Video/micro lecture: Introduction to Gender and Climate Change

A video lecture by Vibhuti Patel, SNDT Women’s University, India, titled ‘Gender and Climate Change’ that discusses gender dimensions of climate change. This lecture discusses the role of women in households and how climate change induced events such as natural and manmade disasters, water and food shortages and deforestation differentially impact them. Additionally, the lecture discusses examples of indigenous tribes and local knowledge systems. The lecture further discusses the current role of women in the climate change discourse, women’s ecological movements, and the need to include women in decision and policy making.  

Students will learn about the impacts of climate change on women. They will also learn about how women are far more vulnerable to climatic events and hence the need to ensure that women are included in climate policy and decision making. Students will further learn a brief history of women’s ecological movements in India and the current role women play in reducing the impacts of climate change.  

Use this tool to help your students find answers to:

  1. Discuss the gender dimensions of climate change.
  2. Discuss the symbiotic relationship of indigenous women and the natural environment. 
  3. Discuss the women’s ecological movement in India. 

About the tool

Tool NameGender and Climate Change
DisciplineSocial Sciences
Topic(s) in DisciplineGender, Gender Studies, Women Studies, Women’s Ecological Movement 
Climate Topic Climate and Society, Policies, Politics and Environmental Governance
Type of tool Video/Microlecture (33 min)
Grade LevelUndergraduate, Graduate
LocationGlobal
LanguageEnglish 
Translation
Developed byVidya-Mitra Channel by National Mission on Education through Information and Communication Technology, MHRD, India
Hosted atYouTube 
LinkLink
AccessOnline
Computer SkillsBasic 

Reading: Gender Dimensions of Human Health and Climate Change

A reading by the World Health Organization titled ‘Gender, Climate Change and Health’ that discusses the gender dimensions of human health and climate change. Using specific climatic events such as heatwaves and flooding, the reading discusses some direct and indirect health issues that impact men and women differently. It further discusses issues such as domestic violence and nutrition deficiency and links with climate change. The reading also discusses the increased vulnerability of women to climate risks and hence the need for gender analysis in policy making. The reading also includes discussions on gender-sensitive approaches and gender-responsive interventions to increase health equity and ensure effective climate mitigation and adaptation. The reading is divided into five subtopics: 

  1. A background of gender, health and climate change 
  2. Impacts: Health 
  3. Impacts: social and human consequences of climate change 
  4. Responses to climate change 
  5. Conclusion, gaps in understanding and issues for urgent action 

Students will learn about gender and health inequity to climate change impacts. They will also learn about health risks of climate change to women, the social and human consequences of climate change, and the need to formulate gender-sensitive climate change policies. 

Use this tool to help your students find answers to:

  1. How does climate change impact women’s health? 
  2. What are some social consequences of climate change? 
  3. Discuss the need for gender sensitive and inclusive climate policies.

About the tool

Tool NameGender, Climate Change and Health 
DisciplineSocial Sciences
Topic(s) in DisciplineGender, Gender Studies, Women Studies, Human Health, Domestic Violence
Climate Topic Climate and Society; Policies, Politics and Environmental Governance
Type of tool Reading
Grade LevelUndergraduate, Graduate
LocationGlobal
LanguageEnglish 
Translation
Developed byWorld Health Organization
Hosted atWorld Health Organization Website
Linkhttps://www.who.int/globalchange/GenderClimateChangeHealthfinal.pdf
AccessOnline/Offline
Computer SkillsBasic 

Reading: Transport, Gender and Climate Change

A short introductory reading from the GenderCC Women for Climate Justice website that summarizes the effects of transport on climate change. This reading is part of a larger study on the gender dimensions of climate change in several sectors such as agriculture, biodiversity, consumption, disaster, energy, forests, health, migration, population, tourism, transport, waste and water. The reading specifically discusses the gender differences in the use, patterns and means of transportation as related to urban planning and climate change. 

Students will learn about the gender differences in the transport sector in developing and industrialized countries. They will also learn about how transport systems need to be gender sensitive. 

Use this tool to help your students find answers to:

  1. Discuss the gender dimensions of the transport sector and climate change.
  2. Why is it necessary to consider women’s interests and needs in transport system planning?

About the tool 

Tool NameTransport, Gender and Climate Change
DisciplineSocial Sciences
Topic(s) in DisciplineGender, Gender Studies, Transport, Urban Planning, Mobility
Climate Topic Climate and Society, Policies, Politics and Environmental Governance
Type of tool Reading 
Grade LevelUndergraduate, Graduate
LocationGlobal
LanguageEnglish 
Translation
Developed byGenderCC Women for Climate Justice
Hosted atGenderCC Women for Climate Justice website
Linkhttps://www.gendercc.net/gender-climate/transport.html
AccessOnline
Computer SkillsBasic 

Reading: Population, Gender and Climate Change

A short introductory reading from the GenderCC Women for Climate Justice website that summarizes gender dimensions of population growth and climate change. This reading is part of a larger study on the gender dimensions of climate change in several sectors such as agriculture, biodiversity, consumption, disaster, energy, forests, health, migration, population, tourism, transport, waste and water. The reading specifically discusses gender, demographics and population dynamics in climate change policies. 

Students will learn about the importance of population growth in climate change mitigation and adaptation. They will understand the risks from climate impacts to women. 

Use this tool to help your students find answers to:

  1. Discuss the gender dimensions of population growth and climate change.
  2. How can women play an important role in mitigating climate change?
  3. Why is there a need to have a gender sensitive perspective for climate change and population policies?

About the tool

Tool NamePopulation, Gender and Climate Change
DisciplineSocial Sciences
Topic(s) in DisciplineGender, Gender Studies, Population, Population Dynamics, Demography 
Climate Topic Climate and Society, Policies, Politics and Environmental Governance
Type of tool Reading 
Grade LevelUndergraduate, Graduate
LocationGlobal
LanguageEnglish 
Translation
Developed byGenderCC Women for Climate Justice
Hosted atGenderCC Women for Climate Justice website
Linkhttps://www.gendercc.net/gender-climate/population.html
AccessOnline
Computer SkillsBasic 

Reading: Migration, Gender and Climate Change

A short introductory reading from the GenderCC Women for Climate Justice website that summarizes challenges that men and women face due to climate change induced human migration. This reading is part of a larger study on the gender dimensions of climate change in several sectors such as agriculture, biodiversity, consumption, disaster, energy, forests, health, migration, population, tourism, transport, waste and water. The reading specifically discusses impacts of climate change induced migration on women. 

Students will learn about the direct and indirect impacts of climate change influenced migration on women. They will also learn about how the responsibilities of women tend to increase due to migration of male members of the household. 

Use this tool to help your students find answers to:

  1. Discuss the gender dimensions of human migration due to climate change. 
  2. Why is there a need to have a gender sensitive perspective in climate change and migration policies?

About the tool

Tool NameMigration, Gender and Climate Change
DisciplineSocial Sciences
Topic(s) in DisciplineGender, Gender Studies, Human Migration
Climate Topic Climate and Society, Policies, Politics and Environmental Governance
Type of tool Reading 
Grade LevelUndergraduate, Graduate
LocationGlobal
LanguageEnglish 
Translation
Developed byGenderCC Women for Climate Justice
Hosted atGenderCC Women for Climate Justice
Linkhttps://www.gendercc.net/gender-climate/migration.html
AccessOnline
Computer SkillsBasic 

Reading: Health, Gender and Climate Change

A short introductory reading from the GenderCC Women for Climate Justice website that summarizes the gendered impacts of climate change on human health.This reading is part of a larger study on the gender dimensions of climate change in several sectors such as agriculture, biodiversity, consumption, disaster, energy, forests, health, migration, population, tourism, transport, waste and water. The reading specifically discusses how climate change impacts the health of men and women differently and gender differences in terms of access to health information, resources and programmes.

Students will learn about the gender specific impacts of climate change on health. They will also learn about how women may be differently vulnerable to climate change and their specific needs. 

Use this tool to help your students find answers to:

  1. Discuss how climate change can affect the health of men and women differently. 
  2. Why is there a need to have a gender sensitive perspective in climate change and health policies?

About the tool 

Tool NameHealth, Gender and Climate Change
DisciplineSocial Sciences
Topic(s) in DisciplineGender, Gender Studies, Health
Climate Topic Climate and Society, Policies, Politics and Environmental Governance
Type of tool Reading 
Grade LevelUndergraduate, Graduate
LocationGlobal
LanguageEnglish 
Translation
Developed byGenderCC Women for Climate Justice
Hosted atGenderCC Women for Climate Justice website
Linkhttps://www.gendercc.net/gender-climate/health.html
AccessOnline
Computer SkillsBasic 

Reading: Forests, Gender and Climate Change

A short introductory reading from the GenderCC Women for Climate Justice website that summarizes the gender dimensions in forestry and climate change.This reading is part of a larger study on the gender dimensions of climate change in several sectors such as agriculture, biodiversity, consumption, disaster, energy, forests, health, migration, population, tourism, transport, waste and water. The reading specifically discusses the importance of women’s knowledge of local forest resources for providing livelihoods and how climate change may impact the same. 

Students will learn about gendered aspects of forestry and agroforestry in several communities worldwide. They will also learn about the importance of women’s participation in forest related policy making, mitigating deforestation and climate change. 

Use this to help your students find answers to:

  1. Discuss gender dimensions of forestry and climate change. 
  2. How can women’s local knowledge of forestry be used to mitigate climate change and influence climate change policies?

About the tool

Tool NameForests, Gender and Climate Change
DisciplineSocial Sciences
Topic(s) in DisciplineGender, Gender Studies, Forestry, Agroforestry, Deforestation
Climate Topic Climate and Society, Policies, Politics and Environmental Governance
Type of tool Reading 
Grade LevelUndergraduate, Graduate
LocationGlobal
LanguageEnglish 
Translation
Developed byGenderCC Women for Climate Justice
Hosted atGenderCC Women for Climate Justice website
Linkhttps://www.gendercc.net/gender-climate/forests.html
AccessOnline
Computer SkillsBasic 

Reading: Energy, Gender and Climate Change

A short introductory reading from the GenderCC Women for Climate Justice website that summarizes the gender dimensions of energy consumption and climate change. This reading is part of a larger study on the gender dimensions of climate change in several sectors such as agriculture, biodiversity, consumption, disaster, energy, forests, health, migration, population, tourism, transport, waste and water. The reading discusses gender differences in energy production, consumption and access in developing and developed countries.  

Students will learn about the gender differences in the energy sector. They will also learn about the low levels of female participation in energy planning and decision-making.  

Use this tool to help your students find answers to:

  1. Discuss the gendered differences in the energy sector.
  2. How does energy consumption differ for men and women in developed and developing countries?
  3. Discuss the importance of women’s participation in energy and climate change policies. 

About the tool

Tool NameEnergy, Gender and Climate Change
DisciplineSocial Sciences
Topic(s) in DisciplineGender, Gender Studies, Energy Consumption, Energy Production, Energy Access, Energy Poverty
Climate Topic Climate and Society, Policies, Politics and Environmental Governance
Type of tool Reading 
Grade LevelUndergraduate, Graduate
LocationGlobal
LanguageEnglish 
Translation
Developed byGenderCC Women for Climate Justice
Hosted atGenderCC Women for Climate Justice website
Linkhttps://www.gendercc.net/gender-climate/energy.html
AccessOnline
Computer SkillsBasic 

Reading: Disaster, Gender and Climate Change

A short introductory reading from the GenderCC Women for Climate Justice website that summarizes the gendered impacts of natural disasters potentially caused due to climate change. This reading is part of a larger study on the gender dimensions of climate change in several sectors such as agriculture, biodiversity, consumption, disaster, energy, forests, health, migration, population, tourism, transport, waste and water. The reading discusses the biological, economic, social and cultural differences that cause men and women to react differently to disasters.  

Students will learn about the gendered impacts of natural disasters and disaster management. They will also learn about the importance of women’s knowledge in disaster management and climate change mitigation. 

Use this tool to help your students find answers to: 

  1. Discuss the gendered impacts of natural disasters.
  2. How do women play an important role in disaster management?
  3. “Specific attention should be paid to the inclusion of non-indigenous and indigenous women.” Discuss with regards to climate related disasters. 

About the tool

Tool NameDisaster, Gender and Climate Change
DisciplineSocial Sciences
Topic(s) in DisciplineGender, Gender Studies, Disasters, Disaster Management
Climate Topic Climate and Society, Policies, Politics and Environmental Governance
Type of tool Reading 
Grade LevelUndergraduate, Graduate
LocationGlobal
LanguageEnglish 
Translation
Developed byGenderCC Women for Climate Justice
Hosted atGenderCC Women for Climate Justice website
Linkhttps://www.gendercc.net/gender-climate/disaster.html
AccessOnline
Computer SkillsBasic 

Reading: Consumption, Gender and Climate Change

A short introductory reading from the GenderCC Women for Climate Justice website that summarizes the gender dimensions of consumerism and climate change. This reading is part of a larger study on the gender dimensions of climate change in several sectors such as agriculture, biodiversity, consumption, disaster, energy, forests, health, migration, population, tourism, transport, waste and water. The reading specifically discusses consumption by men and women and lifestyle choices with regards to climate change.  

Students will be introduced to differences in consumption patterns of men and women. They will learn about gender in labour, rights and resource access. They will further learn about the need for sustainable consumption to mitigate climate change. 

Use this tool to help your students find answers to:

  1. Discuss the gender dimensions of climate change and consumerism. 
  2. What are the two main factors that contribute to differences in consumption by men and women?

About the tool

Tool NameConsumption, Gender and Climate Change
DisciplineSocial Sciences
Topic(s) in DisciplineGender, Gender Studies, Consumerism Consumption, Lifestyle
Climate Topic Climate and Society, Policies, Politics and Environmental Governance
Type of tool Reading 
Grade LevelUndergraduate, Graduate
LocationGlobal
LanguageEnglish 
Translation
Developed byGenderCC Women for Climate Justice
Hosted atGenderCC Women for Climate Justice website
Linkhttps://www.gendercc.net/gender-climate/consumption.html
AccessOnline
Computer SkillsBasic 

Reading: Biodiversity, Gender and Climate Change

A short introductory reading from the GenderCC Women for Climate Justice website that summarizes the gender dimensions of climate change with relation to biodiversity and ecosystems. This reading is part of a larger study on the gender dimensions of climate change in several sectors such as agriculture, biodiversity, consumption, disaster, energy, forests, health, migration, population, tourism, transport, waste and water. The reading specifically discusses the traditional role of women as household managers, how they tend to use natural resources in the house, traditional knowledge systems and current gender gaps in the sector. 

Students will be introduced to the role of women in household related natural resource use and decision making. They will learn the importance of women’s knowledge of local biodiversity and their efforts in conservation and natural resource management. 

Use this tool to help your students find answers to: 

  1. Discuss the gender dimensions of climate change in biodiversity and natural resource management.
  2. Discuss gender inequality in terms of needs, knowledge and behaviour in biodiversity conservation.
  3. Discuss the term “biopiracy”.
  4. Discuss the current state of women representation in biodiversity, conservation and natural resource management.

About the tool 

Tool NameBiodiversity, Gender and Climate Change
DisciplineSocial Sciences
Topic(s) in DisciplineGender, Gender Studies, Gender and Biodiversity, Biodiversity, Conservation, Natural Resource Management
Climate Topic Climate and Society, Policies, Politics and Environmental Governance
Type of tool Reading 
Grade LevelUndergraduate, Graduate
LocationGlobal
LanguageEnglish 
Translation
Developed byGenderCC Women for Climate Justice
Hosted atGenderCC Women for Climate Justice website
Linkhttps://www.gendercc.net/gender-climate/biodiversity.html
AccessOnline
Computer SkillsBasic 

Reading: Agriculture, Gender and Climate Change

A short introductory reading from the GenderCC Women for Climate Justice website that summarizes the gender dimensions of climate change in the agricultural sector. This reading is part of a larger study on the gender dimensions of climate change in several sectors such as agriculture, biodiversity, consumption, disaster, energy, forests, health, migration, population, tourism, transport, waste and water. This reading specifically discusses the role of women in the agricultural sector, gender inequality in terms of access to agricultural  resources and the current gender gaps in the sector.  

Students will be introduced to division of labour in the agricultural sector according to gender. They will learn that even though more women work in this sector, they often benefit less than men in many parts of the world.

Use this tool to help your students find answers to:

  1. Discuss the gender dimensions of climate change in the agricultural sector.
  2. Discuss gender inequality in terms of access to agricultural resources and opportunities. 
  3. “Market-based solutions to climate change can have negative impacts on women in agriculture”. Discuss in the classroom.
  4. Discuss the current state of women representation in decision making processes and policies in the agricultural sector.

About the tool

Tool NameAgriculture, Gender and Climate Change
DisciplineSocial Sciences
Topic(s) in DisciplineGender, Gender Studies, Gender and Agriculture, Agriculture
Climate Topic Climate and Society, Policies, Politics and Environmental Governance
Type of tool Reading 
Grade LevelUndergraduate, Graduate
LocationGlobal
LanguageEnglish 
Translation
Developed byGenderCC Women for Climate Justice
Hosted atGenderCC Women for Climate Justice website
LinkLink
AccessOnline
Computer SkillsBasic