"Education lays a foundation for vibrant lives for girls and women, their families, and their communities. It also is one of the most powerful levers available for avoiding emissions by curbing population growth" according to Project Drawdown, which lists educating girls as one of the most effective strategies for stopping climate change. Well-educated girls are the key to numerous economic and health-related issues including upward mobility, higher wages, diminished incidences of HIV/AIDS, and lower mortality rates.
The stories in this collection (see below) highlight some of the efforts that countries have made to increase access to education for girls. In one story, a nonprofit in Morocco offers after-school programs and tutoring to young women in the hopes that they will finish school and delay young marriages. In another, a school offers scholarships to indigenous girls in rural Guatemala - where 60 percent of indigenous women are illiterate. Another story shows how educating women creates resilience when faced with climate disasters and schools that have opened in refugee camps see an increase in female participation rates, resulting in an improved society. This solution is one of the Drawdown Ecochallenge actions to reduce greenhouse gas emissions.