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  • EIGE - NIKK
    report on the EU level indicators established under the Beijing Platform for Action in areas of particular concern and to develop further indicators where needed such as on women and the environment Within its framework of attributions EIGE will also provide technical support to the EU Council Presidency countries in the follow up to the Beijing Platform for Action BPfA and in particular review existing indicators previously adopted by the Council and develop benchmarking information in the area of gender equality The Member States have agreed on the need to strengthen EIGE s role and its collaboration with successive Presidencies in the follow up and development of Beijing indicators Since 2011 the development of the report for the Presidency country on its selected area of concern lies within EIGE s responsibility The European Institute for Gender Equality s tasks in working with the BPfA include analyzing and reviewing the area of concern selected by upcoming Presidencies ensuring follow up for the areas covered by existing indicators providing advice on updating and improving existing indicators for each Presidency of the Council of the EU developing a report reviewing the developments in implementing one of the twelve areas of concern of the BPfA promoting visibility and dissemination of information within the selected area of concern Denmark s EU Presidency 2012 Denmark which will hold the Presidency of the EU Council in January June 2012 has selected an area that is yet to be developed namely area K Women and the Environment Women and the Environment was recognized as a critical area within the BPfA and sets three main strategic objectives to involve women actively in environmental decision making at all levels to integrate gender concerns and perspectives into policies and programmes for sustainable development and to strengthen or establish mechanisms at national

    Original URL path: http://www.equalclimate.org/?module=Articles&action=Article.publicOpen&id=448 (2016-02-09)
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  • Gender equality events at COP - NIKK
    countries discussing ways to preserve the climate under the title Solidarity in the Greenhouse Participants compiled a wish list addressed to the conference delegates and a letter addressed to conference chair Angela Merkel During COP6 in the Hague in 2000 A side event was arranged to discuss the power of feminist values in climate change During COP8 in New Delhi in 2002 ENERGIA the gender and sustainable energy network together with UNDP arranged a workshop on the gender perspective in the climate debate During COP9 in Milan in 2003 ENERGIA and LIFE arranged a meeting where 30 participants discussed ways to improve lobbying and cooperation between organizations The Network of Women Ministers and Leaders for the Environment of which Sweden s Minister for the Environment Lena Sommestad was Chair also arranged a seminar during COP9 on gender equality in transportation and energy During COP10 in Buenos Airesin 2004 A two day side event was held the first event addressed adaptation strategies in the South and the second discussed women in the North and mitigating the effects of climate change During COP11 in Montreal in 2005 LIFE and Women in Europe for a Common Future drew up a strategy paper identifying multiple points at which the gender aspect could be included in the climate debate During COP13 in Bali in 2007 GenderCC Women for Climate Justice a women s network that covers the entire world was established The group published a number of documents showing ways in which women s rights and the gender perspective could be incorporated into many of the themes being negotiated In addition development organizations women s networks and government departments arranged a total of six other different side events addressing gender and equality During COP14 in Poznan in 2008 Finland in cooperation with the Global Gender

    Original URL path: http://www.equalclimate.org/en/background/historical_overview/gender_equality_events_at_cop/ (2016-02-09)
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  • Who defines the 2-degree temperature limit? - NIKK
    impacts on plant and animal life as well as people even if the warming remains below 2 degrees The manifestations will include extreme weather melting glaciers and depleted fish stocks A temperature rise of 1 2 degrees is estimated to result in crop yield reductions of up to 50 percent in the tropics for example A warming of 1 5 2 5 degrees is reckoned to lead to the extinction of between 20 and 40 percent of known plant and animal species A 2 degree rise in temperatures is expected to bring about a severe water shortage that will affect one billion people Most of the effects will be felt in the world s poorer countries and primarily by women During the 2009 Copenhagen climate conference the intergovernmental G 77 group developing countries and China called attention to the fact that a 2 degree rise in the earth s temperature represents a veritable death sentence for Africa Yet the 2 degree warming limit was one of the few issues on which any agreement at all was reached at the Copenhagen conference So where did the figure for the limit come from Joni Seager argues that the 2 degree limit as an acceptable price for climate change has been largely set by rich white men Women most affected According to Seager the 2 degree warming limit relies on climate models predicting that the effects of climate change will be distributed unevenly poor countries will be hit first and more drastically And in poor countries it is women who are affected more than men At the same time the first stages of global warming are expected to bring about some benefits to countries in the North and this is what it is fundamentally all about says Seager there is the conviction that

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  • Case 1 - NIKK
    were employed According to 80 percent of respondents the warming of the climate is a real phenomenon Some saw signs of climate change in their own living environment Approximately 20 percent of respondents said that predicting the earth s rising temperatures was being used for business purposes and to create new consumer needs Among other things the survey revealed that More than 90 of respondents sort and recycle at least paper special waste and glass and 80 also recycle cardboard and textiles Nearly all respondents either compost waste or separate their bio waste Plastic is recycled the least In many areas there is no plastic collection or the recycling centre is situated at an impractical distance Of those who responded 80 reported washing full loads of laundry 90 place cold appliances as far as possible from heat sources and 70 switch off unnecessary lights Only 5 had not switched to energy saving light bulbs in any of their light fixtures Quality and price decide when shopping The three major factors that come into play when a Martha member goes shopping are Made in Finland quality and price The treatment of animals is sometimes also a factor Half of the Martha members have reduced their consumption of beef over the last five years and about four percent are strictly vegetarian Throwing out food is something that the economy conscious Marthas do only rarely 62 or almost never 20 A quarter of Martha members always use products with the Nordic Swan eco label and apart from a few percent the rest too do so on occasion Vinegar and baking soda were the most often used ecological cleaning products Approximately half of all respondents live in densely populated centres The study also addressed questions connected to traffic 50 of respondents reported occasionally using

    Original URL path: http://www.equalclimate.org/en/whats_being_done+/green_ngos/The+Martha+Organization+in+Finland.9UFRnY5I.ips (2016-02-09)
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  • Klädoteket - NIKK
    that the trend of buying used clothing had gained ground in recent years but Klädoteket in Malmö has introduced a new shopping hybrid clothes for loan Research shows that women top the statistics in terms of clothing purchases but also that women are more inclined to make sustainable choices With Klädoteket both women and men can make environmentally friendly clothing choices Klädoteket was founded by four students who got together in 2010 to launch a non profit business that simply offers members the opportunity to borrow clothes in the same way that one would take out books from the library In Malmö one can now borrow a dress for the evening or why not also a stylish tie For a couple of hundred Swedish crowns per quarter year people can change both their wardrobes and their consumption patterns Klädoteket is the ultimate manifestation of a growing trend many people no longer care about owning something for them freedom of choice with a good conscience is more important Klädoteket is a Swedish non profit business that combines social responsibility and environmental consciousness In recent years social entrepreneurship has justifiably received increasing attention because the business model espouses a holistic view of

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  • The Nordic cooperation - NIKK
    the Nordic countries and autonomous regions lack sufficient information about climate change and sustainable development from a gender and equality perspective The Finnish presidency of the Nordic Council of Ministers was launched with the Nordic Conference on Sustainable Development Solutions local together held in Turku Finland on January 31 February 2 2011 The Finnish Ministry of Social Affairs and Health the Åland government the Åbo Akademi University and the University of Turku s women s and gender studies faculties and the Nordic Council of Ministers gender equality sector arranged a seminar on Gender climate change and sustainable development in connection with the conference There participants discussed the effect of gender on consumption and the impact that women s and men s everyday choices has on climate change and sustainable development Also discussed was how the consequences of climate change are manifested in women s and men s everyday lives The head of the Åland government Viveka Eriksson noted that Climate change and energy development have an impact on many different areas of society This in turn is reflected in women s and men s behaviour and lifestyle That is why there is significant demand today for new forms of energy and environmental technologies so that we can all reduce the strain we are placing on the environment Read the presentations from the seminar here in Swedish and Finnish Read the programme for the Finnish presidency The Nordic Region a Green Climate Leader here Equal Climate web portal For the purpose of taking advantage of the state of the art competence and significant political will that is present in the Nordic countries Faroe Islands Greenland and Åland Islands right now in fighting the effects of climate change also from a gender perspective a new Equal Climate knowledge platform has been developed The platform serves as a data bank and idea reserve for supporting the gender mainstreaming of political decision making and solutions for climate change and sustainable development in the Nordic Region including the Faroe Islands Greenland and Åland Islands the portal also functions as a link between each The knowledge platform can also be used globally to showcase good examples from the Nordic countries and the ways in which gender equality has been incorporated into climate change and sustainable development locally regionally and globally Councils of Ministers Council of Ministers for Gender Equality MR JÄM Since 2008 the Nordic Ministers for Gender Equality MR JÄM at the Nordic Council of Ministers have focused on gender and climate change The theme was discussed during 2008 2010 ministers meetings at the Nordic Summit in February 2009 at a side event arranged in connection with the UN Commission on the Status of Women CSW session in New York in March 2009 and in connection with the COP15 conference held in Copenhagen with a debate entitled The heat is on Gender and Climate Change in North and South which focused on the impact of global climate change on women and men in different parts

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  • Samerna... - NIKK
    more difficult for the reindeer herd to reach food and move around from one area to another According to Rauna Kuokkanen livestock husbandry is often seen as a masculine activity In reality also women contribute substantially to reindeer herding and they are often responsible for maintaining the traditional verdde system which is based on economic and social relationships between individuals and families 1 Researcher Solveig Joks has pointed out that reindeer herding is often linked solely to a traditionally masculine work the production of meat instead of realizing that it is an important part of Sámi culture and household economics where women s role is significant Challenges like these have led many women to give up reindeer herding 2 In Greenland a warmer climate breeds poverty and social problems Malin Jennings has interviewed and followed up with 24 hunters and their families in Thule Qaannaaq and the northern most village in the world Siorapaluk The men in the families have hunted for walrus whale seal polar bears and birds while women have managed the animals prepared food from the meat and sewed clothing out of the skin The changing warmer climate has made hunting more difficult Successful hunting requires long periods of ice According to Jennings we may have already seen the last generation of full time hunters in Greenland Inuit hunters social standing has also sunk from the top to the bottom The consequences of this include poverty identity problems and various social challenges Many people have switched to a different line of work and moved to bigger villages where the lines for housing can be long Families are increasingly dependent on women s jobs When women go to work they have less time to maintain their skills in traditional tasks As they no longer sew their own clothing

    Original URL path: http://www.equalclimate.org/en/whats_being_done+/the_nordic_co-operation/The+impact+of+climate+change+on+Inuit+and+S%C3%A1mi+societies.9UFRnY0D.ips (2016-02-09)
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  • The Nordic co-operation around gender and climate change - NIKK
    any connection being made between capital ethics and moral considerations So why are women so invisible in the climate debate Are we pleased that the climate question is not being used as a tool in the struggle for equality Or is a gender based climate analysis so dangerous to the power elites that women s voices cannot be allowed to be heard On the basis of research and statistics we would come up with a climate politics that takes into account the fact that women s CO2 levels are much lower than men s Analysis logic fairness and global solidarity are all things that we toss out in today s debates as we single mindedly talk only of green growth The debate is stuck and I think that even Keynes himself would have been prepared to slightly adjust the principle that one stimulates the economy in a downturn through consumption Without leaving behind the mainstream one can however see some softening in our notions discussions about the negative aspects of growth the need to reduce our use of resources and the burden we place on the environment and climate and progressive proposals by high level players to investigate for example how we should measure economic growth and wellbeing without losing speed or control Lack of global responsibility Climate change and the lack of global agreements for reducing greenhouse gas emissions represent without a doubt some of the most important questions facing our society There is no shortage of information about the scientific aspects or the socio economic costs of these issues We are also well aware of their connection to consumption and energy use and we know that women have a smaller carbon footprint than men The way society is now organized it is in the hands of men to make the politically unpleasant decisions decisions that could upset the economic power balance in society and even the world This has never happened before and it is becoming increasingly clear that we are a long way from a global climate agreement The so called Parties stand far a apart in the key questions of power The climate negotiations reflect our global lack of responsibility taking which has been waning since the Rio Earth Summit twenty years ago And many of the solutions that are being offered today are the same ones offered already in the 1970s I suppose it s too much to ask that we make decisions now that would lead to a more just and equal international economic world order Up to this point only one person a woman Gro Harlem Brundtland in 1987 has formulated the guidelines for our common future and laid the groundwork for several global conventions adopted at the Rio Earth Summit in 1992 Climate as the stick in the fight for women I have not heard talk of a climate war but certainly of climate refugees Perhaps they have to arrive at the doorstep of the Nordic countries before we can hope to

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