Educating women and girls is ranked #6 out of 80 practical solutions to combating climate change by scientists and researchers at Project Drawdown. To quickly put the into perspective, that’s a higher ranking than rooftop solar panels (#10) and driving electric vehicles (#26). But if educating girls is one of the most cost-effective ways to fight rising temperatures, then why aren’t we talking more about it?
Shabana Basij-Rasikh suggests that the lack of conversation around educating girls is a result of the fact that climate change discussions are mostly driven by Western nations, and in Western nations girls' education is a no-brainer…a given…an equally accessible human right despite your gender.
So, Shabana encourages us to think about this: "130 million girls around the world are not in school. 130 million. As the world works to retrofit factories and reimagine transportation, we should be committing at least as much energy to ensuring girls’ access to the basic human right of education. Silence on this issue isn’t just negligent; it’s destructive to our girls, our societies and our planet."
This weekend we picked three TEDtalks that dive deeper into the why and how on women and girls’ empowerment. And while we rarely find a TEDTalk that doesn’t teach us something, we especially find these three TEDTalks worth talking about tonight. Watch. Share. Discuss. Learn with us.