in the presence of the Mayor of Paris, before a dj set and a participatory meal. The event is free and open to all.

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