On Earth Day and Every Day, Women Step Up

ButterflyAccording to a new Harris Poll released for Earth Day, women are more likely than men to turn their concern for the environment into action.

  • Women are more likely to encourage others to be more environmentally-friendly (30% vs. 24%)
  • Women are also more likely to have stepped up their efforts to be environmentally-conscious (38% vs. 29%) and seek out green products (83% vs. 78%)

The poll underscores one of the many ways women, regardless of whether they are mothers are not, are caregivers. According to the AARP, 66 percent of all women caregivers. Women are also more likely than men to volunteer and to take care of household pets. And women spend significantly more time on childcare than men do.

Women do important work. That’s why it’s important we put down the mop by identifying the things we spend time on that are lower value tasks so we have time to make a difference in the world. We all have a different “mop” –  it could be housework, a beauty routine, or keeping up with the neighbors. What could we accomplish if we spent less time and energy on those low value tasks and more time on what truly matters to each one of us?

What can you accomplish this Earth Day?

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5 comments for “On Earth Day and Every Day, Women Step Up

  1. April 22, 2014 at 7:13 pm

    Why am I not at all surprised to read that ” women are more likely than men to turn their concern for the environment into action?” However it is unfortunate though that only 38% of us are stepping up our environmental consciousness. Because women tend to take on caregiving roles it would seem only natural that we learn to embrace that same role with our planet. In fact, I’m not sure that we will be able to accomplish what will surely be required of us to turn the coming climate crisis around if women don’t take the initiative. Keeping my fingers crossed and wishing everyone a Happy Earth Day!

  2. April 23, 2014 at 5:03 am

    In my business it is Happy Earth Day every day. Concern for the environment was the initial reason I started producing and selling the Eve Cup. A single woman uses 11.400 tampons in her life. That’s a lot of unnecessary trash if you add up what that amount would be for all the women in the world. The Eve Cup lasts for more than 10 years… There are so many ‘little steps’ we can take that have a major effect when we collectively choose to be conscious.

    It’s time for a change… You are that change…

    Love, Nienke

  3. April 24, 2014 at 1:07 pm

    Is that a real butterfly? I never saw one so lovely.

    And “Put Down The Mop” is begging to be a really necessary bumper sticker.

    Climate change is no joke. We should research candidates’ positions on it before we vote.

    • lizodool
      April 24, 2014 at 1:48 pm

      Shelley, how about a fridge magnet?

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