The Green Age and Gender Gap


This weekend's Live Earth concerts mark former Vice President Al Gore's efforts to get young people involved in the fight against global warming. Some say battling global warming will become the defining movement for generation Y in the same way civil rights was for the leading edge of the baby boom generation and ending the war in Vietnam was for older boomers. Older Americans aren't as convinced global warming is something they need to worry about now.

But women overall are slightly more likely to worry about the environment than are men. According to, "Greater differences are seen by gender, with women appearing to be more pro-environment than are men. Women are more likely to worry about the environment, to take a dim view of environmental conditions, to be active in or sympathetic to the environmental movement, and to give precedence to the environment over economic and energy concerns." A recent Gallup Poll shows just more than a third of Americans are "very worried" about global warming, with women polling higher in the "very worried" category than men.

A New York Times/MTV/CBS poll released last week found that close to 90 percent of young Americans consider global warming to be a "serious" or "very serious" problem. That percentage way outweighs the overall percentage of Americans keenly worried about the impact of global warming.