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.