Reading: Consumption, Gender and Climate Change

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A short introductory reading from the GenderCC Women for Climate Justice website that summarizes the gender dimensions of consumerism and climate change. This reading is part of a larger study on the gender dimensions of climate change in several sectors such as agriculture, biodiversity, consumption, disaster, energy, forests, health, migration, population, tourism, transport, waste and water. The reading specifically discusses consumption by men and women and lifestyle choices with regards to climate change.  

Students will be introduced to differences in consumption patterns of men and women. They will learn about gender in labour, rights and resource access. They will further learn about the need for sustainable consumption to mitigate climate change. 

Use this tool to help your students find answers to:

  1. Discuss the gender dimensions of climate change and consumerism. 
  2. What are the two main factors that contribute to differences in consumption by men and women?

About the tool

Tool NameConsumption, Gender and Climate Change
DisciplineSocial Sciences
Topic(s) in DisciplineGender, Gender Studies, Consumerism Consumption, Lifestyle
Climate Topic Climate and Society, Policies, Politics and Environmental Governance
Type of tool Reading 
Grade LevelUndergraduate, Graduate
Developed byGenderCC Women for Climate Justice
Hosted atGenderCC Women for Climate Justice website
Computer SkillsBasic 
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