Lifestyle changes needed to address climate emergency, say Welsh majority

A majority of those surveyed also believe a net zero emissions future would be better for their wellbeing (77%) and health (80%) and around half said it would be better for the economy

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A majority of people (84%) in Wales believe ‘substantial’ lifestyle changes need to be made to address the climate emergency.

That’s according to a new government survey of 1,149 participants, which found while 86% admitted they are concerned about climate change, only 15% thought it would affect their local area “a great deal” while nearly half (42%) recognised climate change could impact their local area “to some extent”.

In addition, it found 84% of people would like to see even less food being wasted as well as less packaging and increased recycling.

A majority of those surveyed also believe a net zero emissions future would be better for their wellbeing (77%) and health (80%) and around half (51%) said it would be better for the economy.

Around 80% supported the UK Government’s commitment to reach net zero by 2050.

Climate Change Minister Julie James said: “In Wales we look out for each other so I have no doubt in our ability to unite in big and bold actions to fight the climate emergency. Reaching net zero by 2050 will require decisive action over the next ten years, meaning government, businesses and communities coming together to change the way we eat, shop, travel and heat our homes.

“Whilst there will be upfront costs in taking action, the long term financial and wellbeing costs of doing nothing will be significantly higher. We know climate change will impact all of our communities, with floods in Wales predicted to become even more frequent and drastic than the last two years we have experienced.

“We mustn’t feel overwhelmed by the actions we take today to invest in our future. A net zero Wales will look healthier, happier and more prosperous for us and our children and grandchildren and all generations that follow.”

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