WOMEN'S RELATIONSHIP TO THE ENVIRONMENT IN FRANCE.
by Ségolène on February 16, 2015 - 5:56am
On the occasion of Women's Day in March 2014, the market research institute Harris Interactive conducted a study on women's relationship to the environment in France. The Institute surveyed a sample of 1000 individuals representing the French population in order to determine if they adopt a different attitude from men on this issue. They drew the following conclusions: 87% of respondents describe environment as important concern for themselves (90% of women against 83% of men.) If the ﬁght against pollution is a priority issue for all, the Harris Interactive Institute nevertheless observes that men and women tend to place their concerns at different levels.
Men ﬁrst turned to more « macro issues » (eco-system, global warming) when women are paying particular attention to their immediate environment, especially their health. A majority of French (68%) reported greater consideration to the environment that a few years ago, when only 25% feel that the situation has not changed. Women are particularly invested in this area: 65% of women against 57% men talk with their environmental surroundings, and 72% say they will mobilize more than in the past (against 64% for men).
This increased sensitivity is accompanied in practice by an increase of virtuous reﬂexes: 82% say they have changed some of their recent behavior to take account of the environment: Women are more present in this mobilization (87% for women 76% for men).
French and especially women try indeed to mobilize every day for the environment, paying attention for instance to energy savings which is one opt the most spread commitment. In detail, we should note that women are more concerned by the fate of future generations (88% against 80% of men), as the French over the age of 35 years (86%).
Finally, concerning transport, a small majority of French state that they often reduce their polluting modes of transport. Out of all of these behaviors, women are more active than men, with differences of up to 16 points.
It is thus found that nearly 40% of French are both concerned and active at various levels for the environment, when, unlike an almost equal proportion appears much more distant and less involved. (41%). Only 17% of French are in a middle position, reﬂecting a rather indifferent attitude and existing responsible behavior but not directly related to the environment (search for savings habits ...).
These conclusions tend to conﬁrm that the environment does not leave French indifferent but if progress is actually recorded, the involvement of each other remains heterogeneous.
Speciﬁcally, we note that women, upper middle class, and those over 35 are over-represented in groups expressing the most mobilized when the opposite men, young people, particularly those aged 15-24, tend to appear rather more distant of these issues, an effect that can potentially be ampliﬁed given the economic context that can mechanically relegate environmental concerns into the background in these populations.
Women seem occupy a special place within key actors. The latter appear in the eyes of more than three out of ten French more motivated, concerned, committed, effective and realistic than men with regard to environmental issues, and about 20% think more engines and informed. For their part, men are judged by a quarter of the French as more skeptical than women face this challenge.
However, women are less inﬂuential than men to change environment practices in all spheres of society.
So if 48% of the French recognize that they are more inﬂuential in families, 37% in schools and 24% in associations, civil society, men would be more inﬂuential among politicians and within businesses.
If men and women stand broadly the same conclusion about the inﬂuence of women in political and professional arena they consider themselves, more than men, more inﬂuential than them in the other three areas.
Harris Interactive, Le rapport des femmes à l’environnement, une posture singulière? , Mars 2014