Clinton: Women ‘Will Be Primarily Burdened' by Climate Change

February 5, 2018

Two-time failed presidential candidate Hillary Clinton said Monday that the effects of climate change will hurt women in particular.

Clinton participated in a Georgetown University panel where she responded to an audience question about the effects of climate change on women. In a response flagged by multimedia company Grabien, the former secretary of state told the Washington, D.C. audience that women’s lives all over the world would get worse because of climate change. She advised members of the audience to take steps such as planting more trees, but she also criticized the Trump administration for pulling out of the Paris climate accords.

"I do think that there needs to be more political pressure put on the current administration to get back into the Paris agreement," she said to loud applause.

"With respect to the rest of the world, I would say that particularly for women ... they will bear the brunt of looking for the food, looking for the firewood, looking for the place to migrate to when all of the grass is finally gone as the desertification moves south and you have to keep moving your livestock or your crops are no longer growing," she said.

She named places all over the world where crops are "burning up in intense heat," and she advised partnering with international organizations to help.

"So yes, women once again will be primarily burdened with the problems of climate change," she said. "So look for international organizations to support."

"There are some groups that are planting trees and people say, 'well you know, that is kind of simple thing. I want to do something really important.' Planting trees is really important," Clinton added.

She went on to describe how people can help by taking steps such as "agitating for drought-resistant seeds and seedlings."