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Climate change: Biggest global poll supports 'global emergency'

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Despite the pandemic, almost two thirds of people around the world now view climate change as a global emergency.That's the key finding from the largest opinion poll yet conducted on tackling global warming.
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The poll, called the "People's Climate Vote", has been organised by the United Nations Development Programme in conjunction with Oxford University.The organisers distributed poll questions through adverts in mobile gaming apps across 50 countries, between October and December last year.
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Across all countries, 64% of participants saw climate change as an emergency, requiring urgent responses from countries. The margin of error was +/- 2%.
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For people over the age of 60, this dropped to 58%. "People are scared, they are seeing the the wildfires in Australia and California, they're seeing the category five storms and in the Caribbean, they are seeing flooding in in Southeast Asia," said Cassie Flynn, strategic adviser to the UNDP."And they're looking around them and they're saying, this is a real problem. We have to do something about this."
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Top four policies to tackle climate change:Conserve forests and land (54%) Use solar, wind and renewable power (53%)Climate friendly farming techniques(52%)Investing more money in green businesses and jobs (50%).
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The least-favoured options for tackling climate change in this survey were a plant-based diet, with only 30% of respondents believing it to be the best.
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"When it comes to demographics, something that we saw very clearly was that there is a high correlation between a level of education and belief in the climate emergency. The more educated you are, the more likely you are to believe that there is a climate emergency," said Cassie Flynn."And this is really, really powerful, because it doesn't matter where you're from, it doesn't matter your age, education really, really is important."
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"How they respond to the climate crisis, how they respond to the Covid crisis, is really going to chart an entirely new pathway. And so in many ways, it is this moment of choice," said Cassie Flynn from UNDP."And what we wanted to do with the people's climate vote is to bring people's voices to that decision making, to bring people's voices to the climate debate."
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