Climate Change: Kantar Public Survey Finds People Are Reluctant To Change Their Lifestyles

A revealing new survey has unveiled what people really think when it comes to “doing their part” for the planet.

New data collected from citizens of nine major players in the global climate change effort has revealed a number of revealing facts about the commitment of ordinary humans to saving the planet.

In preparation for this year’s COP26 summit, the global data agency Kantar Public interviewed people from the US, UK, Spain, France, Germany, Poland, Singapore and the Netherlands.

While the overwhelming majority of those polled admitted climate change was the most pressing problem facing the world in the 21st century, most were unwilling to radically change their lifestyles to do their part.

The survey found that 62 percent of those polled saw the climate crisis as a major environmental challenge the world now faces, ahead of air pollution (39 percent), the impact of waste (38 percent ) and new diseases (36 percent).

“The widespread awareness of the importance of the climate crisis illustrated in this study has yet to be combined with a willingness to act in proportion,” the survey summary said.

The director of international polls at research agency Kantar Public, Emmanuel Rivière, said the September survey results offered a number of interesting lessons for global governments, urging leaders to “live up to the challenge. people’s expectations ”.

“But they also need to persuade people not of the reality of the climate crisis – it’s done – but of the solutions, and how we can fairly share the responsibility for them,” said Rivière.

Get ready, here are all the numbers and percentages.

Of those polled, more than three in four said climate change had an impact on the world globally (78 percent) and more than half of those polled (55 percent) said they had been personally impacted , with the highest proportion (77%) coming from Singaporeans.

Interestingly, when asked to rate their personal commitment to protecting the environment, about two-thirds of those surveyed rated themselves much higher than their fellow citizens.

According to Kantar, there is a “clear feeling at the individual level, that others are less engaged than ourselves”.

Respondents were very supportive of tackling the problem of climate change through increased government regulation of businesses. They overwhelmingly believed that those in office should “take a great deal of responsibility for protecting the environment, while considering themselves relatively good at ‘doing their part’ in this area.”

Kantar’s survey found that in almost all of the countries surveyed, at least three in four people (except Germany at 62%) were proud of their contribution to climate change.

“It calls into question the real will of people to do more,” Kantar said.

A large majority (76 percent) said they would be happy with stricter environmental rules and regulations, but 46 percent also said they didn’t need to change their personal habits.

However, when confronted with the bigger picture, it can be easy for individuals to feel their carbon footprint is insignificant compared to emissions giants like China, which leader Xi Jinping doesn’t even care about. attended the Glasgow climate summit.

The new findings follow a grim month of conversation about the future of the world, after dozens of world leaders gathered in Glasgow to decide the next step for our planet on the brink of disaster.

A coalition of 190 nations has pledged to phase out coal-fired power over the next 20 years.

Although the move was a very important step, some of the world’s largest users of coal, including India, China and the United States, were notably absent.

Australia is also a country heavily dependent on coal absent from the list.

Those who joined included Canada, Poland, Egypt, Vietnam and Chile.

“Achieving net zero by 2050 will be difficult, but there is more to be gained than lost as the Australian economy transforms,” said lead author of the report, Tony Wood, policy director at Energy and Climate Change from the Grattan Institute.

“If we start now and play smart, we can use our vast resources of minerals and renewable energy to more than replace the export earnings – and jobs – that we currently get from fossil fuels.”

Among other worrying revelations at the COP26 summit, experts revealed that low-lying Pacific islands are threatened with devastation and even “extinction” within a decade due to lingering problems with climate change. Findings based on an IPCC report meant that it was “about a decade” until the islands, notably Tuvalu followed by Samoa, were underwater.

The Morrison government is clear in its position that it does not need to abolish coal to achieve net zero, but the UK’s hosts at the summit saw it as crucial to getting the world on track to limit the global warming.

“The end of coal is in sight. The world is heading in the right direction, ready to seal the fate of coal and reap the environmental and economic benefits of building a future powered by clean energy, ”said Britain’s Secretary for Business and Energy, Kwasi Kwarteng.

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