Women and Environmental: The Analysis of Correlation and Causation

Tapas Pal, Mr. Sukanta Das


According to World Bank (1991), “Women play an essential role in the management of natural resources including soil, forests and energy…and often have a profound traditional and contemporary knowledge of the natural world around them. Since the day of sketching of civilization on Earth, the man-environment relationship has been started its journey. Though the yarn of relationship was started with the nourishing of maternal society yet the invention of Agriculture eroded the empowerment of women in environment. But in recent people are conscious about their environmental degradation and to cope this phase they feel about the contribution of women. In this respect on 1975 (International Women Day) a conference was conducted on the topic ‘Women & Environment’ in Mexico. Eco-feminists are realizing the importance of women to manage the environment in sustainable way. Since the Neolithic time women have engaged themselves in agriculture with the natural manure system, which was pure application for environment. Women’s have multiple relations to their environments- natural, built and social - from feminist and anti-racist perspectives. UNEP hopes that Women and the Environment will inspire the environmental and sustainable development community to better understand the importance of gender, and to integrate a gender perspective across all of its work. Women comprises over half the world’s population. They make a major contribution to the well-being and sustainable development of their communities and nations, and to the maintenance of the earth’s ecosystem, biodiversity, natural resources and folk-resources. Long before the first Earth-Day in 1970, women were playing a major role in the effort to protect the environment. Women traditionally have been responsible for the care and welfare of families, which makes them especially sensitive to the importance of clean air and safe water.As mothers they know that their bodies provide the first environment for a child, and that they will be primarily responsible for the nourishment, safety and well-being of their children. Women symbolized the life-giving and conserving aspect of human nature. That means they are the causation of environmental nourishment. Parallel the correlation is present here between women and to save the environment. What was sometimes portrayed as blind opposition to progress was actually a zeal to protect human health and the quality of life.


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