More people are “very concerned” about climate change than ever before, according to official Government survey.
The proportion of people describing themselves as "very concerned" about climate change has hit 35 per cent in the latest Government survey on the topic, the highest level recorded since the questionnaire began in 2012.
The results are from the latest ‘public attitudes tracker’ published by the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy.
Two thousand adults across the UK in March were questioned on their views on energy and climate change.
It reveals a record 80 per cent of the public are now "very" or "fairly" concerned about climate change. This is an increase on the 65 per cent of the public in 2012 and 74 per cent in March 2018 who described themselves as concerned about climate change.
Other findings in the survey reveal:
Almost half of the public (48%) said that climate change is either entirely (15%) or mainly (33%) caused by human activity, the highest level recorded since the survey started.
And despite recent evidence that it is what we eat which has the biggest impact on the planet, more than half of those surveyed (56%) said they thought choosing to walk, cycle or use public transport more instead of using a car was the single biggest change they could make.
People were most likely to trust scientists working at universities (84%) and scientific organisations (83%) to provide accurate information about climate change. Levels of trust were lowest for social media (17%).
And good news for Pure Planet as more people than ever before are choosing to switch energy providers, as well as more support for renewable energy.
Those in favour of renewable energy increased from 77% in December 2018 to 84% in March 2019.
And 20% of people said they had switched energy supplier in the last year, and increase of 15% from March 2016 and the highest level since the survey started in March 2012.
Good to see that more people are taking climate change seriously. Apparently of the 2,000 people who took part, two per cent said that did not believe climate change existed. That’s 40 people! Are you one of them?!
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