Thinking greener than actions
B.C. residents are concerned about the environment but they don’t give themselves top scores for taking personal action so far.
A new Ipsos Reid poll of 1,800 British Columbians found 85 per cent would give themselves a B or C grade for their efforts to go greener.
Just six per cent give themselves an A and the same number say they deserve a failing grade.
It’s not because they feel powerless to make change.
Seventy-four per cent of those polled said they think individual consumers have a significant impact in contributing to climate change.
And 62 per cent said they believe governments, companies and individuals have to jointly share the responsibility to fight climate change.
Household garbage is so far the top area where people are apt to take personal steps.
The poll shows 56 per cent of B.C. residents said their environmental concern has led them to recycle or compost.
But only 24 per cent said their concern has had a major impact on their main mode of transportation.
Likewise their choice of car (21 per cent), food (19 per cent) and cleaning products (27 per cent) were less likely to be “very significantly” influenced by environmental issues.
The poll of 1,800 residents in March is considered accurate to 2.3 points, 19 times out of 20.