Women and men leave different ecological footprints. They approach environmental issues and sustainability in different ways. Their preferred means of transport vary, as do their general consumption patterns. Moreover, women in the world’s developing countries are affected more severely by climate change and natural disasters than men. These are some of the reasons why the gender dimension is being integrated into all activities forming part of the Nordic Prime Ministers’ green growth initiative.
The Nordic Prime Ministers’ desire for a shift towards greener economies is not limited to the region itself. One of the objectives of their initiative, The Nordic Region – Leading in Green Growth, is to integrate environmental and climate considerations into development aid. The International Institute for Sustainable Development (IISD) is currently exploring how Nordic development aid supports fossil fuel subsidy reform and could contribute towards greener economies in a socially responsible way.