Honouring women is where South Africa’s focus lies in August. We pay tribute to their greatness, their gentleness, their strength, their compassion and the difference they make in our everyday lives. While previously the role of women was quite reformed and traditional, it has become less and less so and we are so grateful for this evolution of society. Why? Because not only do women raise children and keep homes, they pioneer and innovate and change the world a little bit at a time each day. More specifically in recent times, they have shaped and nurtured environmental movements and global environmental outcomes.
“For us it’s not the issue of regulation. It’s the issue of survival… If women come together, they can have more impact than any agreement…” – Hindou Oumarou Ibrahim
We’re talking about Wangari Maathai, Rachel Carson, Sylvia Earle, Vandana Shiva and Christiana Figures to name a few. Each of them in their own right has made a monumental contribution to protecting the earth, reducing carbon emissions and the traces we leave behind on this beautiful planet. It hasn’t been easy, and it will continue to be a fight, but they have warred and conquered and we want to pay tribute to these women warriors.
Wangari Maathai was a Kenyan political and environmental activist. She was the founder of the Green Belt Movement that empowers other communities, particularly women, to conserve the environment and improve their own livelihood in a cleaner and greener world. She said, “We cannot tire or give up. We owe it to the present and the future generations of all species to rise up and walk”. She was the face of sustainability in motion in areas that had previously not been empowered in this way.
Another great, Rachel Carson, was an American marine biologist and conservationist. She devoted her life to nature and looking after what could be gone tomorrow. However, perhaps her most prolific and widely known achievement was her book Silent Spring. Rachel was disturbed by the synthetic chemical pesticides used during and after World War II. She set out to warn the public of the danger of misusing these pesticides. In today’s green conscious society, her work is still remembered and respected through a number of fields.
Perhaps the most recent, pragmatic and effective player in the movement towards a greener world is Christiana Figures. She said, “It’s a choice about what we do with our finance. It is a choice for corporations about the kinds of goods and services they produce. It is a choice of policy. It’s an institutional choice. It’s a political choice. It’s a technological choice.” It’s evident that the strain of environmental wakefulness runs through every vein in her body. More so, it’s evident that her focus is not limited to one aspect of change or one level of society. As the UN’s top climate change official, she is convinced that global warming can be reversed. Her passion for climate change is clearly demonstrated in her role in getting the COP21 Paris deal tabled.
Each of these women committed their lives to enabling others to take care of this earth. Here at The Carbon Report we are committed to those same things. By providing skills and tools to our customers to measure and manage carbon emissions, we hope to reduce our conglomerate carbon footprint. If they could do it, so can we. More than that, so can you.