Climate change biggest threat, but few willing to change lifestyle: Survey
A survey of 10 nations found that 62% respondents believed climate change is the biggest environmental threat
However, only half of them agree that there is need for personal action to thwart the impacts of climate change
76% respondents say they are willing to accept stricter rules and regulations
Over 60% people in 10 relatively developed countries of the world believe climate change is the biggest environmental threat to humanity, but nearly half (46%) of them say that there was no real need for them to change their personal habits to protect the environment. The numbers are from a survey carried out in September and published to coincide with COP26 — the United Nations Climate Change Conference.
The survey, which covered UK, US, France and Germany, observed that the widespread awareness of the importance of the climate crisis illustrated in the study has “yet to be coupled with a proportionate willingness to act”.
The survey contains a double lesson for governments, said Emmanuel Riviere, director of international polling at Kantar Public, to the Guardian. First, they have to measure up to people’s expectations; but they also have to persuade people of the solutions and “how we can fairly share responsibility for them.”
According to the survey, people generally saw themselves more committed to the environment than their local community or any institution. Thirty-six per cent of respondents said they felt they were “highly committed” to saving the environment. However, 21% respondents had the same opinion of the media and only 19% of the local government.
An overwhelmingly large number, 76%, said they would accept stricter environmental rules and regulations and 74% said they are already proud of what they are doing for the planet.
The solutions to climate change also don’t seem resolved in the public imagination as 72% people polled that they do not think there is agreement among experts on the best solutions to preserve the planet.
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Resources to fight climate change was also among priorities. A total of 69% respondents said they needed more resources and equipment from public authorities and 60% said they cannot financially afford to make all efforts necessary to fight climate change. Fifty-five per cent respondents said they lack the information and guidance on what to do to save the planet.