Most Britons ‘confused’ about climate change, study says

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Friday, May 31, 2019

Three quarters of the UK population believe climate change is the biggest crisis facing humanity - but many are “confused” about how they can help.

A study of 2,000 adults found 52 per cent of people were confused about the best course of action for climate change, and four in five supported more education.

Half of respondents consider this lack of knowledge a major barrier in dealing with climate change, along with the unwillingness to change and a lack of investment in renewable energy.

The study found human behaviour was considered to have had a bigger effect on the environment than deforestation and fossil fuels.

The research was commissioned by The School of Health, and found 83 per cent of respondents believed the government should take the lead and do more to help.

The School’s principal Mani Norland said it’ll be “interesting to see how people are willing to change”.

“It’s clear that individuals want the government to take the lead, invest more and set a plan in place.”

He added: “This has the potential to be an exciting and positive time, making changes and improving the health of our planet will surely make us all feel better about the world and our impact on it.”

The study found more than two-thirds of people would stop using plastic packaging and bags to do their bit, and 40 per cent would stop charging equipment overnight, such as phones and televisions.

However 41 per cent would only consider solar electricity panels if they were government funded.

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