The proportion of the UK public describing themselves as “very concerned” about climate change has hit 35 per cent in the latest government survey, the highest level recorded since the survey began in 2012. Results from the latest BEIS Public Attitudes Tracker, which questioned 2,000 adults across Great Britain in March on their views on energy and climate change, reveals a record 80 per cent of the public are now “very” or “fairly” concerned about climate change. The result represents a sharp increase on the 65 per cent of the public in 2012 and 74 per cent in March 2018 who described themselves as concerned about climate change. Moreover, almost 70 per cent of people said they were concerned the UK is not investing fast enough in alternative sources of energy.
Business Green 9th May 2019 read more »
I have felt hopelessness over climate change. Here is how we move past the immense grief. Reality is taking its toll on our mental health, especially among younger people who are understandably losing hope for their futures on a hotter planet. We are seeing the rise of what is known as climate or ecological grief. This grief summarises feelings of loss, anger, hopelessness, despair and distress caused by climate change and ecological decline. We are facing a state of continual unfolding loss, compounding impacts on our psyches. It could be loss of animals and plants we hold dear or lifestyles we have grown accustomed to such as eating whatever we want whenever we want. As the time length between loss and impacts shorten, personal recovery times reduce. At the same time there is anxiety about what is still to come.
Guardian 9th May 2019 read more »
Whole areas of England may have to be abandoned due to the threat of flooding caused by climate change, experts have warned. The Environment Agency (EA) said communities near the coast or rivers could be forced to move as the country prepares to counter average global temperature rises of up to 4C.
Independent 9th May 2019 read more »
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