Climate change and the need to move towards renewable forms of energy have long been at the forefront of both global and national agendas. Dominant discourses on climate change focus on two areas: reducing greenhouse gas emissions and adapting to the effects of climate change. The global South, despite facing serious environmental and societal challenges as a result of climate change,
finds itself marginalised in dominant discourses as the strategies outlined as part of the global climate change agenda do not account for their contexts and levels of capability. While geography and global economies play an obvious role in the distribution of the effects of climate change, there are other intersections of experience that can exacerbate these effects. The question of gender is an extremely pertinent one, because, globally, women (especially poor women) tend to be among the most marginalised groups in society.
Youth Lab is hosting its Annual Young Feminist Roundtable on Environmental Justice, inviting young women working on gender justice and those working on climate change and renewable energy solutions to discuss the intersections between feminism and environmental justice in South Africa.
The invitation is extended to young women aged 18-35, who are interested in being part of a shared-learning and collaboration building workshop in Cape Town. We are looking for young women entrepreneurs, activists, academics and in public service to make this workshop an opportunity to rethink the ways that the agenda for environmental justice can be tackled through a gender sensitive lens. Youth Lab will cover all cost for participants including transport and accommodation.
DATE: 8 and 9 June 2017
VENUE: Fountains Hotel, 1 St. Georges Mall, Cape Town
RSVP DATE: 1 June 2017
RSVP to Pearl Pillay at firstname.lastname@example.org or 0828328163