More Women In Power, More Environmental Action, New Study Suggests

by Mandy Adwell on 04/04/2012

in Earth,Politics

Angela Merkel

It appears studies are finding more and more information on why women should rule the world.

According to a new study in Social Science Research, nations where more women hold high power positions have lower CO2 emissions, and are therefore less damaging to the environment.

Study authors Richard York and Christina Ergas of the University of Oregon say they can’t really explain why this correlation exists, but the idea that women make different decisions than men while in power is a pretty decent conclusion. Not exactly groundbreaking, but this could be a decent beginning to a study on how men and women handle powerful positions in general.

According to their research, women need to hold about a third of decision-making positions in order to make a decent environmental impact. It’s unclear how women in lower levels of power affect this, as their voices are often unheard or grouped in with men in similar positions. Women at higher levels are more likely to be heard with stand-out opinions and decisions coming to fruition.

Some of the more interesting points of the study include that women in the U.S. “demonstrate greater scientific knowledge of climate change,” they are “more active in environmental reform projects,” they often “cite their roles as caregivers as the primary reason they are active in grassroots environmental movements,” and “women tend to perceive environmental risks as more threatening.”

As of last year, men held more than 83% of seats in the United States Congress and 88% of governor positions. Any ladies want to step up to the plate and clean this mess up? If not, I don’t really blame you.

Do you think there’s something to this study?

via Grist
Image CC licensed by World Economic Forum: Angela Merkel, Federal Chancellor of Germany



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