Deal With IT's Secretary Victoria Nicholls writes a regular column in the East Kent Mercury: A recent study carried out by Cardiff University has found that more people than ever before believe that the climate is changing and that human activity is responsible for some or all of the changes.
The threat from climate change is considered to be almost as important as health, the economy and immigration, coming in fourth place. Many people cite last winter’s terrible flooding as the reason for the realisation of the existence of climate change and saw it as a sign of things to come. A large percentage of people surveyed said that the floods were some of the worst events that have happened in the UK in recent years. Nearly two thirds of people thought that the floods were caused, wholly or partly, by climate change.
A very heart warming result of the survey found that most people were willing to take what action they could to curb greenhouse gas emissions and they wanted the government and businesses to take action, as well. This action included buying more energy efficient appliances where they could and making significant changes to their lifestyle, such as reducing car journeys.
Most people also supported the UK signing up to international agreements to limit emissions. Opinions on subsidies for renewable energy produced a split, with less than half of the people surveyed in agreement. The reason for this could be that few people realise that all energy production attracts subsidies, even those that rely on the burning of fossil fuels.