Most say they can and should do more personallyAs the country enters an election campaign, the latest Abacus Data–Clean Energy Canada poll reveals that 9 in 10 voters see climate action as important or urgent. And most people think they both can and should do more personally to help combat the threat.
- Across the country, 50% say action to reduce emissions is urgent, 40% important. These views are quite consistent across the country. They differ in Alberta, where 35% say urgent and 49% say important.
In the wake of several recent marches for climate action and with mass marches approaching on Friday (September 27), including one in Montreal with climate activist Greta Thunberg, the latest Abacus Data-Clean Energy Canada poll reveals:Across the country, 74% say that marches of students in different parts of the world calling for more action on climate change are a good idea.
- Fully 88% say they personally can do a little bit (30%), a fair bit (38%) or a lot more (20%) to reduce their impact in terms of greenhouse gas emissions. And 88% say they should do more, including 25% who say they should do a lot more, 36% a fair bit more, and 27% a little more. Regional differences on these questions are pretty mild, but generational differences are notable: younger Canadians are more likely to say they can and should do more to reduce emissions compared to older people.
- Most people want to see government policy of some sort to encourage emissions reduction. Given a choice between taxes, incentives, both or neither, 37% prefer incentives, followed by 35% who say both tools should be used. 10% prefer using only taxes, not incentives. And 18% reject the use of either policy approach. Once again, on this question, regional differences are mild.
We may no longer have Paris, but we have Minneapolis and 64 other cities in the U.S. The nation's withdrawal from the Paris Climate Accord notwithstanding, politicians across the United States are expressing their commitment to renewable energy. In late April, for example, Minneapolis became the 65th city to announce its intent to transition to 100% clean energy, aspiring to complete the transition by 2030. According to the Sierra Club, five cities, including Aspen, Colorado, and Burlington, Vermont, have already achieved their goal of transitioning to 100% renewable energy.