Women Are More Vulnerable to Climate Impacts: McKenna
A “grouchy subcategory” of “gender climate change deniers” produced dismay and pushback from Environment and Climate Change Minister Catherine McKenna, after reacting to a McKenna tweet observing that “women are more vulnerable to the effects of climate change than men.”
After a Twitter response that the Globe and Mail described as “swift, and angry”, McKenna said she was “surprised by the vehemence of some people’s comments,” but cited United Nations research indicating that ““unequal access to resources and to decision-making processes” makes them more vulnerable to the impacts of climate change.
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The Globe’s dissection of the data behind McKenna’s statement found some inconsistencies, but confirmed that women are more likely to be poor, and more vulnerable to natural disasters.
Conservative Member of Parliament Michelle Rempel supported McKenna’s point, tweeting that “food security has disproportionate impact on those in poverty, and women disproportionally experience poverty.”