Role Of Women In Protecting The Environment.

Filed Under (Environmental Pollution) by admin on 08-06-2010

Women have an integral relation with the environment. Therefore women are essential for any measure aimed at environmental protection and sustainable development. In fact women have contributed greatly to the conservation movements in the past.

The best example is the Chipko movement, when women lead by Gaura Devi protested determinedly against the commercial mistreatment of the Himalayan forests. The issue she led was of saving trees and planting ecologically appropriate trees.

Elsewhere also, women were active in agitations against deforestation, construction of large dams and mining activities. All wild animals were nourished with food and protected from intruders by the women of Bishnoi community. “Medha Patkar is the leading personality in ‘Narmada Bachao Andolan’. Arundhati Roy is also linked with Narmada Bachao Andolan.

Women have always played a significant role in the environmental protection. Furthermore too women can help control population explosion which has been one of the major factors in environments dreadful conditions. Women are in the best position to make maximum contribution in family planning.

Women have always played a critical role in meeting household and community energy needs. Inadequate energy resources and a lack of access to efficient technologies of energy utilization force the people to depend on their own labour, animal power and bio-mass energy to meet their daily requirements. With adequate environmental education and awareness women can conserve energy resources far more efficiently as compared to men.

Women are responsible fro the cleanliness of the household, on which depends the health and wealth of the family members. With proper education and training one can minimize the experiences and incidences of most of the water, food and airborne diseases.

Traditionally women were kept away from the powers of decision making. Their unequal access to education and lack of decision making authority at all levels has lowered their position in the society. As a result it has had adverse affects on income, nutrition, health, social support networks and domestic knowledge.

Practically being close to nature, women are always able to realize environmental issues better. Since women are the prospective users of the facilities, it is necessary to consider their views in planning to save the environment and implementing projects for the same.

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