A recent poll shows that many people say they care about helping the environment, but most are doing about all they are willing to do.

A survey of people across ten countries, including the US, Germany, France, and the UK, was recently published to coincide with the Cop26 global climate conference in Glasgow. According to an article in The Guardian, only a small percentage of the respondents indicated that they were willing to make any further lifestyle changes, even though they believe they are committed to the environment. Basically, respondents place the highest priority on things they are already doing.

The survey found that the majority (62%) of people believe the climate crisis is the main environmental challenge facing the world, and about 36% rated themselves “highly committed” to preserving the planet. They did not feel the media, local and national government, or big corporations were as committed. But when it comes to doing more themselves, respondents were more lukewarm. While three-fourths said they would be willing to accept stricter environmental rules and regulations, almost half said they didn’t see a need for them to change their personal habits. People in Poland and Singapore were the most willing to act, and those in Germany and the Netherlands were the least.

The survey indicated that reducing waste and increasing recycling were considered the most important steps to take, by far. Reducing deforestation and replacing fossil fuels with renewable energy were also seen as important. When it came to steps that were more likely to have a direct effect on lifestyle, though, people were less enthusiastic. Reducing energy consumption was favored by only about a third, and only 25% said we should favor public transportation over personal vehicles.

Read about the survey on The Guardian’s website here.

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