Abstract—Natural resource consumption is a global concern that greatly affects the environment and economies of all countries. The study identifies which gender, male or female, consumes more of the natural resources. The research was conducted year 2010 and 2011 in internet computer laboratories through online quiz personal ecological footprint calculator sponsored by the global footprint network. The personal ecological footprint calculator measures whether a person is living within the means of what is available in nature. The findings suggest that male and female have similar demands of natural resource. However, it was found out that female’s personal ecological footprint rate was more varied than males, thus, it suggests that females have uncontrolled use on natural resources that may possibly lead to the global increase of natural resource consumption. The ecological merit of the study is to push the academic institutions to include environmental accounting in the curriculum in order to intensify environment management on the individual lifestyle of the students particularly among females.
Index Terms—Ecological footprint, environmental accounting, gender difference, natural resources, personal ecological footprint calculator.
V. A. Solar is with the Manila Central University, Edsa, Caloocan City, Manila, Philippines (e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org email@example.com).
Cite: Venus A. Solar, "Gender and Natural Resource Consumption," International Journal of Environmental Science and Development vol. 2, no. 5, pp. 399-401, 2011.