Al Gore might be the best-known spokesperson for environmental activitists, but according to a recent study, women are the biggest champions of environmental responsibility. The study followed men and women’s opinions about climate change — whether it was happening, and whether it was humans fault, among other things — between 2001 and 2008, and found that over the time period, women have become the smarter sex when it comes to climate change.
According to the study, 35% of women worried about climate change a “great deal” over the eight-year period, compared with just 29% of men. Women also showed greater smarts about the topic: 59% of women believed that the effects of global warming have already taken hold, while just 54% of men did. They also were more likely to believe that human pollution is the main cause (64% of women feel humans are responsible; only56% of men do).
Though researchers expected that motherhood would make women more likely to increase awareness about the issue, they didn’t actually find a difference between working women and mothers’ knowledge or beliefs. The lead researcher, Aaron McCright, PhD (an associate professor of sociology at the Lyman Briggs College at Michigan State University) concluded that women are all socialized to be more empathetic and caring than men, leading them to exhibit more concern and curiosity about environmental issues.
What do you think? Do you know more women who care about climate change than men? Do you think women are raised in a way that makes us more concerned for “Mother Earth”? Tell us in the comments section, below.