More of us than ever are keen to align our lifestyles with a green and sustainable future, but many prioritise the wrong issues when trying to take action. That is the central conclusion from new research released today that reveals a dramatic disconnect between the environmentally friendly actions people assume will have a positive impact, and the ones that actually make the biggest difference. For example, just four per cent of Brits have started flying less or eating less meat in a bid to shrink their carbon footprint. And while 15 per cent have considered switching to a green energy supplier, only five per cent have actually done so. “People have been bombarded with messages about plastic pollution following the success of shows such as Blue Planet, so it’s no wonder many think reducing plastic is the top thing they can do to combat the climate crisis,” said environmental scientist, Dr Alexandra Jellicoe, in response to the findings. “Although essential for the health of our oceans, switching to reusable bags and cups has a minimal impact on an individual’s carbon footprint. One of the biggest things individuals can do is to freeze out fossil fuels by reducing air travel and switching to a green energy supplier.” Two-thirds of Brits are concerned about climate change and even more are willing to make changes to reduce the environmental impact of their lifestyles, according to the research, which was commissioned by clean energy provider Good Energy.
Business Green 1st Nov 2019 read more »
The prime minister could be poised to sound the death knell for the UK’s controversial shale gas industry after more than a decade of support for fracking, according to sources. Boris Johnson is expected to rule out any new fracking in the UK as part of his election campaign following rising opposition among voters and within his own party. The effective ban is widely expected to emerge within days, and green groups believe the “victory for common sense” could help kill off the industry after years of public protest over the environmental risks.
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