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Women on the frontline against climate change

By: Mairead DUNDAS Follow | Valérie DEKIMPE | Julia GUGGENHEIM

Swedish teenager Greta Thunberg first launched the student climate movement in August 2018 as a lone protester. Since then, the movement has blossomed around the world and young girls are clearly leading the fight.


A strong female presence in environmental movements has been documented for decades. From the Chipko movement in India in the 1970s to more recent protests against a cement plant in Indonesia, it was no accident that all of the protesters were female. The link between women and the environment even has its own political theory, known as ecofeminism.

In this episode of Down to Earth, we look at why so many girls and young women are engaged in action on climate change.

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