New video brings women’s stories of climate change to the forefront

As you may know, the world’s population is set to hit 7 billion on October 31st.

As Miriam pointed out back in July, coverage of global issues related to population, health, and development can easily take on an alarmist tone, and often missing from the conversation are the voices of the people most affected.

That’s why this stunning video “Weathering Change” by Population Action International is so welcome and important.

“Weathering Change” follows women in Ethiopia, Nepal and Peru as they struggle to care for their families while enduring crop failures and water scarcity. The film shows that women and families are already adapting to the climate change challenges that threaten their health and their livelihoods, and allows women to tell their own stories to illustrate this point, from their own points of view. I think it does a great job of showing the disproportionate effects of climate change on women and their families in the global south, without being sensationalist or relying on alienating statistics. And in doing so, it helps build the case for increased investment in international sexual and reproductive health and rights to improve the health and well-being of women and families around the world, while also reducing vulnerability to climate change impacts.

Do check it out, and if you’re inspired to learn more about this issue, visit the Population Action International website here.

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Lori Adelman is a writer and advocate focusing on race, gender, and sexual and reproductive rights. In addition to serving as an Executive Director at Feministing, Lori is the Director of Global Communications at Planned Parenthood Federation of America. Lori has previously worked at the United Nations Foundation, the International Women’s Health Coalition, and Human Rights Watch, and has written for a host of print and digital properties including Rookie Magazine, The Grio, and the New York Times Magazine. She regularly appears on radio and television, and has spoken at college campuses across the U.S. about topics like the politics of black hair, transnational movement building, and the undercover feminism of Nicki Minaj. In 2014, she was named to The Root 100 list of the nation's most influential African Americans, and to the Forbes Magazine list of the "30 Under 30" successful people in media.

Lori Adelman is an Executive Director of Feministing in charge of Partnerships.

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