Scots are being put off making green changes, such as switching to an electric vehicle or installing sustainable heating, by the high costs involved. According to a poll for the BBC, 71 per cent of those who considered an electric car in the past year did not buy one due to the price. Money was also a factor for the 64 per cent who had thought of switching to greener heating but had not done so. The survey of 1,009 Scots by Savanta ComRes features in Disclosure: How You Can Stop Climate Change on BBC1 Scotland tonight. Disclosure reports that the action with the greatest short-term benefit is reducing meat consumption because the greenhouse gas generated by livestock rearing, methane, is up to 80 times more potent than carbon dioxide. But unlike CO2, which hangs around for centuries, methane lasts decades. Government advisers have suggested meat consumption should be reduced by a quarter over the next ten years. However, the survey suggested there was a reluctance, with 30 per cent saying they would not follow the advice and 79 per cent saying it was because they liked meat. Thirty-nine per cent said they did not believe eating meat was bad for the environment. Disclosure reports these changes are recommended by government advisers over the next 25 years if Scotland is to meet its targets.
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