Women's Education is the Secret to Ending Climate Change
Every child has innate potential in life, and with the proper support system, they can flourish into adults that will benefit the world around them.
Education is the best support system a child could have.
It’s unfortunate, though, that young girls are restricted from getting a proper education in many areas of the world. Today, 130 million girls are being denied to right to attend school.
Getting young girls involved in education early is vital, especially in regions such as sub-Saharan Africa, where less than one in three girls attend secondary school and only 8% complete their education.
As many studies find, not only does educating girls ensure their fundamental rights are met, but it also helps protect the environment.
How Education Will Change The World
”One child, one teacher, one book, and one pen, can change the world."
- Malala Yousafzai
Science, a peer-reviewed academic journal of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, published an analysis in 2011 that found that if all nations achieved a 100% enrollment rate for girls in primary and secondary school, by 2050, there would be 843 million fewer people than if enrollment rates remained as they are today. According to the Brookings Institution:
“The difference between a woman with no years of schooling and with 12 years of schooling is almost four to five children per woman.”
In many parts of the world, women act as managers of food, soil, crops, and water in their homes, and through education, they can access the written word and find sustainable methods for maintaining the home.
Education also allows women to earn higher incomes and improve their economic mobility. Educated women compound this by having children who are more likely to become educated themselves.
A 2010 study looking into the impact of girls’ education on carbon emissions found that educating girls is highly cost-competitive with almost all of the existing options for carbon emissions abatement. The effect of educating girls could be as significant as $10 per ton of carbon dioxide reduced.
Project Drawdown, a nonprofit organization that looks to find effective methods for reducing carbon emissions, considers educating girls the sixth most crucial impactful method of reducing climate change.
The result of educating girls: 59.6 gigatons of reduced carbon dioxide emissions.
Improvements in education, especially girls’ education, have been taking place over recent years. Kenya has made significant gains, with 80% of both boys and girls attending primary school and about half attending secondary school.
There is plenty of work to be done, but the trajectory is in the right direction.
Education is the foundation by which young girls can grow into prosperous women. Women’s empowerment ensures fundamental human rights, benefits communities, and helps protect the planet from climate change.
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