An interesting headline caught my eye today, "Why Women are Greener than Men."
The post, from the independent green news site, Grist, says, "More power for women means less climate pollution, study suggests."
The article goes on to say:
"Here is yet another indication that women are greener than men.
"According to a new study in Social Science Research, 'controlling for other factors, in nations where women's status is higher, CO2 emissions are lower.'
"Study coauthors Christina Ergas and Richard York, sociologists at the University of Oregon-Eugene, write: 'Even when controlling for a variety of measures of "modernization," world-system position, and democracy, nations where women have higher political status - as indicated by the length of time women have had the right to vote and women's representation in parliament and ministerial government - tend to have lower CO2 emissions per capita. This finding suggests that efforts to improve women's political status around the world, clearly worthy on their own merits, may work synergistically with efforts to reduce CO2 emissions and avert dramatic global climate change.'
"Ergas and York say they can't explain why this correlation exists," but, among other potential reasons, it's "'possible that women make different decisions than do men when placed in positions of power.'"
In the Pink Goes Green blog, "Women and the Environment," we observed that the link between women and Mother Earth is thousands of years old. Women, traditionally the nurturers in the family dynamic, have long been thought to have a special connection with the planet that nurtures humankind and provides the sustenance we need to survive.
The Grist article goes on to highlight some interesting facts about women and the environment:
- Nations with higher proportions of women in parliament ratify a greater number of environmental treaties
- Women in the United States demonstrate greater scientific knowledge of climate change
- Women "tend to perceive environmental risks as more threatening"
- Women "are less optimistic about the potential to solve problems by relying solely on technical fixes"
- Women "are more active in environmental reform projects"
- "Although they are not as active as men in mainstream environmental organizations, women are estimated to make up 60% to 80% of grassroots environmental organization membership"
- "Women often cite their roles as caregivers as the primary reason they are active in grassroots environmental movements"
We know women have the power to change and enrich the world. And of course, Delta Zeta is leading the way today with our alumnae and collegiate members who are doing so much to preserve the earth and make others aware of the importance of eco-minded behavior and actions. You can read about them here on the Green Blog, including:
- One of our own pioneers for green, Rachel Mason Peden, Epsilon, who was a nationally-known newspaper columnist, author, environmentalist and Delta Zeta Woman of the Year for 1972
- Maurine Brown Neuberger, Senator, Delta Zeta Woman of the Year for 1961, and environmental champion
- Women of today, such as Rachel Preston Prinz, University of North Texas - Kappa Zeta 1993, an architectural designer and historian who studies ancient building forms and integrates them into today's designs to promote sustainable architecture that's not only truly green, but also a reflection on our rich heritage.
- And learn about more Delta Zetas greening the world here.
We are proud to be Delta Zetas and women who are leading the green charge to care for our planet.