According to a poll issued Monday by the Women’s Forum, women have made more adjustments to their daily routines to combat climate change than men have.
Women, more than men, have adjusted their behavior to reduce carbon dioxide emissions by recycling, purchasing local, and decreasing water and meat consumption, according to the G20 gender equity barometer, which polled almost 10,000 people across the G20 countries.
Women are also more readily motivated than males to reduce CO2 emissions, according to the Women’s Forum, for a variety of reasons, including the advantages to the earth and future generations.
In terms of other gender disparities on climate change, the report notes that in Germany (79 percent), France (71 percent), Italy (78 percent), and the United Kingdom, the highest-ranking civil servants in ministries dealing with climate change — energy, transport, and environment — are overwhelmingly male (61 percent).
The report’s authors collected 9,500 replies to their questionnaire, with 500 interviews conducted in each of the G20’s 19 member nations.
The topic of worldwide gender disparity struck a chord with both men and women who responded. While 84 percent of respondents agree that narrowing the gender gap and achieving an inclusive economic recovery should be top priorities, one-third believe that full equality would never be realized in their own nation.
The research also highlighted the coronavirus pandemic’s far-reaching repercussions on mental health, with women bearing the brunt of the consequences.
According to the poll, 69 percent of women said the epidemic had caused them to experience burnout, anxiety, or depression, which is 11 percentage points more than males.
Nearly 80% of women say they are “afraid of the future” as a result of the pandemic. In addition, two-thirds of moms reported an increase in workload that they found difficult to manage.