Not only are women's rights essential to a vibrant society, but they are also essential to a healthy, viable environment. This week's cartoon describes why women's rights and environmental sustainability go hand in hand. Studies show that when given equal access to education and rights over their own bodies, women choose to have fewer children. Overpopulation is a serious issue, with huge implications for problems like climate change. By giving women rights we are investing in what Kim Stanley Robinson calls some of the best climate change technology available today.
To get involved with the women's equal rights movement, check out the Global Fund for Women. This organization, led by the innovative Kavita Ramdas, is the largest independent foundation working to advance international women's human rights today.
Editor's note: This post is part of a series featuring Worldchanging ally Andy Lubershane's original graphics. While many of the issues covered in the comics have been discussed on Worldchanging in the past, we hope that you'll be able to use this new medium in a different way … whether it's in your classroom, on your office wall, or to help explain ideas to friends and family.
Andy Lubershane researches writes and cartoons about sustainability from his home in Ann Arbor, MI. He is currently pursuing a master's degree at the University of Michigan School of Natural Resources and Environment. Check out more of his illustrations at www.earthlycomics.com.
This is a great start. looking forward to the next one.
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