The idea of the “feminine perspective and process” can be adopted to reflect and improve our current approaches on tackling climate change. Structures of empowerment within communities’ organisations must be put in place so that woman can be fully present on committees and policy work. Unfortunately, this is currently not generally the case. It is important to be cautious of blanket statements, as there are differences across cultures. The single story is almost always incomplete or even wrong. Nonetheless, women tend to be the poorest and the poorest are often most affected by climate change, which further drives poverty creating a viscous cycle. Women are often less likely to have land ownership and financial control, which generally weakens their stance as leaders and decision-makers. We must realise that this effect is visible to some extend in most if not all cultures, and in a developed country we are certainly not free of structural issues of gender in climate change. Recently (March 2018) even the IPCC uncovered shortcomings in gender balance. It was subsequently decided to form a task group on gender to work on this and other gender-related issues within the IPCC.
Climate change is not gender neutral. Gender dimensions must be considered as drivers of disparity in vulnerability but more generally also in the study of climate change as well as the search for and creation of solutions. Inequalities need to be tackled when tackling climate issues to prevent solutions of one aspect causing harm to the other.