W7 Statement on the Meeting of G7 Environment, Climate and Energy Ministers 25 to 27 May 2022

25 May 2022 |

Droughts, floods, record temperatures, conflicts over resources and wars, forced migration and mass extinction of flora and fauna – these are only some of the severe impacts of the global climate crisis. The latest IPCC report[1] makes it undeniably clear: global leaders have failed to implement far-reaching and gender-transformative measures that avert the crisis.

The climate catastrophe disproportionately affects the livelihoods of women and girls, BIPOC, LGBTIQ* and marginalized communities and exacerbates many existing inequities: between low-, middle- and high-income economies, between current and future generations, among all genders.

Women 7 call on G7 leaders to keep the 1.5-degree goal alive by investing in gender-transformative climate action and in biodiversity conservation measures that are ecosystem-based, to divest from fossil fuels, and to ensure the leadership of women in decision-making.

While the Global South carries a major burden of the climate crisis’ violent economic and environmental repercussions, the Global North is responsible for 92% of global CO2 emissions[2]. W7 calls for gender-transformative funding that is accessible to women’s rights organizations, feminist groups and local communities.

There will be no climate justice without gender equality, and no gender equality without climate justice.

Women7 call on G7 leaders

  1. to meet and surpass the annual $100 billion climate finance goal with additional grants for low- and middle-income countries, with at least 50% channeled into adaptation.
  2. to provide direct funding to women and women’s rights and gender-justice organizations and to marginalized communities.
  3. to introduce a carbon pricing system that is genderjust by implementing meaningful compensation systems that consider gender differential impacts of carbon pricing.
  4. to ensure women’s human rights and gender equality are integrated into the environmental, social and governance (ESG) standards.
  5. to address climate migration within international human rights law by enhancing and promoting land rights and finding feminist and human-centered solutions to counter increased risks such as loss of education, livelihood, and land; lack of access to healthcare, including sexual and reproductive health services; increased sexual and gender-based violence; exploitation and trafficking.
  6. to move away from the top-down, market-based approach for energy production, distribution, and control and address energy poverty as a gendered issue.

It is high time to deliver on gender equality and climate justice. This can only be achieved by a gender-transformative, inclusive, and participatory climate, environment, and energy policy.

[1] IPCC (2022) Climate Change 2022. Impacts, Adaptation and Vulnerability. Summary for Policymakers.  https://www.ipcc.ch/report/ar6/wg2/.

[1] Hickel, J. (2020) Quantifying national responsibility for climate breakdown: an equality-based attribution approach for carbon dioxide emissions in excess of the planetary boundary, The Lancet. Planetary Health. 4 (9), 399-404 https://www.thelancet.com/journals/lanplh/article/PIIS2542-5196(20)30196-0/fulltext .