Survey: few willing to change lifestyle to reduce climate change

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A protester holds a painted parasol in George Square ahead of a protest by Climate activist group Extinction Rebellion in Glasgow, Scotland, on November 7, 2021.
Paul ELLIS / AFPA protester holds a painted parasol in George Square ahead of a protest by Climate activist group Extinction Rebellion in Glasgow, Scotland, on November 7, 2021.

The survey of 10 countries found that few individuals are willing to make significant lifestyle changes

Although most are alarmed by the climate crisis, a new survey has revealed that the general public believes they are doing more to preserve the planet than those around them, including the government.

The survey of 10 countries, done by Kantar Public, found that few are willing to make significant lifestyle changes.

“The widespread awareness of the importance of the climate crisis illustrated in this study has yet to be coupled with a proportionate willingness to act,” the survey observed. 

Of those asked, 78 percent of people across nine countries say that they feel concerned about climate change, the survey reported, with 36 percent believing they are personally committed to preserving the environment and the planet. 

A large majority, 76 percent, said they would accept stricter environmental rules and regulations.

However, only 51 percent said they would take individual climate action.

Reasons for not wanting to do more ranged from "I feel proud of what I'm currently doing" to "I can't afford to make those efforts." Other reasons listed included lack of guidance, needing more resources, and not having the headspace to think about it. 

Samples of more than 1,000 people were questioned in the US, UK, Spain, France, the Netherlands, Germany, Sweden, Poland, Singapore and New Zealand. 

Every country except Sweden gave themselves the highest score for commitment, and national governments were only seen as engaged in Singapore and New Zealand. 

The publication of the survey coincides with the COP26 climate summit taking place in Glasgow, Scotland, which brings leaders from around the world to discuss how to battle the threat of climate change.

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