Soon-Young Picks

Best overview

UNFPA and WEDO: Climate Change Connections

Ever wish you had an “A-B-C” on gender, population and climate change? Need a simple definition of climate change? This resource kit is well argued, easy to follow and turns science into understandable human languages. Yes, it is available in French as well.

Science matters

Intergovernmental panel on climate change: Managing the risks of extreme events and disasters to advance climate change adaptation-summary for policy makers

It’s a long title and a very big scientific report, but this summary is clear and to the point. Although the report does not specifically cover gender issues, it puts that dimension into the broader context of “economic, social, geographic, demographic, cultural institutional, governance, and environmental factors”. I’ve come to accept the ecological use of “vulnerable groups” that includes women as a non-derogatory term; it doesn’t necessarily negate women as change agents.

A Short Backgrounder on Energy

Global Gender Climate Alliance (GGCA): Policy Briefs: gender and energy

Fetus Mogae, former President of Botswana, once asked me “So what does gender equality have to do with energy”? This brief lays that issue out, arguing that if engender the concept of energy production, use, and consumption, we will move the energy sector onto a sustainable track. The GGCA has a rich library of resources on gender and climate change (some in Spanish). For more good publications, see their website:


WHO: Gender, Climate Change and Health

WHO pulled together the scant evidence on gender, climate change and health into this informative publication? While most of us think of climate change as a rural issue—forests and oceans—this report reminds us that poor women in urban areas are most vulnerable due to the high population density of cities and large scale of devastation.

A Very Good Book

Irene Dankelman editor: Gender and climate change: an introduction

Irene Dankelman, one of the world’s foremost experts on gender, climate change and sustainable development, introduces this book with a theoretical analysis exploring the interconnection between gender, environment and climate change. From feminist’s theory to good data charts, and onto strategies and action, this collective body of articles by outstanding scholars and practitioners is a must for women’s studies students of the environment.