The two latest Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) reports on adaptation and mitigation have sounded the alarm that climate breakdown is happening faster than previously projected.

Without urgent action, many parts of the planet may become unlivable in the next few decades, but for many people in the region, particularly women and the poor, this climate breakdown is already impacting their daily reality.

Many of the hotspots of high human vulnerability are in Asia and the Pacific region, and globally there is a narrowing window of opportunity to shift towards a climate-resilient future.

UN Secretary-General, António Guterres called it "code red for humanity" and appealed to public and private sector players to combine forces now to avert a climate catastrophe. When it's code red for the planet, the world needs women front and center.

Here are key takeaways from the recent IPCC reports: We need to increase women's participation in green economies. The COVID-19 pandemic is a public health and environmental and socio-economic crisis.

A version of this article appears in the print on April 26, 2022, of The Himalayan Times.