Wednesday, November 07, 2007

Most of world ready to combat global warming. Someone tell the politicians

A major change in how we tackle climate change is around the corner, if a new BBC Poll is on the money...
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.
Graphs showing how many people think lifestyles need to change, and how many people think energy costs will have to increase


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Most ready for 'green sacrifices'

Earth from space
The poll suggests the public are more ready than politicians

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.

Opinion was split over tax rises on oil and coal - 44% against, 50% in favour.

Support would rise if the cash was used to boost efficiency and find new energy sources, the poll suggested.

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Tritan said...

This would be a good indication that things are about to look up if everyone who says that they are willing to make sacrifices would do it. But look how many people bought hybrid cars...not many. The battery has to be replaced every 6 years and it costs around $8,000 and most people aren't willing to deal with that. When it comes down to it, law must enforce the changes or else they aren't going to happen.

Anonymous said...

These findings are really exciting, but one thing I learnt from my years of studying psychology is that what people put down on paper and say is one thing, but their behaviours can be (and often are) completely different.

I'm curious to what extent people would be prepared to go to make changes? Would they simple install an energy efficient light bulb or be prepared to give up their international flights to exotic locations?