Climate Change is a Feminist Issue

Marginalised groups will always be hit the hardest during any crisis, such as cis and trans women, the LGBTQIA+ community, people of colour and disabled people. This article talks about women in the traditional roles, that are still widespread in almost every society, and how they will be one of the groups most negatively affected by climate change with a focus on peripheral or “developing” countries and why climate change is a Feminist Issue.

Women’s contributions to domestic life are undeniably vital. But becomes even more evident in peripheral countries (Gramscian sense) where survival still dominates, and women are incapacitated with work and abuse to the point where resistance to the patriarchal-capitalist system is unimaginable.  In addition to the challenges women in Western countries are faced with, women in peripheral countries take on roles of both ‘productive’ work such as agricultural labour as well as ‘reproductive’ work such as care roles for children and the elderly and sick (to name a few). Climate change affects food and water security and people’s health on a massive scale. A study by Médecins Sans Frontieres has shown that already through changes in rainy seasons the cases of malaria and other water borne illnesses have increased in certain parts of the world. With more frequent floods and at new times. The people to look after the sick and injured will, as traditionally prescribed, be women, further resulting in the neglect of their own needs, health, and progress.

Water is the most often talked about aspect that climate change will affect negatively. Changing water patterns and new schedules for floods and droughts will result in both food and water insecurities which no government will care to resolve. More than that, rising sea levels will result in shortages of freshwater; for every centimetre that sea levels rise, sea water will penetrate freshwater two metres inland and thus create a shortage of freshwater for drinking but also irrigation.

With climate change making living situations more precarious and stressful, it is mainly marginalised groups, and in this case particularly women’s, mental and physical health that will suffer. Patriarchal societies and the men within them who do not fight the norms they are brought up with will allow those in positions of power to relieve their stress by blaming, abusing, and exploiting the women in their communities even more than before. This would be in addition to the immense pressure that many women will already be subjected to as they try to keep their families alive and if necessary sacrifice themselves for them and their community. Reports by the UN have pointed out that women when faced with food shortages or droughts, distribute their rations amongst their children and male family members, subjecting themselves to severe malnutrition and death.

Climate change is a feminist issue because it will be women, along with other marginalised groups, who will suffer the most and sacrifice the most. This is due to the gender roles they are appointed and expected to uphold. These two struggles are interlinked, as not only will the exploitation of women worsen, the degree of this being dependent on how badly affected their region is but through this exploitation women will be unable to support their communities anymore, whether that may be due to burnouts, femicide, or sacrifice.

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In our fight against patriarchy we need to remember to fight intersectionally and be anti-capitalist and remember why. Beating the patriarchy and with that destroying capitalism we follow an ecological agenda and stop women from further exploitation. This requires radical feminism that allows no room for patriarchal belittling and discrimination. Supporting women in the global south and the most exploited regions, as well as supporting black and native women is a must and we must all stand united and fight these interwoven threats to us and our sisters across the planet.

Clap for capitalists? They’re lucky we haven’t torn the banks down.

Boris Johnson has just said that people should be out clapping for “our wealth creators, our capitalists, our financiers”. Stating that it is the bankers, the CEOs and people like the Conservative Party’s big money donors who are the most important people in the British economy’s recovery after the pandemic because they take ‘risks’.

It’s important to note who takes the actual risks in a capitalist economy. It’s regular working people who have to take all the risk just to survive. Regardless of how much ‘risk’ the CEO claims to take, it is always the employees who will be struggling for food if the business collapses, not the executives.

It’s not the ultra-rich like Boris Johnson claims, in fact, there is almost nothing short of revolution that can present itself as a serious risk to billionaires. In the pandemic the richest 25 people on the planet have gained $255 billion while millions of people have been forced out of their jobs and some out on to the street through violent evictions.

There is a huge strain on Food Banks with some showing a 300% increase in demand in the last few months. This is because the so-called wealth creators, capitalists and financiers have made an active choice to create a society in which even if you work over 40 hours a week some can barely afford to feed their kids, and in a pandemic people are forced out of work with only the cruel system of universal credit to keep them alive.

Outside of the UK, there are millions of people in refugee camps who barely have basic sanitation and have no opportunity to socially distance amid the pandemic, but these aren’t the people who the government wants to help. The bankers who have millions of pounds at their disposal rally against these refugees being provided safe access to the UK and do nothing to help anyone but themselves.

Lets not clap for capitalists, lets chase them through the streets!

In the same time where the Prime minister is asking people to clap for capitalists, we are seeing historic revolutionary movements across the world. When the President of the USA is publicly discussing anarchists as a serious threat to the capitalist system and there are insurrectionist movements spanning from Chile to Hong Kong and on the streets of the the beast of capitalism and imperialism that is the US itself, it’s clear that there is serious change coming.

We won’t ever achieve serious change by working through the present system, we will take change by smashing the system and building a new world together, with no place for capitalists or financiers. Lets not clap for capitalists, lets chase them through the streets until there is no one stuck out on the street, no one struggling to feed themselves and no one stuck in a system that is destroying the world we live in.

Brief write up on the Green Anti-capitalist Front’s week of action

A month ago, from Monday 24th February 2020 till Sunday the 1st of March, the Green Anti-Capitalist Front (GAF) staged our week of action, drawing thousands of participants from around the country. Events took place in Bristol, Glasgow, Edinburgh and London, with everything from marches and rallies to skillshares and reading groups. A diverse array of groups and individuals were invited to share their knowledge and skills.

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