74% of women believe that tackling climate change cannot be left to future generations

In research conducted by YouGov for the National Federation of Women's Institutes (NFWI) ahead of the UN Climate Summit in New York City today (23 September 2014), 74% of the women surveyed in Britain responded that they believe that responsibility for addressing climate change is in their hands, and that action is needed now. Challenges for future generations, wildlife loss and flooding were also top concerns for women when considering the threat of climate change.

When asked what worried women the most when thinking about the effects of climate change, 35% were most concerned about the challenges that will face future generations. 48% of women were concerned about loss of UK wildlife, for example the ongoing threat to birds and bees, and 38% were most concerned about flooding.

Following direct action from WI members who took part in the London's People's Climate March on Sunday 21 September 2014 and reflecting the myriad of voices from the day, the polling strengthens the call for Prime Minister David Cameron to speak out and take the lead at today's UN Climate Summit and drive forward the bold action needed to protect the things we love from the impacts of climate change for generations to come.

Marylyn Haines Evans, NFWI Public Affairs Chair, said:
"Women and children suffer first and hardest from the effects of climate change around the world, so it is not surprising that this research shows that women believe that it is up to all women around the globe to take direct action to stop its devastating effects now. WI members have been taking positive steps to reduce their individual impact for years through a variety of actions, but now is the time for decision makers to take note and build momentum behind a bold deal to protect the planet for future generations.

"As our representative at the UN Climate Summit, we are calling on David Cameron to work hard on behalf of us all – and those who will follow – and lead in achieving an ambitious global deal that recognizes the urgency of climate change and gives hope to future generations."


For further information and images of WI members at the People's Climate March, please contact Charlotte Fiander on / 020 7371 9300 ex. 209

Notes to editors….
  1. All figures, unless otherwise stated, are from YouGov Plc. Total sample size was 2,072 adults. Fieldwork was undertaken between 17th - 18th September 2014. The survey was carried out online. The figures have been weighted and are representative of all GB adults (aged 18+).
  2. The WI is the largest voluntary women's organisation in the UK with more than 212,000 members in 6,600 WIs. The organisation plays a unique role in enabling women to develop new skills, giving them opportunities to campaign on issues that matter to them and their communities, and provides wide-ranging activities for members to get involved in. For further information please visit
  3. Jpeg images from WI members at the People's Climate March are available on request.