House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, who led a Democratic congressional delegation at the COP26 climate summit in Glasgow Tuesday, said women around the world are more exposed to climate change’s negative impact.
“It’s a threat multiplier that amplifies and accelerates existing inequities,” she said during “gender day” at the summit, according to the New York Times. “Eighty percent of people displaced by climate change globally are women.”
The United Nations, which organized the summit, said women are more vulnerable to climate change due to social, economic and cultural factors.
“Seventy percent of the 1.3 billion people living in conditions of poverty are women,” the U.N. said in a report. The report continued, “Women represent a high percentage of poor communities that are highly dependent on local natural resources for their livelihood, particularly in rural areas where they shoulder the major responsibility for household water supply and energy for cooking and heating, as well as for food security.”