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Gender and Climate Change Topic of Next Women's Studies Forum

SUNY Plattsburgh environmental sociologist Dr. Lauren Eastwood will discuss how climate change impacts women differently than men at the Gender and Women’s Studies Forum, “Gender and Climate Change,” Thursday, Feb. 23 from 12:30 to 1:45 p.m., 202 Yokum Lecture Hall.

Eastwood, associate professor and chair of the Department of Sociology, whose research includes investigating ways in which communities in the arctic respond to issues related to changing climate, will discuss how women are particularly vulnerable to these changes. Because they constitute the majority of the world’s poor and are more dependent for their livelihood on natural resources threatened by detrimental environmental shifts, Eastwood says that women face social, economic and political barriers that limit their ability to cope, much less succeed. 

Eastwood maintains that women are also effective agents of change — they often have a strong body of knowledge and expertise that can be used in climate change mitigation, disaster reduction and adaption strategies.

The Gender and Women’s Studies Forum is free and open to the public. For more information, contact Dr. Susan Mody, chair and associate professor of women’s studies, at 518-564-2809 or email [email protected]

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