Environmental degradation and poverty go hand in hand throughout the developing world. As resources decline, poverty rises and the group most affected are rural women. However, as the primary natural resource users in developing communities, women are also in the best position to reverse environmental decline and lift their communities out of poverty.
So why have so few organizations systematically engaged women in managing and restoring vulnerable ecosystems? Why have so few organizations and interventions targeted the deep rooted links between environmental degradation and poverty? Those are the questions that inspired New Course and those are the gaps we’re working diligently to close within the conservation and development sectors.
New Course CEO Jamie Bechtel recently with spoke with Annette Ross of Common Ground on the inspiration behind New Course’s philosophy and the urgent need to better engage women around the world in conservation and development efforts. Common Ground is a part of Sylvia Global, a network that aims to highlight women around the world and share the work being done on behalf of women.
Check out the video to learn more about New Course’s work and the impact we’re having on organizations and communities around the world.