Climate change is causing glaciers to melt, heat waves to become more intense, species to become extinct and low-lying island nations like Tuvalu to disappear altogether. To this list of calamities, U.S. Rep.
That warning is contained in a resolution the California Democrat introduced in
“Food-insecure women with limited socioeconomic resources may be vulnerable to situations such as sex work, transactional sex, and early marriage that put them at risk for
The document’s purpose is to call attention to the ways that women are vulnerable to climate change. In poor and developing countries, it will become more difficult for women to grow and collect food and water for their families. Natural disasters fueled by climate change will force many women and children to become refugees.
But predictably, the online coverage has focused on sex.
“Democrats: Global warming means more hookers,” according to Tucker Carlson’s website, the Daily Caller.
"Climate Change Causes Prostitution? Congressional Leaders Say Yes," writes Latinos Post.
"It's unfortunate that this resolution has been misrepresented as to its goals," Lee told the Los Angeles Times via email. "Tragically, as women across the world are pushed to the margins, they become more vulnerable. And we've seen time after time that women on the edge are forced to make heartbreaking choices, this among them."
Lee, who represents Berkeley, Oakland and other parts of the East Bay, originally introduced this resolution in 2009. She introduced it again last week in recognition of Earth Week (an extended version of
The resolution was introduced to the
You can read the resolution online here.
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[For the Record, 3 p.m. PST Nov. 18: An earlier version of this post said the House resolution claimed global warming could push 3 million people into poverty. The resolution puts the figure at 3 billion.]