Nearly half of UK adults have defeatist attitude to personal climate impact, poll claims

(The Independent, 26 Oct 2019) Majority polled report feeling guilt when failing to recycle.

Nearly half of UK adults have a defeatist attitude regarding their own personal impact on climate change, according to a new poll. 

The survey of 2,000 people found 40 per cent of respondents confessed to having an “I’ll do it tomorrow” approach to being more eco-friendly.

A total of 17 per cent of respondents said they forgot to turn the lights off at their house, and 23 per cent drove short distances they could easily walk. 

Around one in four confessed to still buying carrier bags from the supermarket rather than using bags for life, while more than a quarter throw food waste straight into the bin, rather than composting it or putting it into food waste.

More than a quarter also put their washing on at 40 degrees or higher.

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The Independent, 26 Oct 2019: Nearly half of UK adults have defeatist attitude to personal climate impact, poll claims