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Fund Girls’ Education. Don’t Greenwash It.

Fund Girls’ Education. Don’t Greenwash It. | Center For Global Development (cgdev.org)

You might think girls’ education and climate change are quite different issues. But, with money for and political attention on climate change growing, savvy education donors and advocacy organisations are increasingly making links between the two. The UK’s FCDO, for instance, claims girls in poor countries are “among the greatest assets we have in responding to the climate crisis.” And UNESCO cites Project Drawdown, which ranks educating girls and women 6th out of 80 solutions to combat climate change. We argue this strategy is empirically and morally flawed. There is no need to greenwash education. In an accompanying blog, we present five ways that education systems can support children in the face of climate change—today.