35 min

How the climate crisis drives child marriage Climate Curious

    • Earth Sciences

Current extreme weather events are contributing to higher prevalence of child marriage, says Dr Faith Mwangi-Powell, CEO of Girls Not Brides on the latest Climate Curious by TEDxLondon. Picture this – there’s a heatwave, followed by a drought, your cows have nothing to drink, your crops fail, you’ve got six mouths to feed, and no income. The only option to survive? Finding a husband for one of your daughters in exchange for a bride price. Tune in with co-hosts Ben Hurst and Daze Aghaji to learn why 12 million girls globally are married below the age of 18, how the three Cs – climate change, covid and conflict – are making the situation worse, and how education is the closest thing we have to a silver bullet for child marriage.

Current extreme weather events are contributing to higher prevalence of child marriage, says Dr Faith Mwangi-Powell, CEO of Girls Not Brides on the latest Climate Curious by TEDxLondon. Picture this – there’s a heatwave, followed by a drought, your cows have nothing to drink, your crops fail, you’ve got six mouths to feed, and no income. The only option to survive? Finding a husband for one of your daughters in exchange for a bride price. Tune in with co-hosts Ben Hurst and Daze Aghaji to learn why 12 million girls globally are married below the age of 18, how the three Cs – climate change, covid and conflict – are making the situation worse, and how education is the closest thing we have to a silver bullet for child marriage.

35 min