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What people really think about the environment: an analysis of public opinion

Authors:

Sylvia Rowley, with additional input from Faye Scott

Publication Date:

04 April 2012

ISBN:

978-1-905869-55-8

Cost:

Free

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What people really think about environment

In the face of current economic challenges, there is a perception that the public no longer cares about climate change, or living more sustainably. Media coverage perpetuates the argument that environmental goals are at odds with what ordinary people want. But is this the truth?

This policy insight shows that the reality of public opinion on environmental issues is more positive and more complex. Although it has declined to some extent, support for action on climate change remains strong, and economic constraints have made saving energy and cutting waste more normal and important. Most people want their lifestyles to be both green and affordable. It makes it clear that the challenge for government is to devise policies that make this possible. 

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