WOMEN ARE ideally positioned to influence climate justice according to Oxfam Ireland and the Mary Robinson Foundation.
They are hosting international guests, including a woman from Bougainville, who are speaking about the impact of climate change on women’s lives and how women are acting to achieve climate justice.
“My elders and my community have given me a huge task,” said Ursula Rakova from the Carteret Islands in Bougainville.
“[I have] to tell the world what is happening on my island and what climate change is doing to destroy our lives. We are being forced from our ancient island homeland.”
Ursula is executive director of Tulele Peisa - “sailing the waves on our own” - a local community organisation that is trying to relocate the entire island community of the Carterets to nearby Bougainville because of the impacts of climate change.
“I would say to people who believe that climate change is not happening: if you have the heart to feel that you are flesh and blood, start to think about us on the island. What is a choice of lifestyle for you is a choice of life or death for us,” she said.
Ursula is part of the Climate Wise Women organisation that has toured the world presenting the stories of women leaders from regions affected by climate change.
Source: Clerical Whispers Website