Women are more likely to believe that climate change is happening (61% vs 55%), more likely to worry about its consequences, and more likely to agree that inaction will harm our children. Men tend to think that addressing climate change will be difficult (55% vs 45%), will require personal sacrifice, and will lead to business trade-offs. The genders also diverge on their preferred solutions to environmental issues. 47% of men are comfortable with having a nuclear power plant in their neighborhood, but only 30% of women agree.
These differences translate into varying behaviors and buying patterns. Significantly more women than men engage in eco actions like recycling, reducing water usage, and converting to CFL light bulbs. More women say they have chosen to spend extra money to buy green products over the past 12 months; men are more likely to reject premium-priced sustainable items.