Guest essay by Eric Worrall
The ongoing effort by climate advocates to find a way to make us care about their failed cause has reached a new low, with a claim that global warming is making young vulnerable girls more likely to be forced into marriage, in barbaric cultures which sanction some forms of child abuse.
Here’s How Climate Change Is Sexist
First, two facts:
1.) Bangladesh has been ravaged by flooding and cyclones in recent years.
2.) Some 30 percent of girls in Bangladesh get married before they turn 15, meaning it has one of the highest rates of child marriage in the world.
What could those two things possibly have in common? They’re both the product of climate change.
It might seem crazy, but it’s true: Around the world, climate change disproportionately affects people living in poverty, especially poor women and girls. In Bangladesh, for example, big shifts in weather patterns have caused cyclones, flooding, and droughts, forcing families that spent generations farming the countryside to pick up and leave. To survive, they’re are forced to relocate to cities to look for work, and families often resort to marrying off their young daughters so they have fewer mouths to feed.
Leaving aside the fact that even the IPCC admits there is no evidence CO2 is making storms worse, lets assume for a moment that the claim was true – that storms were getting worse, and that this was forcing more destitute parents to sell their girl children to pedophiles.
Would the best way to help these poor girls really be to build more wind turbines? Or would that money better be spent on specific programmes to empower women? Initiatives such as Microfinance programmes to help poor people develop a reliable income, so desperate parents could be spared the agony of having to sell some of their children?