The important context is that this is an emergency. Everybody needs to be acting urgently to get started now, and put ourselves on a path to net-zero. And that’s true of every Canadian province.Kathryn Harrison, UBC environmental, climate and energy policy professor
"Clear policy – with teeth. Consistent direction. Mandated rules for disclosure from the private sector. These are all the must-haves if countries want to meet their net-zero goals and make money at the same time, according to [Mark] Carney." https://t.co/FqNVmB3qJq #cdnpoli
— Pembina Institute (@Pembina) October 17, 2020
Forty-one per cent of people globally sees climate change as a ‘very serious threat’ to their country, with 28 per cent being “somewhat concerned”. This compares to 13 per cent who say climate change is not a threat at all, and nearly one in five people worldwide with no opinion or awareness of the issue.
Although may people are aware of the risk, levels of scepticism and indifference are particularly high in the world’s biggest producers of climate changing emissions.
Climate change is an issue where peoples’ feelings about risk differ according to demographic variations. Age and gender have a small, but significant, impact on risk ratings. Younger people were more likely to rank climate change as a very serious threat to people in their country over the next 20 years, than older people (42 per cent of 15-29 year olds; 38 per cent of over-65s). Men generally viewed climate change less seriously than women. While men and women were about as likely to believe climate change represents a very serious threat (40 per cent men; 42 per cent women), older men were more likely than older women to say that climate change is not a threat at all (17 per cent of men over 65; 12 per cent women).
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