Two thirds of Britons not doing enough on climate change

Almost two thirds of Britons admit they are not doing enough to protect the environment despite agreeing that climate change is a threat, a newspaper poll has revealed.

Almost two thirds of Britons admit they are not doing enough to protect the environment despite agreeing that climate change is a threat, a newspaper poll has revealed.

 

A survey carried out by the Guardian found that 61 per cent of people said they could do more to help stop environmental damage, and 85 per cent believed climate change is, or will be, a threat. Only 32 per cent said they already did enough to combat the process.

 

Most of those asked agreed that individuals should be expected to take action such as fitting low energy light bulbs (85 per cent) or turning down their heating (86 per cent). Only 23 per cent said that climate change is not caused by man, with 71 per cent accepting human activity is the main cause.

 

However, just over half (52 per cent) said climate change would take place regardless of what individuals do, with 46 per cent believing they could make a difference.

 

The poll was published to coincide with the launch of the 10:10 campaign, which aims to encourage individuals and organisations to cut carbon emissions by 10 per cent during 2010.

 

Comparing results from 2005, the newspaper found that more people now think that we should drive and fly less, and buy more food from European sources. But only a third backed a pay-per-mile tax for road usage, and 29 per cent said they would be willing to pay more for greener energy.

 

Support for wind farms has also risen by 10 per cent to 79 per cent, and resistance to nuclear power has decreased. This year 32 per cent of those polled said they would accept a nuclear power station being built within 20 miles of their home, up from 19 per cent in 2005.

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