Do Women Care More About Climate Change Than Men?

The role of gender in tackling climate change — according to science

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Why do women care more about climate change?

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Women make the consumer decisions

Women are child-bearers

Environmentalism is a ‘feminine’ trait

“Both men and women judged eco-friendly products, behaviours, and consumers as more feminine than their non-green counterparts. In one experiment, participants of both sexes described an individual who brought a reusable canvas bag to the grocery store as more feminine than someone who used a plastic bag — regardless of whether the shopper was a male or female. In another experiment, participants perceived themselves to be more feminine after recalling a time when they did something good versus bad for the environment.”

Women are less self-interested

“It wasn’t about, ‘How do I improve my career, how do I get to the top of my ladder?’ It was, ‘How do I use my skills, my expertise, my knowledge and my practice to contribute to a global issue?’’. I do have the feeling that we women tend to be more collaborative, we tend to be more long-term, we tend to be more global in our thinking because of our innate stewardship role … in society.”

Women are more affected by climate change

“Women all over the world are … on the frontlines of the fall-out from climate change and therefore on the forefront of climate action.” — Natalie Samarasinghe, executive director of the United Nations Association UK.

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