Lawrence Solomon: Canadians lead western world in fearing climate change

(April 19, 2011) A new Ipsos poll shows that Canadians fear climate change more than residents of any other western country.

Canadians are the world’s seventh most fearful of climate change, and the most fearful among the western countries, according to a just released Ipsos Mori poll of 24 nations. The six more fearful countries include five that are developing or newly developed (Brazil, India, Indonesia, Mexico and South Korea) and one that is developed (Japan).

The western countries whose citizens fear global warming least are, in order of their dismissal of the issue: Great Britain, the United States, Italy, Belgium and Sweden.

The Ipsos Mori poll asked people to list the environmental problems most in need of government attention: “In your view, what are the three most important environmental issues facing [your country] today? That is, the top environmental issues you feel should receive the greatest attention from your local leaders?”

For the Ipsos Mori presentation showing how all the countries compare with each other on a host of environmental issues, click here. To see the detailed questions and breakdowns by demographic factors such as gender, age, and education, click here.

Lawrence Solomon is executive director of Energy Probe and the author of The Deniers. LawrenceSolomon@nextcity.com.

About Lawrence Solomon

Lawrence Solomon is one of Canada's leading environmentalists. His book, The Conserver Solution (Doubleday) popularized the Conserver Society concept in the late 1970s and became the manual for those interested in incorporating environmental factors into economic life. An advisor to President Jimmy Carter's Task Force on the Global Environment (the Global 2000 Report) in the late 1970's, he has since been at the forefront of movements to reform foreign aid, stop nuclear power expansion and adopt toll roads. Mr. Solomon is a founder and managing director of Energy Probe Research Foundation and the executive director of its Energy Probe and Urban Renaissance Institute divisions. He has been a columnist for The Globe and Mail, a contributor to the Wall Street Journal, the editor and publisher of the award-winning The Next City magazine, and the author or co-author of seven books, most recently The Deniers, a #1 environmental best-seller in both Canada and the U.S. .
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