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A third more adults view climate change as urgent problem

The proportion of adults who view climate change as an immediate and urgent problem has increased by one third between 2013 (46%) and 2017 (61%) based on statistics included in the Scottish Household Survey Annual Report 2017.

The Scottish Household Survey (SHS) includes questions about perceptions of climate change and people’s attitudes relevant to taking action to tackle climate change.

The Scottish Household Survey Annual Report 2017 was published on Tuesday 4 September. Key findings on climate change from this report include:

• The proportion of adults who view climate change as an immediate and urgent problem has increased by one third between 2013 (46%) and 2017 (61%)
• In 2017, 77% of adults disagreed or strongly disagreed with the statement “climate change will only have an impact on other countries, there is no need for me to worry”.
• Almost 60% of 2017 respondents disagreed with the statement “I don’t believe that my behaviour and everyday lifestyle contribute to climate change”.
• 73% of adults agree with the statement “I understand what actions people like myself should take to help tackle climate change”.

You can view the report in full on the Scottish Government's website.

13 September 2018

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