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Thursday, March 11, 2010

New U.N. Climate Change Group is All Male

I was astounded to read an article at the New York Times website concerning who is on the new United Nations Climate Change committee. Apparently, the United Nations has decided that only men should be on this committee (19 of them!). According to the article, "the group’s members were appointed by the United Nations secretary general, Ban Ki-moon, after consultation with governments, said Dan Shepard, a United Nations spokesman."

How come the U.N believes only Men deserve to be on this important committee of theirs?

Update: I just read the entire article and it seems that one woman has been appointed to the committee:

"France has replaced its appointee with a woman, the French finance minister, Christine Lagarde."


According to the article "Climate Change" at the website:

"There is a deep injustice in the impact of climate change. Poor communities around the world are the least responsible for emissions. But they are suffering the greatest effects – increased droughts, floods, disease and hunger. Poverty and isolation makes them the most vulnerable and the least able to adapt. Within poor communities, women suffer the most."

"Climate change exacerbates gender inequalities. Women and men face different vulnerabilities, are impacted differently and have different capacities to adapt and change.
In climate-induced disasters, three to four women usually die for every man who dies, or 85% of deaths[i]:

  • In many Asian and Latin American countries, skills such as swimming and tree climbing are taught mainly to boys, which enable them to survive floods.

  • Dress codes can restrict women’s ability to move quickly.

  • Behaviour restrictions can hinder women’s ability to leave their households without a male relative.

  • Food is often distributed unequally within families, with biases against women and children, disadvantaging them from receiving adequate food relief."

    To read more about the fact that climate change exacerbates gender inequalities, click on the oxfam  link I provided above.

    It is interesting that the UN has created a website entitled "Woman Watch:Information and Resources on Gender Equality and Empowerment of Women, and even have an article entited, "Women,Gender Equality and Climate Change" at this website: , yet only one woman was
    placed on this important group pertaining to climate change!!

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Thoughts worth thinking about

"Our subconscious minds have no sense of humor, play no jokes and cannot tell the difference between reality and an imagined thought or image. What we continually think about eventually will manifest in our lives."-Sidney Madwed

Laws alone can not secure freedom of expression; in order that every woman and man present their views without penalty, there must be spirit of tolerance in the entire population.- Albert Einstein Too often we underestimate the power of a touch, a smile, a kind word, a listening ear, an honest compliment, or the smallest act of caring, all of which have the potential to turn a life around. - Leo Buscaglia

A person's true wealth is the good he or she does in the world. - Mohammed

Our task must be to free ourselves... by widening our circle of compassion to embrace all living creatures and the whole of nature and its beauty. -Albert Einstein

The best way to find yourself, is to lose yourself in the service of others. - Ghandi

The unselfish effort to bring cheer to others will be the beginning of a happier life for ourselves. - Helen Keller

Aim for success, not perfection. Never give up your right to be wrong, because then you will lose the ability to learn new things and move forward with your life. Remember that fear always lurks behind perfectionism. Confronting your fears and allowing yourself the right to be human can, paradoxically, make yourself a happier and more productive person. - Dr. David M. Burns

Life is as dear to a mute creature as it is to man. Just as one wants happiness and fears pain, just as one wants to live and not die, so do other creatures. -His Holiness The Dalai Lama

Mankind's true moral test, its fundamental test (which lies deeply buried from view), consists of its attitude towards those who are at its mercy: animals. And in this respect mankind has suffered a fundamental debacle, a debacle so fundamental that all others stem from it. -

Milan Kundera, The Unbearable Lightness of Being

The worst sin towards our fellow creatures is not to hate them, but to be indifferent to them. That's the essence of inhumanity. -George Bernard Shaw

Ego's trick is to make us lose sight of our interdependence. That kind of ego-thought gives us a perfect justification to look out only for ourselves. But that is far from the truth. In reality we all depend on each other and we have to help each other. The husband has to help his wife, the wife has to help the husband, the mother has to help her children, and the children are supposed to help the parents too, whether they want to or not.-Gehlek Rinpoche Source: "The Best Buddhist Writing 2005 pg. 165

The hostile attitude of conquering nature ignores the basic interdependence of all things and events---that the world beyond the skin is actually an extension of our own bodies---and will end in destroying the very environment from which we emerge and upon which our whole life depends.