Almost a quarter of Brits now more concerned about climate change than they were last year

Nearly a quarter of the population are more concerned about climate change than they were this time last year, according to new polling published today by YouGov for charity 10:10 Climate Action.

When questioned about their level of concern, 23% of respondents said they were more concerned about the issue than they had been at the same time last year, compared to only 3% who said they were less concerned. 46% of respondents said they were concerned in 2017 and would remain at the same level in 2018.

A number of high profile climate change stories have hit the headlines in 2017. The start of the Trump Presidency saw him make good on his election pledge to begin withdrawing the US from the Paris Climate treaty, whilst a series of climate change linked hurricanes hit the US and Caribbean this summer causing widespread destruction. 

As part of their Carbon Crush campaign, 10:10 Climate Action are encouraging the public to use the new year as a chance to channel their concern and take action on climate change in 2018.  The campaign provides participants with climate focused tips, actions, advice and encouragement.

Alice Bell, co-director at 10:10 Climate Action.

As we look ahead to a new year,  there’s no better time to start combating climate change than right now. There’s been a lot to worry about in the last year, but there’s also a lot we can do to make a difference and build the hope we want to see in the future.

We know a lot of people want to take action on climate change, but are unsure about where to start. We also know that we’re going to tackle climate change, we need a whole load of people taking action in a whole range of ways - from eating less meat to getting your local streetlights switched to LED or lobbying the government on wind power. That’s why we’re providing a mix of tips, information and advice you need to make climate action a habit you can stick to in  2018.


Polling (question 3):

For further information and requests for interviews: Daniel Jones, press and profile officer, 0207 388 6688.

Notes to editors:

  • 10:10 is a UK based charity that brings people together to take positive, practical action on climate change. We engage citizens and communities in finding solutions that benefit the climate and their own lives too.
  • The Carbon Crush climate action toolkit is a month-long programme of tips, actions, advice and encouragement. 
  • All figures, unless otherwise stated, are from YouGov Plc.  Total sample size was 1,680 adults. Fieldwork was undertaken between 10th - 11th December 2017.  The survey was carried out online. The figures have been weighted and are representative of all GB adults (aged 18+).