Women must be represented and take part in government decision
making on tackling climate change in the run up to the UN
Conference in Copenhagen in December, according to the country’s
largest voluntary women’s organisation.
The National Federation of Women’s Institutes (NFWI)
has today launched a campaign calling on the Government
to ensure that climate change policies take into account
the needs of women and recognise the serious effects of
climate change on women from developing countries.
Fay Mansell, chair of the NFWI, said: “Women around
the world have an important part to play in tackling climate
change. In Britain, simple decisions such as choosing the
greenest energy supplier or making the effort to recycle
can make a real difference.
“We want the government to do more to develop the
potential that women have to tackle climate change in their
households and their wider communities.
"Throughout the summer, WIs around the country will
be raising awareness in their local communities, as well
as encouraging others to sign up to our postcard petition
which we will present to Ed Miliband MP.”
Lucy Siegle, eco journalist and BBC One Show reporter, will
chair a Question Time style debate on these issues at 11am
in Westminster today with Joan Ruddock MP, Parliamentary
Under Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change and
representatives from the WI, Oxfam and Good Energy.
The audience will include environmental experts and a range
of NGOs including the National Trust, Involve, Tearfund,
Together, Women’s Environmental Network, WWF, People
and Planet, UK Youth Climate Coalition, Energy Saving Trust,
and Low Carbon Communities.