UK public concern about climate change ‘at record highs’

Nearly 45% of Brits feel ‘very or extremely worried’ about the impact climate change is having on the planet

Big Zero Report 2022

UK public concern over the climate crisis has reached record levels in the UK, a new study suggests a few hours after the opening ceremony of COP26.

The Cardiff University-led Centre for Climate Change and Social Transformations study suggests nearly 45% of Brits are ‘very or extremely worried’ about the impact of climate change on the planet and everyday life.

This is an increase from 39% in 2020 and 25% in 2016.

The poll of more than 1,000 people also shows more than half agree that ‘drastic action’ needs to be taken to tackle the climate emergency. 

Government action and individual behaviour change are seen as the most important steps towards effective climate action.

Lead Author Dr Katharine Steentjes said: “Public concern over climate change and its implications has been consistently on the rise in the UK over the last few years and this most up-to-date insight into citizens’ views delivers a very clear message at a pivotal moment for the climate emergency.

“We hope world leaders meeting in Glasgow this week will sit up and listen to this message that now is the time to take meaningful and concerted action on the climate crisis.”

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