On May 18, leaders of the world’s eight largest economies (the G8) will gather at Camp David, a walled-off retreat reserved for the US President and his guests. There, they will make decisions that will affect all of us, no matter where we live.
But women’s human rights advocates refuse to be ignored. We are putting forward our own G8 agenda. We need your input to craft it.
Every day, we’ll be addressing the priorities that should be on the G8 agenda. We’re asking you to submit your comments, concerns and suggestions. Together, we can craft an agenda that voices the demands of women’s human rights advocates around the world.
Today, we’re looking at the Environment and Natural Resources:
This Is the Reality:
Land Grabbing: Small-scale women farmers in the Global South produce most of their families’ food. But their communities are being dispossessed by corporations to make way for industrial agriculture and biofuel plantations.
Extractive Industries: G8 governments have misdirected vital investment dollars into industries like oil and mining. In communities from Peru to the Congo, people are confronting the harmful practices of extractive industries on their land—often facing brutal retaliation.
Climate Change: We are fast approaching a global point of no return—irreversible climate change, including droughts and famines, unpredictable farming seasons and intensified disasters.
This Is Our Vision. Women Demand G8 Policies That:
Promote the sustainable use of resources. End policies that push cash-strapped governments to pursue short-sighted resource exploitation.
Provide access to financing for climate change adaptation at the grassroots level. That is where climate change is most acutely felt and where the most innovative solutions are emerging.
Increase investment in renewable energy sources.
Take urgent action to address climate change: impose caps on greenhouse gas emissions and work towards zero-waste, low carbon economies.
Add your voice here.
Photo credit: Elizabeth Rappaport