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The Friendly Lifestyle of Women

Centre MARTA conducted the first research of the ecological footprint in Latvia, aiming at comparing the consumption patterns of the society from a gender perspective. The results are not surprising and are similar to the tendencies elsewhere in the world — women live a more environment friendly lifestyle. The use of transportation shows the greatest difference with regard to the habits and liability of women and men.

The results of the research reveal a difference among age groups having an impact on their surroundings — older people harm the environment much less if compared to younger and middle aged people.

The research proves that differences in gender and age cannot be explained with a wish to keep the environment clean, but rather with the diverse financial means of the various groups of people to meet their needs.

The research results reveal social segregation in Latvia and demonstrate the value of social status in the society.