66% of people say they “would be willing to make personal sacrifices for the climate as long as I knew others were doing the same.”

66% of people say they “would be willing to make personal sacrifices for the climate as long as I knew others were doing the same.

  • Concerns over climate change have reached new levels in the UK as a series of opinion polls reflect the widespread renewed interest in the planet’s sustainability.
  • These new spikes in fears around global warming are driven in part by climate change protests led by Extinction Rebellion groups, youth activist Greta Thunberg and school strikers, and informed by Sir David Attenborough’s BBC documentary on climate change.
  • A range of polls over the past month asking the British public a raft of questions on the environment and sustainability underline both the support for radical policy changes together with a mixed response on individual actions to change behaviour.
  • “The overall proportion concerned about climate change in March was the highest since the survey started in 2012, driven by an increase in the proportion that was very concerned and continuing a trend of increasing concern over recent years.”
  • At the same time, research by ComRes revealed that 54% of the UK public polled agreed that climate change threatens human extinction, with only 25% disagreeing.
  • Comparing the last three YouGov polls of 2017 with three polls before mid-April, there was a jump of 8% in environmental concern, from 9% to 17%. Ipsos MORI also recently saw the highest concern about the environment in over a decade.
  • Meeting the radical climate goals demands unprecedented behaviour change so it is significant that the Opinium poll shows 66% say they “Would be willing to make personal sacrifices for the climate as long as I knew others were doing the same.”