26 Nov 2008 05:11:32
Climate change still major global concern
Climate change remains a major concern of the global population despite a financial downturn that has engulfed most of the planet, a recent survey shows.
The Climate Confidence Monitor, compiled by HSBC, surveyed 12,000 people in 12 countries and discovered that on average 40 per cent of people thought climate change was a bigger challenge than the economic slowdown.
Of the 12 countries surveyed Mexicans cared the most about climate change, with 65 per cent listing it as more important than the economy, while only 20 per cent of respondents in its northern neighbour, the US, were of the same opinion.
Mexico was also among the countries in which people demonstrated the highest commitment to making an effort to reduce climate change through personal decisions, with 40 per cent saying they would.
Meanwhile only 26 per cent of respondents in the UK signalled they were prepared to make a significant personal effort, a figure that was higher only than the US, where 24 per cent said they were committed.
Lord Stern, a leader in climate change policy who originally set out the economic costs and benefits of cutting carbon emissions, told the Telegraph: "At the moment people are not paying for the damages they inflict on others unless of course it is policy.
"I think if people thought this through they would realise that by not paying they are actually being subsidised. They pay for the labour they deprive other people of, they pay for the materials they deprive other people of but they do not pay for the livelihoods they deprive other people of through damage to the environment."http://tinyurl.com/562842