UNEP: Climate change is empowering women in Sudan… Or something to that effect.

Guest ridiculing by David Middleton


08 MAR 2019 STORY CLIMATE CHANGE
Empowering women on the frontlines of climate change


On any given morning in the locality of Al-Rahad in Sudan, women like Hawa Abdullah, dressed in bright colours, can be seen turning up the earth of their land or scattering seeds on their tractors.


While the scene is age-old, the number of women farmers—and those performing traditionally male roles—has grown out of the impacts of climate change and environmental degradation. Al Rahad, in the North Kordofan State, like other regions in the Sahel, has suffered from increasing temperatures, uneven distribution and variability of rainfall, and drought. In turn, this has affected the livelihoods of pastoralists and farmers, with men migrating to the capital of Khartoum or other cities in search of employment.


In turn, women—whose traditional roles have been caring for children and performing household chores—have stepped into the role of providers. By renting fields for their livestock and crops, they have been able to sell goods at the market and earn a small income.

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UNEP

So… Climate change is causing men to abandon their families on farms in barren deserts to go to the destitute city of Khartoum to seek unemployment… And this is “empowering women on the frontlines of climate change”?

Setting aside the fact that the UNEP article read like it was lifted from the script of The Waterboy... Sudan is a fracking desert. How much climate change could have occurred? Did it stop being a desert?

The World Bank has the answers.

Sudan then.
Sudan now.
Sudan now overlaid on top of then.

How much climate change could have occurred? Not much. Did it stop being a desert? No.

The late, great Sam Kinison actually solved Sudan’s problems a long time ago.

Featured image from Meme Generator.

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61 thoughts on “UNEP: Climate change is empowering women in Sudan… Or something to that effect.

  1. “…women like Hawa Abdullah, dressed in bright colours, can be seen turning up the earth of their land or scattering seeds on their tractors.”

    Why would they scatter seeds on their tractors? Wouldn’t the seeds grow better if planted in the ground? Makes no sense to me.

    • ‘scattering seeds on their tractors. Wouldn’t the seeds grow better if planted in the ground? Makes no sense to me.’ I have a question. Where did they get the money for the fuel? And, don’t tell they use their livestock to pull the tracker.

        • well it’s an aspirational tractor after all. It doesn’t actually work, but you feel good about it working in theory.

          • According to the GND, Tractors don’t actually have to work. It may be unable or UNWILLING to work.

      • Excellent catch ocw!

        Even if the author intended to mean the ladies were using tractors for “scattering seeds on their tractors” as a method for planting seeds; the author screwed up in that planting seeds using tractors is never “scattering seeds”.

        Suggesting that the closest the author ever came to farming, originates from reading the bible.

        • Can you point to a reference to scattering in conjunction with farming? I see only sheep, bones, people scattered.

          SR

    • Love reading all these replies. It was a stupid statement, and you guys picked it apart on multiple hilarious levels.
      Note: tractors aren’t cheap in the US. Where did these ladies get the tractors in the first place? If they could afford to buy a tractor, why didn’t they just move away from the desert?

    • Love reading all these replies. It was a stupid statement, and you guys picked it apart on multiple hilarious levels.
      Note: tractors aren’t cheap in the US. Where did these ladies get the tractors in the first place? If they could afford to buy a tractor, why didn’t they just move away from the desert?

  2. My first reaction is, “How about some error bars?” Those two graphs have to be statistically the same when you consider errors.

  3. Okay, so climate change is empowering women.

    We’ve seen that climate change is empowering children to sue fossil-fuel companies.

    What next? — Climate change empowers gender fluidity? … Climate change empowers people of color? … Climate change empowers the homeless? … Climate change empowers cancer victims?

    Let’s choose any social justice agenda we can think of and empower the associated people with climate change.

    Climate change is the magic, empowering cause of all causes. The only thing that could top it would be surviving space alien invasions — now there’s a grand cause to get behind.

  4. Correct me if I’m wrong, but isn’t the Sahel one of the places that are measurably greening? As in, it can be seen by Satellites? That doesn’t sound like something that would happen at the same time as massive Climate Crisis induced crop failures.

    ~_~

  5. The women are all that remain because the men went off to fight in Jihad in Syria and Iraq, and none came back.

  6. Far too many people scratching a living in parts of the world where the
    annual rainfall is not enough for survival. Its just the usual rubbish from the
    UN, must give the staff something too do.

    MJE

  7. The Kinison bit was proceless! And true! It’s the dessert! Nothing grows there! That’s exactly what Nature is trying to tell you with the hunger pangs. Get the U-Haul and move where the food is.

  8. “the number of WOMEN farmers—and those performing traditionally MALES roles”……the ol’ dehumanizing half the population that’s been the MSM narrative since at least the early 90’s…..this statement always inspires me to aske the brain washed the obvious question: MALE what? Are we talking about male and female homo sapiens or men and women? Somebody please explain this to me!

  9. It’s all so damn dumb keeps coming to my mind. BUT there are many, many people earning a living with this drivel, many others reaping rents, and the obtuse who eat what they are fed.

    Remember when communists stopped believing in communism/socialism. That would be good if that would happen in this case.

  10. I wonder how many times the raw data for Sudan has been adjusted to make any separation at all in the temperature. You’d think there would be a bigger difference in the winter than in the summer, you know, according to their radiative forcing hypothesis.

    Here’s the real reason why Sudan has been a little drier on average, natural variation in the ITCZ – it was a little further south over the longitudes of Sudan in the past 15 years.

    https://www.researchgate.net/figure/Average-position-of-ITCZ-in-the-period-of-ten-years_fig3_312541412

  11. They get away with publishing such articles because few could find this nation on a map much less have any understanding of what its climate has been or presently is.

  12. Sudan also has the Janjaweed. Armed Muslim groups aiming to “arabize” the country. A term meaning genocidal intent.

    The Sudanese males are particular targets for death. That may have something to do with why they’ve become scarce.

  13. Published in Christian Science Monitor online 12 March 2019: __‘A women’s revolution’: Why women are leading calls for change in Sudan __, by South African correspondent Ryan Lenora Brown. Seems like a case of actual journalism. Turns out that Sudanese women are banding together and with men to protest fundamentalist islamist rule by a pseudo-communist dictator — one of that over-protected, too frequently encountered type that the UN rarely criticises. Easier to blame capitalist imperialist climate changers, and much more likely to get funded.

  14. “While the scene is age-old, the number of women farmers—and those performing traditionally male roles—has grown out of the impacts of climate change and environmental degradation.”

    Climate change? Nothing to do with men fighting an internal war, tearing the country apart, fighting in Kenya and raiding ships in the Gulf? Nah, wouldn’t be anything to do with that.

  15. In most parts of Africa the women traditionally do the field work. Maybe it only becomes men’s work when there are tractors.

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