1. How did I not know?

Updated: Sep 27, 2020

‘Climate change [will have] severe ramifications on gender inequalities.’ - Felipe J. Ruiz and Juan P Vallejo, 2019

XR women take to Waterloo Bridge. Photo Credit: Jonathon Brady.

DAY 1. How did I not know that women and girls will be disproportionately impacted by climate change and the ecological crisis?

DAY 2. How did I not know that ‘extreme weather’ has already displaced a record 7 million people?

DAY 3. How did I not know that the ecological crisis will cause mass displacement of people around the world?

DAY 4. How did I not know about intersectional environmentalism?

DAY 5. How did I not know the extent of my privilege?

DAY 6. How did I not know that women and girls around the world have to walk for miles to find food, water and shelter?

DAY 7. How did I not know that these miles get longer and longer as climate change gets worse and worse?

DAY 8. How did I not know that my plastic bags travel to Vietnam to be ‘recycled’?

DAY 9. How did I not know about world nature day?

DAY 10. How did I not know that the Western world makes trash invisible?

DAY 11. How did I not know about world ocean day?

DAY 12. How did I not know about the correlation between race, poverty and environmental injustices?

DAY 13. How did I not know that we are not all in the same boat, but we are riding through the same storm?

DAY 14. How did I not know that social media is saturated with voices fighting against the ecological crisis?

DAY 15. How did I not know that the impact of the ecological crisis will not be equal?

DAY 16. How did I not know that to produce trash is a privilege?

DAY 17. How did I not know that the world has six months to avert climate crisis?

DAY 18. How did I not know that to collect your trash is to see it and realise habits must change?


DAY 19. How did I not know the difference between climate change and the ecological crisis?

DAY 20. How did I not know the amount of trash I personally consume?

DAY 21. How did I not know that by typing this to you, I am releasing more carbon dioxide into the air?

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Deutsche Welle. ‘Extreme weather disasters and wars displace millions’. Infomigrants, 2020, https://href.li/?https://www.infomigrants.net/en/post/24388/extreme-weather-disasters-and-wars-displace-millions#:~:text=Extreme%20weather%20displaced%2024%20million,Displacement%20Monitoring%20Center%20(IDMC), (Accessed: 2020).


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Ruiz, Felipe Jaramillo and Juan Pablo Vallejo. ‘The post political link between gender and climate change: the case of the nationally determined contributions support programme’. Contexto Internacional, Vol 41, No 2, May/Aug 2019.


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Mock, Brentin. ‘The Green Movement is talking about racism? It’s about time’. Outside Online, 2017, https://href.li/?https://www.outsideonline.com/2142326/environmentalism-must-confront-its-social-justice-sins, (Accessed: 2020).

Sengupta, Somini. ‘Extreme weather displaced a record 7 million people in the first half of 2019’. The New York Times, 2019, https://href.li/?https://www.nytimes.com/2019/09/12/climate/extreme-weather-displacement.html?login=email&auth=login-email, (Accessed: 2020).


'...' ‘India’s ominous future: too little water, or far too much’. The New York Times, 2019, https://href.li/?https://www.nytimes.com/interactive/2019/11/25/climate/india-monsoon-drought.html, (Accessed: 2020).


'...' ‘Read up on the links between racism and the environment’. The New York Times, 2020, https://href.li/?https://www.nytimes.com/interactive/2020/06/05/climate/racism-climate-change-reading-list.html, (Accessed: 2020).


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Vanhee, Sarah. 'Oblivion'. Sarah Vanhee, 2015, http://www.sarahvanhee.com/oblivion, (Accessed: 2020).


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@Ayanaeliza. ‘Read up on the links between Racism and the Environment’. Instagram, 2020, https://www.instagram.com/p/CBTK53lHskq/, (Accessed: 2020).


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@Thisisbwright. ‘Environmentalists for BLM’. Instagram. 2020, https://www.instagram.com/p/CA0dcwfFnJm/, (Accessed: 2020).

@xr_london. ‘Stop saying that we’re all in the same boat’. Instagram, 2020, https://www.instagram.com/p/CBeA-sanhCg/, (Accessed: 2020).


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