Women vs. Men: How Differently They View Sustainability

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Women vs. Men: How Differently They View Sustainability

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Perhaps it is because we bear children, delivering them into a world we clearly can influence to a degree, or perhaps it is because we are made up of about 75% water – whatever the reason, growing bodies of social science indicate that women’s values and a green lifestyle are strongly linked to environmental concerns.


According to research conducted by the Institute for Women’s Policy Research, women are clearly less likely to support environmental spending cuts, and are consistently ranking values such as altruism, empathy and personal responsibility much higher, and more often than men do.

According to research conducted by the institute in 2012, women were found to consider environmental concerns and issues of sustainability  much more important than men do. For women, according to the research, it is directly linked to nurturing and protecting our families and ourselves. We have been shown to be less sensitive to business when it comes to environmental regulation, and we especially pay close attention to health risks in the environment.


Women Have Been Shown to Have Big Concerns About Environmental Health Risks


International women who live in industrialized countries have been shown to be more likely to purchase ecologically friendly, organic foods. They are  more likely to recycle. They are more interested in a green lifestyle, and effective and efficient energy use. Research conducted by the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development issued a survey to research and investigate these issues at Stanford University and Ohio State University.The  Associated Press has also found that women perceived a higher vulnerability to risks which translated into the willingness to pay higher income taxes and gasoline prices if it meant greater protection of the environment.

Men Are Much More Likely to Buy Gas Guzzling 4 Wheel Drive Trucks and Luxury Sedans

Men have been found, through research by the Carnegie Mellon University, to generate about two tons more carbon dioxide annually than women do. Auto industry data is overwhelmingly tipped to the men buying the vehicles with the lowest mileage per gallon of gas.  If a man buys an electric car, more often than not, he is getting one for his wife. Anyone who views sports shows can easily see what the auto industry knows men want – hulky chrome, cargo towed through flames, trucks crashing through streams, and sultry foreign sedans wooing a woman’s attention.

European studies also reflect these carbon emission conclusions, citing studies that have shown women worldwide have less impact on the atmosphere. Women fly and drive less and eat less meat than their male counterparts in developed countries.

Gallup Poll Results:  Men Don’t Understand Consequences of Actions As Well As Women

Recent Gallop Poll analysis of eight years of data show US women with a far greater knowledge and concern about a green lifestyle, climate change and climate science. This poll has shown that this why there is a widening gender gap between the Republican and Democratic parties. According to data gathered by the Pew Research Center for People and the Press,  the past 30 years show a steady departure of women from the GOP.

When looking at the long game, authentic global sustainability and a green lifestyle are growing in the hearts and minds of the women who bear our world’s children, and teach ethics and values to the students of tomorrow. And today, in almost 2017, we have the added concerns of living within a Trump universe that appears to have no opening at all into the concerns and results of business-as-usual in this fragile environment.

To the men we love: Please scroll around on the Heal Estate website, and become better educated. Read articles that promote clear-headed solutions, and important issues. Although we understand that not all men are described in the data provided in these many studies, averages matter when it comes to our vulnerable threads of green lifestyles true sustainability.

Join us today and be a part of our green evolution. There is no better time than now to educate yourselves and contribute to healing the planet.

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