Is Divorce Linked to Climate Change?
In this article in Psychology Today titled Divorce: The Second-Hand Smoke of Climate Change? the author discusses a study that had been researching the environmental impacts of divorce.
The study shows that divorce causes energy efficiency to drop and a rise in resource consumption. This is because when a couple divorces, they each maintain a similar lifestyle to the one they had lived together, consuming the same amount of energy and resources to maintain their now-separate house and lifestyles.
When a lawyer was interviewed on the finding’s studies and asked to comment on whether or not environmental awareness would a couple to reconsider their divorce, he said
“I think people who want a divorce are so driven to improve their quality of life—environmental factors are the least of what they’re thinking about… If they’re not thinking about the effect of divorce on children, they’re not going to be thinking what their environmental footprint is going to be or how many kilowatts they’re using.”
What do you think? Do you think that people would take environmental impact into their considerations when getting divorced or is it not important enough when compared to issues in a relationship?