Climate change impacts worsening child marriage situations is what we mean when we say climate change is a social issue.
Did you know that Climate change impact is worsening the situation of child marriage among the Maasai. The prolonged droughts are forcing many families into desperate situations of hunger and young girls, as young as 12, are being given away as brides in exchange for cattle? I tweeted that and got many people understanding how they are connected and some did not get.
For sure drought exposed families like the Maasai people who are pastoralists and depend on livestock. On the other side , climate change increase poverty levels and this pushes affected people like the maasai to exchange their young girls for cattle.
Look at it this way, a wealthy old man comes to a family and asks to marry an underage girl and since the family need the dowry property, they are more likely to say yes so the wealthy man does not continue to the next family.
It is time to address climate action because it is becoming connected to many social issues.