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Claim: ‘Want to solve climate change problems? Put women in charge’ – ‘Imagine a world where women are in charge. And then you’ll imagine a world without fossil fuels’

Meet scientist, feminist, activist Sarah Myhre » Yale Climate Connections

Sarah Myhre: Scientist/feminist/activist, all in one

“Want to solve climate change problems? Put women in charge, says the academic researcher, feminist, nonprofit activist, and force of nature on the issues that drive her.

Sarah Myhre“Sarah Myhre, a veritable force of nature in addressing climate and other issues she is passionate about.”

At the American Geophysical Union fall meeting in New Orleans last December, Sarah Myhre, PhD, joined with other scientists on a panel presenting and fielding questions on the science, economics, and politics of climate solutions.

Myhre (pronounced my-ree) delivered a message that may have been startling to some in the audience – that climate change cannot fully be addressed without also grappling with the misogyny and social injustice that have perpetuated the problem for decades.

After the presentations, an audience member directed a comment to panelist Stefan Rahmstorf, PhD, of the Potsdam Institute. Rahmstorf had illustrated just how quickly the world will need to stop burning fossil fuels if warming is to be kept to no more than 2 degrees C, about 3.6 degrees F.
“You show that we’ll need to drop all the way to zero fossil fuel use within the next few decades,” the commenter said. “But I have a hard time even imagining a world without fossil fuels.”
As Rahmstorf prepared to answer, Myhre leaned over to the microphone. “Imagine a world where women are in charge,” she said wryly, “And then you’ll imagine a world without fossil fuels.”


Climate Depot note:

“We don’t have to ‘Imagine’, the developing world in Africa, South America and Asia, has over one billion people who essentially live in a ‘world without fossil fuels’ and they live in a world of energy poverty with high infant mortality, shorter life expectancy and no running water and many live in huts made of dung.”