Some welcome news: four out of five agree lifestyle changes are necessary

From the BBC

Most people are ready to make personal sacrifices to address climate change, according to a BBC poll of 22,000 people in 21 countries.
Four out of five people indicated they were prepared to change their lifestyle – even in the US and China, the world’s two biggest emitters of carbon dioxide.

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BBC environment reporter Matt McGrath says the poll suggests that in many countries people are more willing than their governments to contemplate serious changes to their lifestyles to combat global warming.

Overall, 83% of respondents throughout the world agreed that individuals would definitely or probably have to make lifestyle changes to reduce the amount of climate-changing gases they produce.

In almost all countries in Europe, and in the US, most people said they believed the cost of fuels that contribute most to climate change would have to increase.

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“This poll clearly shows that people are much more ready to endure their share of the burden than most politicians grant,” said Doug Miller, director of Globescan, the polling company that conducted the survey on behalf of the BBC.

Globescan interviewed 22,182 people in the UK, Australia, Brazil, Canada, Chile, China, Egypt, France, Germany, India, Indonesia, Italy, Kenya, Mexico, Nigeria, the Philippines, Russia, South Korea, Spain, Turkey, and the United States.

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One Response to “Some welcome news: four out of five agree lifestyle changes are necessary”

  1. Chris Says:

    Interesting. Willing but perhaps not always able in our current contexts? It reminds me of listening to David Uzell a couple of years back about just going ahead with infrastructure changes that enable people to do what they think’s right. He was talking about bans that had been introduced in the past that had met with very little opposition and suggesting that if for instance carrier bags or certain types of cars were banned, far from being an unpopular move, it would be welcomed by most people.

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