74 per cent of Edmontonians concerned about climate change: city survey
Edmonton skyline. Nov. 13, 2019. (CTV News Edmonton)
EDMONTON -- A new City of Edmonton survey shows 74 per cent of Edmontonians are concerned about climate change and 75 per cent want the city to act now.
The third annual Climate and Energy Perceptions Survey polled 1,003 Edmontonians.
Other key findings include: 69 per cent agree climate change is caused mostly by human activities and 64 per cent say their actions contribute to the global impacts and 63 per cent say they are taking action to reduce it.
Fifty-two per cent of respondents said the city could be doing more to deal with climate change—an eight point increase from 2018.
“Year-over-year we are seeing that Edmontonians are growing more concerned about climate change and how it will affect their lives and the economy," said Mike Mellross, the city's general supervisor of energy transition and utility supply. "The results show residents want accelerated, decisive action on climate change and want the City to do more to limit emissions and prepare for the impacts of a changing climate.”
Eleven per cent of Edmontonians surveyed said they are not concerned about climate change.
As a general population non-probability survey, the city says it would be inappropriate to report a margin of error.