Feminism is all about human rights and equality, right? It’s not about the environment or social conflict or economic and political stability.
Feminism has far more wide-ranging effects than most of us realize. It influences our society and economy like rainfall affects flowers. Like oxygen affects our survival.
And that’s crucial because we are living on a planet that is veering out of control in terms of its population growth, consumption of Earth’s finite resources, and environmental impacts.
According to the United Nations, Africa’s population could quadruple by 2100. South Asia and parts of the Middle East are also on rapid population-growth trajectories, as are many other poorer developing nations. We could have 10 or 11 billion people by the of this century and still have more coming, because the population has not yet stabilized.We’re Far from Feminism
Feminism means different things to different people and cultures, but it’s unified by a view that women deserve equal opportunities for education, employment, financial benefits, and human rights.
Globally, we’re a heck of long way from achieving gender equality, and the disparities vary a lot among cultures and societies.
In broad terms, the Africa, the Middle East, and Central Asia rank lowest in gender equality, Western Europe the highest, and other regions are in between.
In Saudi Arabia, for instance, women have only recently been granted the right to drive a car. In parts of Africa, women are still being circumcised. Some ultra-extremist Muslim groups have kidnapped and even murdered young women trying to get an education. The list goes on...Feminism is the Key
Many folks don't realize just how crucial the empowerment of women and girls is for the world. The most urgent goal is Let Girls Learn — allow girls and young women an opportunity to gain an education.
In demographic terms, this consistently raises the age at which women have their first child — because instead of bearing children they’re studying and developing a career first.
For instance, an uneducated girl might have her first child in her teens, whereas a young woman whose had some educational and career opportunities might wait until her early 20s.
And that one change is magical — it makes all the difference in the world.Population Stabilizes
Population growth slows dramatically because women who start their families later almost always have fewer children. At the same time, the generation time (the interval between birth and reproduction) increases.
We can illustrate this using a simple online tool:
Let’s imagine two Earths, each of which have 1 billion people. On Unstable Earth, girls begin their families at age 16 and have 6 children each. After one century, how many people would that Earth have?
About 73 billion — an incredible increase.
But on Stable Earth, girls begin their families later, at age 23, and have just 3 children each. After one century, how many people would it have?
Half a billion. About 150 times less.
We can make this ultra-simple example more realistic by including the fact that, in smaller families, a larger fraction of the children will survive — as they’ll be better-off financially, with better food and health care.
If we assume child survival increases from 70 percent in large families to 90 percent in smaller families, then Unstable Earth will have 8.6 billion people after a century, whereas Stable Earth will have one-third of a billion people — still about 25 times less. Amazing.
The point is to demonstrate the incredibly powerful effect of allowing young girls to get an education. It’s a complete world-changer. Doing so slams the brakes on runaway population growth. And it works fast — we start seeing the benefits almost immediately.
Fertility rates can potentially drop very rapidly, bringing almost immediate benefits where population pressures are high.But Wait — There’s More!
As if that weren’t enough, allowing a young woman to get an education and choose when she starts her family has a bunch of other positive effects:
· It increases the health and education of her children
· It reduces the likelihood that she will be divorced
· It increases the likelihood that her children will get jobs later in life, and it makes them less likely to commit crimes or be socially disenfranchised
· And societies with lower population growth (which therefore are not drowning in young people) have less crime and violent conflict — and are less vulnerable to having their young people radicalized by extremist groupsWhy Aren’t We Doing More?
Given the astonishing and immediate benefits of educating young women, why aren’t we pushing this harder?
Why aren’t Western Europeans investing every spare penny in Africa and the Middle East — to reduce the social conflicts, wars, and intense immigration pressures Europe is having to endure each year? Why wait until there are four times as many Africans as today?
And why aren’t North Americans doing the same thing for rapidly growing countries in Latin America and the Caribbean?
And Australians for burgeoning nations in the Asia-Pacific?
Bottom line: We should all be pushing hard to promote education of young women worldwide because it’s the right thing to do.
And just as importantly — for our societies, economies, environment, and planetary stress — it’s the smart thing to do.
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New Zealand’s booming export log market is starting to catch the jitters as concerns mount about the impact of US President Donald Trump’s trade war.
Demand for New Zealand logs has been strong over recent years as local sawmills compete with the export market to source logs for local construction, at a time when demand in China has stepped up after Asia’s largest economy clamped down on the harvesting of its own forests and reduced tariffs on imported logs to meet demand in its local market. However, trade tensions between the US and China are creating nervousness in the market, as traders fear tariffs will hurt economic growth and dampen demand.
“Positivity has permeated the industry, at least for those selling logs, for upwards of two-years,” AgriHQ analyst Reece Brick said in his latest monthly report on the forestry market. “However, it’s getting a bit nervy all of the sudden. That’s not to say everyone’s panicking, but there are certainly more reasons to frown than we’ve seen for a long-while.
“The export scene, along with the rest of the world, is trying to figure out what the outcomes will be of the tiff between the US and China. Economic growth data, stock exchange indices and foreign exchange rates have all made unfavourable movements in the past month, and there’s little sign that the relations between the two countries is on the mend.”
Brick’s comments about nervousness in the log market echo similar concerns noted by industry watchers in the dairy and wool industries recently, where demand is said to have weakened as buyers are concerned that tariffs on end products will flow back to dent demand for New Zealand commodities.
“If there’s a common enemy for NZ log traders it’s President Trump,” said AgriHQ’s Brick. “Another month of the US and China passing tit-for-tat trade tariffs is creating global economic uncertainty, understandably causing some nerves given log values are highly reliant on macro-economic strength.”
The US and China this month imposed tariffs of 25 percent on US$34 billion of each other’s exports and US tariffs on an additional US$16 billion of Chinese goods are coming soon. The US government also said last week it was readying new tariffs on Chinese goods worth an additional US$200 billion.
Brick noted the latest set of economic data out of China indicates the trade war is already impacting China’s economy, with second-quarter growth slowing to 6.7 percent, its slowest rate of growth in almost two years, and expectations for a further decline in the third quarter.
“The consensus in the market place is that the trade tension between China and the United States could cause an economic downturn,” Brick said. “The International Monetary Fund condemned President Trump’s trade policy and advised governments to bulk up savings. The escalating trade tension may hinder global growth and delay foreign investments worldwide.
“The main issue is the nervousness that is reverberating throughout the globe, slowly rippling into NZ. Sentiment within the NZ market is mixed – the more risk averse are preparing for a drop beyond the short-term, while quite a few others are thinking this is a temporary, storm-in-a-teacup situation. Either way, no-one can be certain.”
AgriHQ’s monthly survey of exporters, forest owners and saw millers showed the average price for structural S1 logs in the New Zealand market edged up to $136 a tonne this month, from $135 a tonne last month, and marking the highest level since 1993. The average price for New Zealand A-grade export logs held steady at a four-year high of US$145/JAS.
Right now, we have an incredible project underway in northern Ghana that will help thousands of people. This community is reliant on a river that’s now running dangerously dry for months on end. Planting trees will help protect the river, so that’s exactly what we are going to do, on a huge scale. And
Industry4Europe is a coalition of around 130 manufacturer associations committed towards the achievement of an ambitious EU industrial strategy.
#Industry4Europe initiative, CEPI's a part of, has released four documents in the past months.
A governance structure
1. Ensuring an informed and permanent dialogue between the industry and policy decision-makers in association with civil society stakeholders (trade unions, consumers organisations, NGOs, academia) and;
2. A structure of European Institutions which allows for an Industrial Strategy to be addressed and implemented at highest level.
The governance structure document is available here.
The aim is to propose a short list of indicators that can be used to both assess the health of the European industry and monitor the progress made by the EU on the implementation of its industrial strategy.
The indicators document is available here.
Declaration on industrial on EU industrial strategy
The representatives of the European manufacturing industry call on the European Commission to, among other things, refirm the commitment to reaching the target of 20% of GDP from industry, with an ambitious and realistic timeline and.
The full declaration is available here.
Joint reaction paper
Industry4Europe initiative has also released a paper to react to "Investing in a smart, innovative and sustainable Industry. A renewed EU Industrial Policy Strategy" published by the European Commission.
The full document is available here.
We are getting closer to Paper & Beyond, 2018 – the reformatted version of CEPI’s annual event, previously known as European Paper Week.
The early bird tickets of EUR 520 with 20% discount are on sale here until 5 August only. The regular fee is EUR 650.
What to expect from Paper & Beyond, 2018. Where the bioeconomy and circularity meet?
Paper & Beyond will unite top industry professionals together with the EU's leading policymakers.
Join one of Europe's most innovative industries as we discuss how to bridge circularity with the bioeconomy.
Don't miss your chance to meet the leaders that are framing the future of Europe's circular bioeconomy!
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