People want climate policy but not lifestyle shifts

The refrain of voices calling for climate change motion is swelling, but not everybody is able to begin strolling the stroll.

That’s based on a current set of polls conducted by YouGov and Cambridge University, which surveyed individuals in seven foremost European nations. A roughly two-thirds majority throughout all international locations responded that they have been both “pretty” or “very” involved about climate change, and an awesome majority believed the climate is actually altering and people are partly-to-wholly accountable; largely, they appear to concur that one thing have to be accomplished.

But in the case of precisely what, issues get dicey. Most international locations confirmed sturdy enthusiasm for macro insurance policies similar to tripling authorities funding in renewable vitality together with photo voltaic, wind, and tidal energy, and for an enduring ban of shale gasoline extraction, aka “fracking.” “Rewilding” applications, which search to revive swaths of land to their pure state, are additionally wildly fashionable.


Nevertheless, respondents have been divided on insurance policies that appeared to extra immediately infringe upon their present existence. International locations have been break up down the center on banning gross sales of automobiles and vans with petrol or diesel engines after 2030, with roughly 50% supporting and 50% opposing. A brand new tax on airplane tickets linked to how usually individuals fly was additionally controversial, with slim approval from some international locations and disapproval from others.

A brand new tax on meat was by far the least-palatable concept—not a single nation was on board. That’s maybe unsurprising given the overwhelming majority of respondents mentioned they ate meat a minimum of a number of instances per week or extra. Meat consumption and livestock farming each spike greenhouse gasoline emissions, together with methane, carbon dioxide, and nitrous oxide.

The surveys come simply weeks earlier than the UK will host the United Nations Climate Change Convention (COP26) in Glasgow, Scotland. The occasion will collect President Biden, Queen Elizabeth, Pope Francis, and over 100 different world leaders to dissect the threats of rising sea ranges, excessive tropical storms and warmth waves, and a slowly warming planet.

Regardless of being referred to as probably the most consequential conferences of the yr, nearly two-thirds of Brits have scarcely heard of it, based on YouGov. Of the extra high-profile Extinction Rebellion, a UK-founded environmental activist group acknowledged for civil disobedience techniques usually leading to mass arrests, most Brits felt that they “go approach too far.” A slight majority felt the motion “overstates” its climate warnings, versus those that felt it describes the dangers “about proper.”

Regardless, large-scale momentum continues to accrue for climate change policy, and it could actually’t come rapidly sufficient as wildfires and floods devastate areas throughout the globe. Earlier this week, a review by Cornell University revealed over 99.9% of 88,125 climate-related research agree that climate change is primarily brought on by people.