A Christchurch City Council survey shows nearly all respondents are taking action to reduce greenhouse gas emissions in their day-to-day lives.
The recent public Climate Change survey heard from around 3400 people. Of those surveyed, 97 per cent of respondents are already taking some form of action to try and reduce their emissions. The most common actions were recycling, reducing waste and buying local.
In addition 76 per centagreed that they are prepared to change their own behaviour in order to reduce their emissions.
Climate change was seen as important, or very important, by 79 per cent of respondents, which mirrors results from previous Council surveys.
“While it’s positive to see awareness remains high, we all have more work to do to address climate change. The good news is, people are already taking action and seem prepared to do even more ,” says Council Climate Resilience Lead Tony Moore.
The Council launched a campaign this year to raise awareness of its target to halve emissions by 2030 (from the baseline set in the 2016/17 financial year).
Transport makes up about 54 per cent of the total emissions from Christchurch District. The survey found 60 per centof respondents know that how we travel is the top contributor to our emissions.
However, there is a misconception about how much waste actually contributes to emissions compared to other larger sources. The Council’s emissions tracker estimates waste makes up 8.6 per cent of the District’s total emissions.
“Every action helps, but there are definitely some things we can do that will have a much greater impact on our footprint. For example, flying and driving less, biking, walking, catching the bus and improving the energy efficiency of our homes can all have a big impact and will save money and improve wellbeing,” says Mr Moore.
“We are putting the challenge out to everyone to consider what changes you can make, whether big or small, in your everyday life to reduce your own emissions.”