Please invest in Our Daily Planet today, by making a one time or monthly contribution.
We do not charge our readers a subscription fee for our content. We want to continue to grow our readership, particularly among millennials and public servants. Voluntary contributions from readers will help us employ interns and freelance journalists, expand our content, and reach a larger audience.
A new study found that men’s consumer spending causes 16% more emissions than that of women when spending similar sums of money on goods. The study juxtaposed the spending habits of single men and women in Sweden, and found that men were more likely to spend on fuel for their cars, though for all genders transportation and food comprised the largest amounts of their emissions.
Why This Matters:
The study’s authors maintain that gender is a key component of understanding the climate crisis: “The climate crisis is one of the key challenges of our time and affects men and women quite differently,” Leonore Gewessler, Austria’s climate minister, told the Guardian. “For instance, the majority of people impacted by energy poverty are women. It is, therefore, crucial to take gender differences into the equation, if we want to develop solutions and a transformation that works for everyone.”
Moreover, the European Environmental Bureau recently published a report that suggests that there is a signifficant intersection between gender inequality and the environment, which policymakers rarely take into account. The report maintains that though men cause on average 8 to 40% more emissions than women, women tend to suffer more from the effects of climate change.
Emissions Spending Differs By Gender: Though there are relatively few studies about the effects of gender on emissions, studies in 2010 and 2012 proved that men spent more on energy and ate more meat than women, both of which cause high emissions. Moreover, other research found that in families with one car, men used it more often to go to work with women more likely to use public transport.
Annika Carlsson Kanyama, at the research company Ecoloop in Sweden, who led the study, told the Guardian: “I’m surprised more studies have not been done about the gender differences in environmental impact. There are quite clear differences and they are not likely to go away in the near future.”
Researchers from the National University of Singapore used data from more than 1,000 twin siblings to evaluate their opinions about environmental policy. They found identical twins were more likely to have similar views on green policy than non-identical twins, suggesting that support for climate action may have a genetic component. Felix Tropf, a professor in […]
Last month, 50,000 images from 90 countries entered National Geographic’s 2021 Wildlife Photographer of the Year competition. Among the many breathtaking photos of a living planet fighting against climate change, a winner has finally been chosen. French underwater photographer Laurent Ballesta has been awarded Wildlife Photographer of the Year 2021 for his photo of […]
The Fossil Fuel Resistance is in Washington, D.C. October 11-15, 2021#PeopleVsFossilFuels pic.twitter.com/BsnJsujRFe — Climate Justice Alliance (CJA) (@CJAOurPower) October 11, 2021 On Monday, Indigenous Peoples’ Day, hundreds of people marched to the White House to demand the President and Congress step up efforts to combat climate change. The rally was organized by the Build Back Fossil […]
Our Daily Planet is your daily dose of the stories shaping our world and the ways that you can take action. From the climate crisis to the protection of biodiversity, if these issues matter to you then please subscribe & stay informed!
Your privacy is Important! We promise never to use your email address to send you spam or advertisements.