While the Prime Minister Justin Trudeau aims to give a serious push to increase Canada’s contribution to the fight against climate change, Canadians seem to feel little concerned by this effort, according to a poll released Monday.
The survey conducted by the University of Montreal and the Trottier Energy Institute suggests that Canadians inform little on the subject and a good portion of them do not feel exposed to the risks of climate change. In addition, many Canadians said they would rather not pay more to invest in green energy.
The survey was conducted by telephone with 1,014 Canadians in September. Its margin of error is about 3.9%, 19 times out of 20.
According to the results, only 27% of respondents believe they are “well informed” about the climate issue, a subject which is also passed under the radar during the last election, do we emphasized in a statement.
Moreover, nearly a quarter of Canadians do not seem to feel really threatened by the consequences of climate change, while only 14% of respondents confided be “greatly at risk.” About 31% believe to be “low risk.”
Furthermore, a quarter of Canadians would not pay more to support renewable energy. In contrast, 44% said they were willing to pay between $ 1 and $ 100 per year. Only a third would be willing to pay even more.
There is also no consensus on the causes of global warming in Canada: less than half of Canadians (49%) believe that human activity is responsible for changes. However, this figure increases when asked if humans were “to some extent” responsible for global warming – 67% of them answered yes.
“The results of this study suggest that after years of federal inaction, the Trudeau government must now convince the Canadian public of the importance of the climate challenge (…) If climate policies are reclaimed, the public will not be far behind to support them. The government now has the challenge to strive to better communicate the benefits of the transition to a carbon neutral economy, “analyzed the researcher from the University of Montreal, Erick Lachapelle.