Guest essay by Eric Worrall
h / t JoNova; According to Ipsos Mori, 83% of Britons want drastic climate action, but support “did quickly” when people were asked to make personal sacrifices.
Climate change: UK public more worried than ever about global warming, but still unwilling to pay to fix
The Ipso Mori survey shows that people have become significantly more concerned over the past year after a string of extreme weather events
Via Tom Bawden
Science & Environment Reporter January 2, 2022 3:06 pm (Updated 3:22 pm)
The UK public is significantly more concerned by climate change compared with even a year ago, following a flurry of wildfires, hurricanes and other extreme events around the world this year, a new survey finds.
The survey also found that while people support drastic measures to help the country go net-free by 2050 – when they realize the potential costs and inconveniences, individual support Their multiplier can decrease rapidly.
But a follow-up question that asked them to consider personal sacrifices, such as not being able to catch a flight or missing out on a favorite food because it was wrapped in single-use plastic, showed there was only one solution. Majority-supported solution – charge more for the environment – damaged products and services.
Professor Lorraine Whitmarsh, University of Bath and director of CAST, added: “This provides further evidence that the UK public wants urgent action on climate change, but may not yet receive it. fully aware of the impact on individuals of doing so.”
I believe that the core reason why support drops when it comes to personal need is sacrifice is not a lack of consciousness. The problem is that people in the UK have been criticized by lies about the costs of climate action.
How many confusing claims have you seen or heard about how cheap wind and solar power is compared to fossil fuels? About how going with 100% renewable energy will reduce your energy bill?
In addition, meaningless compulsive rituals such as sorting trash into different bins may have created the impression in people’s minds that they were doing what they wanted.
As the true cost of renewables begins to fall, and Britain has so far only tasted this, British politicians will have a lot to explain.