The majority of over-50s believe the UK government should be doing more to address the climate crisis, even if it leads to higher prices, a study has found. A survey of more than 500 people aged 50 and over found that almost two-thirds want ministers to move faster on climate initiatives, regardless of whether it meant products and services would be more expensive over time, or more difficult to access. More than two in three people polled said they had bought fewer clothes to cut down on waste in recent years, while half reduced their vehicle use and consumed less meat and dairy. One in five said they only bought seasonal food, while half said they had reduced home energy use. The government is aiming to upgrade as many homes as possible to an average energy efficiency rating of C by 2035. But the average cost of improvements – which could mean insulating water tanks and lofts, or installing solar panels and heat pumps – can be much higher for older people because they tend to own older and less energy efficient homes. A study by Nationwide building society found the cost of improvements was about £8,100 on average, but rose to £25,800 for homes with a F or G energy efficiency rating. The average annual savings of greening a home are estimated at about £1,780 a year, meaning owners of older properties would only reap financial benefits after 14 years.
Guardian 30th Aug 2021 read more »
Half of over-50s have cut down on the amount of meat and dairy they eat in a bid to help the environment and reduce their carbon footprint, according to a survey. While 55 per cent are consciously trying to reduce their intake of animal-based foods, a similar proportion of people (52 per cent) also said they are now using their car less. Agriculture and road travel are two of the largest sources of global greenhouse gas emissions. Animal farming, especially involving cattle, is bad for the environment for various reasons and livestock accounts for 14.5 per cent of global greenhouse gases. Nearly two-thirds of those polled said they wanted the Government to move faster on climate change initiatives, even if it meant paying more for certain products or services or having more difficulty obtaining them.
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