Episode 9: Is There A Link Between Misogyny And Climate Denial?

In this episode of Eaarth Feels, Christine and Rose explore the possible connection between our society’s treatment of women and the degradation of Mother Earth. Discussion includes recent attacks on Greta Thunberg, the history of environmentalism, ecofeminism and a recent study that examines the belief environmentalism has a feminine connotation.

Recurring segments include:

  • Good news Stories
  • One action tip to for you to create change
  • A weekly sanity tip to keep you calm in the face of climate overwhelm

Definitions:

Earth Overshoot Day ( July 29 in 2019)  marks the date when humanity’s demand for ecological resources and services in a given year exceeds what Earth can regenerate in that year.

Ecofeminism: a philosophical and political movement that combines ecological concerns with feminist ones, regarding both as resulting from male domination of society.

Links between sexism and environmental degradation:

Video:

The Great Turning, Joanna Macy

Quote (possibly apocryphal):

Gandhi was once asked: “What do you think of Western civilization?” 

“I think it would be a good idea,” he replied.

 

Unfreeze Yourself Action Step: 

Take time this week to consider how you have been affected by the patriarchy:

  • As a white man can you see where you have been privileged?
  • As an “other” (woman, person of color, indigenous) can you see how your voice has been suppressed? 

 

Sanity Tip:

  • Unplug for 24 to 48 hours in nature.
  • Spend some time in silence, sit with your back against a tree or a rock , close your eyes, feel the air on you skin.