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Margaret Atwood claims climate crisis and women’s rights are “very connected”

Author Margaret Atwood makes people who ignore the climate crisis ‘sexist’ – and claims that women’s rights and environmental issues are ‘very connected’

  • Margaret Atwood, 80, says that women’s rights and climate change are “very connected.”
  • Claims that those who want to suppress women also often deny the climate crisis
  • Credits climate activists such as Greta Thunberg with a spearhead movement

Author Margaret Atwood has claimed that women’s rights and the climate crisis are ‘very connected’.

The Handmaid’s Tale writer, 80, from Ottawa, Canada, insisted that action on climate change is “very important” and Greta Thunberg was in charge of this issue.

The novelist, who is also an avid environmentalist, said that those who “want to suppress women” are the same people who often “want to pretend that there is no climate crisis.”

Speak against France24, the author insisted that if you denied climate change, you in turn suppressed “very strong voices” within that movement.

The Handmaid’s Tale writer Margaret Atwood (photo) has claimed that women’s rights and the climate crisis are “very connected”

The novelist, 80, from Ottawa, Canada, says that those who “want to suppress women” are the same people who often “want to pretend that there is no climate crisis.”

“There is a powerful new generation and I think the climate change movement is very important,” she said.

“That and women’s rights are closely linked. So the people who want to suppress women also want to pretend that there is no climate crisis.

“So if you suppress women, you also suppress some very powerful voices about the climate crisis.”

This is not the first time the writer has linked climate change to women’s rights; in 2018, she predicted that women will be most affected by climate change, the Guardian.

The writer has credited activists, such as Greta Thunberg, with leading action on the subject of climate change. Greta is depicted during a future climate protest in Hamburg, Germany

The writer has credited activists, such as Greta Thunberg, with leading action on the subject of climate change. Greta is depicted during a future climate protest in Hamburg, Germany

The writer has credited activists, such as Greta Thunberg, with leading action on the subject of climate change. Greta is depicted during a future climate protest in Hamburg, Germany

“Women will be directly and adversely affected by climate change,” the author said.

She claimed that extreme weather conditions such as droughts, floods and rising sea levels will all result in less food, which means that supplies are unevenly distributed between women and children.

“[Climate change] it also means social unrest, which can lead to wars and civil wars, and then brutal repressions and totalitarianism, “she added. “Women do poorly in wars – worse than in peacetime.”

The dystopian novel by Margaret The Handmaids Tale became an instant feminist classic at the release in 1985.

The dystopian novel by Margaret The Handmaids Tale became an instant feminist classic at the release in 1985 and has since turned into a popular TV series. Elisabeth Moss is portrayed as maidservant Offred in the adaptation

The dystopian novel by Margaret The Handmaids Tale became an instant feminist classic at the release in 1985 and has since turned into a popular TV series. Elisabeth Moss is portrayed as maidservant Offred in the adaptation

The dystopian novel by Margaret The Handmaids Tale became an instant feminist classic at the release in 1985 and has since turned into a popular TV series. Elisabeth Moss is portrayed as maidservant Offred in the adaptation

Last year the author released a follow-up to her iconic novel, which managed to win the Man Booker Prize two months before it was even released.

The book is set 15 years after The Handmaid’s Tale, which describes a dystopian society in the near future in which fertile women, known as maidservants, are forced to provide children for the rich and influential people.

A popular TV series was made of the original novel, which received much praise when it debuted in 2017 and won five Primetime Emmy Awards for the first season.

Mad Men actress Elisabeth Moss plays maid Offred, the main character in the series, alongside Joseph Fiennes, Yvonne Strahovski, Alexis Bledel and Ann Dowd.

The third season was broadcast during the summer and Hulu picked up the show, which dropped slightly in ratings and applauded for a fourth.

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